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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