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Helen George, Jay McGuiness and Jake Wood complete the Strictly Live Tour line up

The 2016 celebs

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CALL the Midwife actress Helen George and The Wanted’s Jay McGuiness are confirmed to compete in the 2016 Strictly Come Dancing UK tour, together with EastEnders actor Jake Wood who starred in the 2014 TV series.

This completes the line-up for the tour, which opens in Birmingham on January 22.

Jay, Helen and Jake join Frankie Bridge from The Saturdays, actress Georgia May Foote from Coronation Street, Celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott and TV presenter Anita Rani.

They will be joining the 2016 tour host Mel Giedroyc, together with judges Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood (who also directs the tour) and Bruno Tonioli for the 30 date live extravaganza.

The professional dancers from this year’s ratings winning BBC One TV series are also now announced and the pairings are:

Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton.

Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice.

Helen George and Aljaz Skorjanec.

Ainsley Harriott and Natalie Lowe.

Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani.

Anita Rani and Gleb Savchenko.

Jake Wood and Janette Manrara.

Karen Clifton will also join the tour for the professional dances and group numbers.

Helen George is best known for her role of Nurse Trixie Franklin in the multi award-winning BBC series Call the Midwife. She has also received critical acclaim for her varied stage credits in productions such as The Woman in White and High School Musical. She also appeared in Paul W S Anderson’s feature film The Three Musketeers.

Helen said: “I had a brilliant time on Strictly, so I’m very excited to continue my journey and have the chance to show off some of my favourite dances to audiences on the UK Tour. I’m sure that it’ll be amazing to dance in front of huge arena audiences with Aljaz! I’m very much looking forward to the audience helping me feel at home on the dance floor each night!”

Jay McGuiness is one fifth of the globally successful band, The Wanted. Since their 2010 debut album was released, they have enjoyed huge success all over the world, including two number one singles in the UK with All Time Low and Glad You Came.

Jay said: “I’m used to performing in front of massive crowds when touring with The Wanted, but performing with Aliona on the Strictly Live Tour will be a totally different experience. I’m loving my time on the TV series, but the idea of being back out in front of live arena audiences is something I’m very much looking forward to.”

Jake Wood has been a part of some of the most memorable storylines on EastEnders for the past decade, performing the role of Max Branning. He impressed the judges and TV audiences alike with his slick dance moves on last year’s BBC One series of Strictly Come Dancing, and now he has the chance to show off his skills to arena audiences on the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2016.

Jake said: “I really enjoyed my time on Strictly last year but couldn’t do the tour due to EastEnders’ filming commitments, so it’s great to get the chance to throw myself into the whole experience again as part of the 2016 Strictly tour. I’m so pleased that Frankie is doing the tour as well so we can enjoy reliving it all again together and I’m very happy that I’m being reunited with Janette. I can’t wait to relive some of my favourite dances in arenas across the country!”

Read more about the 2016 Strictly Come Dancing UK tour.