12 November 2019 06:32
Get an extra Strictly fix with some of your favourite Albert Square residents. Children in Need: EastEnders Strictly special: Who are the celebrities and pro dancers? Can't get enough of Strictly Come Dancing? Then we've got great news. As well as the rest of the 2019 series and the Christmas special, there's also a one-off Children in Need episode featuring EastEnders actors, and it's airing on the same weekend that the main show heads to Blackpool.
[Read more: Children in Need boss responds to charity album being pulled from chart race] Here's all you need to know about who's taking part in the EastEnders/Strictly Children in Need contest. Ricky Champ and Luba Mushtuk Ricky Champ became the bad boy of Albert Square in 2018 when he joined the soap as the troubled Stuart Highway and set about causing no end of problems for the Carters. He's been matched with Strictly pro Luba Mushtuk, who was voted out first with partner James Cracknell in this year's series. Ricky said: "I am so excited to be taking part in the Strictly Come Dancing EastEnders special. I'm looking forward to showing the world my moves. Bring it on!" Louisa Lytton and Gorka Marquez Strictly fans will be familiar with Louisa Lytton's dancing skills as she was a contestant during the 2006 contest where she finished fourth with Vincent Simone. Louisa plays Ruby Allen, who returned to Walford in 2018 after 12 years away and has been at the centre of a high-profile sexual consent storyline and rape trial. For the Strictly special, she has been paired with Gorka Marquez who is having a series away from the main cast this year after welcoming his first child with partner Gemma Atkinson. Louisa said: "It feels like a lifetime ago since I did Strictly Come Dancing so I am beyond excited to put my dancing shoes back on and return to the famous floor. It's for a fantastic cause which makes it all the more special." [Read more: Rylan Clark-Neal inspired for karaoke challenge by charity visit] Maisie Smith and Kevin Clifton She's been on our screens on and off since she was a child as Bianca and Ricky's daughter Tiffany Butcher, but Maisie's recent Walford storylines have been much more hard-hitting as her character has grown older. Maisie has the advantage of being matched with Kevin Clifton, who's reached the Strictly final five times, won it once, and is currently on his second dance partner of 2019 as he stands in for injured Neil Jones alongside footballer Alex Scott. Maisie said: "I'm flattered to be part of such an iconic show. Strictly has been a family favourite in my house for years. I can't wait to put my dancing skills to the test!" Rudolph Walker and Nancy Xu The oldest EastEnder taking to the dancefloor is Rudolph Walker, 80, who has played Patrick Trueman since 2001. He will be dancing with new Strictly pro Nancy Xu, who has only joined the cast this year and so far has appeared in group dances but has not had a celebrity partner. Rudolph said: "I am thrilled to be taking part in this year's competition and can't wait to get started. Although at 80 years old, it's probably best I don't try to do the splits!" Children in Need airs on BBC One and BBC Two on Friday, November 15 from 7.30pm. Learn more about BT TV Images: BBC