Everything you need to know about Strictly's latest star Jayde Adams
Strictly Come Dancing’s line-up is shaping up pretty fast, with comedian and actor Jayde Adams among the starry names to have signed up for the flagship BBC show.
The 37-year-old will be joining Loose Women presenter Kaye Adams (no relation!), Radio 2 favourite Richie Anderson, Hear’Say singer Kym Marsh and former Hollyoaks actor Will Mellor on the iconic programme.
The celebs will be pairing up with pro dancers to put their tango and waltz skills to the test as they battle it out on the ballroom floor in front of judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke.
As she starts dusting off her dancing shoes, here is everything you need to know about Jayde Adams.
Jayde, 37, is a comedian, actor, writer and singer who is originally from Bristol.
After her sister Jenna died at the age of 28 from a brain tumour, Jayde said she stopped performing comedy gigs, having just started the circuit.
But once the grief began to lift, Jayde rebooted her comedy career, revealing that her sister’s death later gave her the fearlessness to pursue her dreams.
Her breakthrough happened in 2014, when she won the main gong at the Funny Women Awards, paving the way for a Soho Theatre show.
As well as appearing on TV, and making her acting debut in Russell Howard’s A Gert Lush Christmas, Jayde continued to win acclaim for her humour.
In 2016, she performed her first set at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards.
Three years later, she returned to the Scottish capital with show The Ballad of Kylie Jenner’s Old Face.
What TV shows has Jayde Adams been in?
Jayde is no stranger to television, and has appeared on dozens of shows as a presenter, comedian, actor and panelist.
On the acting front, Jayde is best-known for her hilarious role in celebrated BBC comedy Alma’s Not Normal and for starring in Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens.
Elsewhere, Jayde has made audiences chuckle on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Russell Brand’s Stand Up Hour for Comic Relief, Roast Battle and The Chris Ramsey Show.
More recently, she has hosted Channel 4 and Netflix cooking show Crazy Delicious, which sees daring home chefs impress judges such as Heston Blumenthal with wacky, avant garde dishes.
Jayde’s other presenting gigs include Channel 4’s Snackmasters, which she fronted alongside First Dates star Fred Sirieix.
She was also invited, having performed as an Adele impersonator on the drag scene, to take part in Adele at the BBC.
But Jayde walked out of the show just before the Hello hitmaker surprised her doppelgangers because she started feeling suspicious of the programme makers, missing out on the opportunity to meet the Grammy Award winning star. What an error!
It is thought the pair are still together because there have been no reports of a split.
Rich hosts the In The Men Brain podcast which tries to destigmatise men discussing their feelings and opening up about their mental health.
She certainly is! Jayde currently has 64.3K followers on the social media site and you can become one of them through her handle @msjaydeadams.
On the ‘gram, Jayde has shared snaps of herself posing at a Lady Gaga concert and getting a trim at her favourite hairdressers.
Strictly returns to BBC One in September.
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