Lesley Joseph, 70, 'to strut her stuff on Strictly'

Lesley Joseph, 70, 'to strut her stuff on Strictly'

Lesley Joseph is reportedly set to be the oldest female Strictly Come Dancing contestant in the show's history.

The Birds of a Feather star is said to have signed up to compete in the BBC talent show when it returns to screens in September (16). At 70, she will be the third oldest contestant in the show's history - following Johnny Ball and Paul Daniels, who were 74 and 72 respectively when they appeared on the programme. If rumours about the upcoming series' line-up are to be believed, Lesley is going to have some stiff competition from younger competitors, including former Eternal singer Louise Redknapp and ITV's Judge Rinder.

However, a source told The Sun newspaper that Lesley is determined not to be defined by her age on the programme, and wants to impress the judges with her fancy footwork.

"Strictly bosses have wanted Lesley for years," the insider said. "She is determined not to just be the token older contestant."

News of Lesley's involvement in the show comes as something of a surprise, considering the actress previously ruled out appearing.

She took part in the 2010 series of Comic Relief's Let's Dance, where celebrities danced to raise money for charity, but admitted her dancing skills leave a lot to be desired.

"I don’t dance. The public like to see celebs making fools of themselves," she said when appearing on the show. "I would have liked to have done Strictly a few years ago, but I’m not so sure now."

A BBC spokesperson refused to comment on the line-up claims. The celebrities involved in the programme will be judged by Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli. But this year will mark Len's final one on the series, and his replacement has yet to be announced. It was recently reported that the show's professional dancers Brendan Cole and Anton du Beke are both vying to replace Len on the panel.

- Cover Media