Ashbourne News Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By Gareth But­ter­field gareth.but­ter­field@ash­bourne­new­stele­

PARWICH ac­tor Tom Cham­bers has landed him­self a TV new role which takes him back to his vil­lage roots.

The for­mer Ca­su­alty and Holby City star made his de­but last week in Em­merdale, ITV’S York­shire-based mul­ti­award-win­ning soap.

Mr Cham­bers, who was brought up in Parwich, made the head­lines 10 years ago when he won Strictly Come Danc­ing with his pro­fes­sional dance part­ner, Camilla Dallerup.

He is now play­ing the role of Clive, the mys­te­ri­ous fi­ancé of Leyla Hard­ing.

Leyla, an un­lucky-in-love char­ac­ter played by Roxy Shahidi, re­turned from Greece ear­lier this month and made a stun­ning rev­e­la­tion to her friends, an­nounc­ing she was in love with a man named Clive whom she met while away – and they were due to marry.

It was re­vealed in Thurs­day’s episode that bad boy Clive has a mis­chievous his­tory which Leyla is un­aware of.

Mr Cham­bers has also ap­peared in the BBC school drama Water­loo Road and per­formed in a num­ber of mu­si­cal shows up and down the coun­try.

Born in Dar­ley Dale, Mr Cham­bers was a pupil at Rep­ton School, where he met his wife, Clare Hard­ing.

He has spo­ken in the past of his fond mem­o­ries of his time at Parwich Pri­mary School – and the days he spent with his friends on his bike on the Tiss­ing­ton Trail.

In 2008, the News Tele­graph re­ported on Mr Cham­bers’ weekly suc­cess on the pop­u­lar BBC Satur­day night show, Strictly Come Danc­ing.

Friends and fam­ily in Parwich packed his lo­cal pub, The Sy­camore Inn, to cheer him on as he and Ms Dallerup went on to win the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter be­ing re­prieved when fin­ish­ing bot­tom of the leader­board in the semi-fi­nals.

Mr Cham­bers be­came the third male win­ner.

He said be­ing in the show was “a dream come true” and he even had to change the date of his wed­ding to com­pete in the se­ries.

Em­merdale can be viewed Mon­day to Fri­day on ITV1 at 7pm with an ex­tra episode at 8pm on Thurs­days.

Photo: BBC

Parwich ac­tor Tom Cham­bers in an episode of the BBC show Ca­su­alty last year.

Clive (Tom Cham­bers) in a scene with Leyla (Roxy Shahid) in Em­merdale.

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