CHAMP KELVIN: ‘MU­SI­CALS ARE STRICTLY OFF LIM­ITS FOR ME’

BUT STRICTLY KING KELVIN RULES OUT ROLES IN WEST END

Manchester Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - By LUCY MAPSTONE

STRICTLY Come Danc­ing cham­pion Kelvin Fletcher has ruled out head­ing to the West End af­ter lift­ing the Glit­ter­ball Tro­phy.

The former Em­merdale star, who won the 2019 se­ries with dance part­ner Oti Mabuse on Satur­day, said he prefers work­ing on TV and in drama, and that he hopes his ap­pear­ance on the show will bring him new op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Speak­ing af­ter his win, Kelvin said he does not in­tend to fol­low pre­vi­ous Strictly stars – such as Jay McGui­ness, Joe Sugg and Kim­ber­ley Walsh – into the mu­si­cal theatre world.

He said: “As an ac­tor I’ve loved danc­ing, but for me drama and film is where I want to be and what I want to do, and hope­fully this has been an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to see me in a dif­fer­ent light, and I’m hope­fully con­fi­dent that I can get back into the act­ing world.

“Who knows what the fu­ture brings?”

He added: “I think the West

End is fan­tas­tic, but for me TV and drama is where I want to be.”

Old­ham-born Kelvin, 35, is also look­ing for­ward to go­ing on hol­i­day with his wife El­iza and their two young chil­dren af­ter spend­ing the past few months in a danc­ing stu­dio.

“I’m go­ing on hol­i­day next week with my fam­ily, just to get away for a few days,” he said. “I’ve felt a lit­tle bit guilty be­ing away from them, so I def­i­nitely want to take them away, my chil­dren, just to see them and hold them.”

Kelvin Fletcher and dance part­ner Oti Mabuse lift the glit­ter­ball tro­phy on Satur­day night Kelvin and Oti on the dance­floor

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