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davood ghadami & gemma atkin­son

Eastenders hunk Davood, who plays mar­ket stall­holder Kush Kazemi in the Wal­ford soap, and Gemma, who plays the re­cently de­parted Carly Hope in Emmerdale, will both be tack­ling a new chal­lenge in the spot­light when they be­come con­tes­tants in Strictly Come Danc­ing, which has its launch show this fort­night. ‘Hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to take part in this year’s Strictly is an hon­our,’ says Davood. ‘It’s go­ing to be ex­cit­ing, chal­leng­ing and ter­ri­fy­ing all at once. I’m so look­ing for­ward to step­ping out of my com­fort zone and learn­ing to dance.’ Gemma adds: ‘I’m be­yond ex­cited and in­cred­i­bly ner­vous! But I’m look­ing for­ward to learn­ing a new skill in ball­room and Latin danc­ing and tak­ing on this new chal­lenge.’

NOW Step­ping out: Davood leaves Wal­ford to strut his stuff on the pop­u­lar dance show then Sales tac­tics: Davood as hunky stall­holder Kush Kazemi in Eastenders NOW Danc­ing queen: Gemma’s all set for this year’s se­ries of Strictly then Trou­bled: Gemma played Carly Hope and made her exit with Matt in Emmerdale

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