Nina Wadia tipped to ‘smash’ Strictly as she was ‘pretty good tap dancer’ at school


Old college buddies have praised the flowery footwork of the 52-year-old former EastEnders actress who grew up in Hong Kong, saying she is going to ‘smash’ Strictly Come Dancing

Old college buddies of strictly contestant Nina Wadia have praised her fancy footwork forward of present launch

Nina Wadia was tops at faucet dancing as a lady and is ­already being tipped as a attainable Strictly winner.

Old college buddies have praised the flowery footwork of the 52-year-old former EastEnders actress who grew up in Hong Kong.

Classmate Michelle Redward stated: “Nina will smash this as she was a fairly good faucet dancer again at school days.” Fellow ­pupil Noni Bright stated: “She is a beautiful, ­bubbly woman and I want her all the most effective on Strictly.”

Tom Banks, vice chairman of the Island School Alumni, ­revealed comic Nina had proven a aptitude for the dramatic again in 1984 within the college’s manufacturing of Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest.

Old college buddies have praised Nina (pictured as a baby) fancy footwork

He stated she had been to highschool reunions and he final noticed her at one in Norwich in 2007.

Nina herself has stated she was an actual tomboy on the college, whose previous pupils embrace comic Harry Hill, 56. She was good at cricket, netball and volleyball and favored “leaping off mountains, and hold gliding”.

This weekend, the mum of two, who was raised in Mumbai, India, ­earlier than shifting to Hong Kong when she was 9, admitted having had some dance expertise.

Nina in a college manufacturing of The Importance of Being Earnest in 1984

Nadia is married to Indian movie composer and producer Raiomond Mirza


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The ex-Loose Women panellist, who discovered fame with the 1998 comedy present Goodness Gracious Me, stated: “I did Indian dance coaching known as Bharatanatyam, from ages 4 to 9.

“And from 11 to 16 I did faucet ­dancing in Hong Kong.”

Nina, who’s married to Indian movie composer and producer Raiomond Mirza, has been making an attempt to spice up her stamina and health ranges forward of Strictly’s stay exhibits, which kick off on September 25.

She stated: “I’ve been strolling however not likely exercising in order that’s ­going to be the hardest ­problem. I’m stretching and, you recognize, simply taking my basic health degree up a notch, however actually only a notch.”

Some of her rivals are leaving no stone unturned of their quest to look good on the dance ground.

They are weight-reduction plan, hiring ­private trainers, getting spray tans and whitening tooth, in ­pursuit of bodily perfection.

Ex-Coronation Street star Katie McGlynn, has taken Zumba courses to arrange for Strictly


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Ex-Coronation Street star Katie McGlynn, 28, has been figuring out with a coach and brought Zumba courses to arrange for Strictly – and get into its notoriously figure-hugging outfits.

She stated: “I do know Zumba isn’t the identical however that’s simply to attempt to get within the mindset of studying routines. I’ve additionally been coaching rather a lot with my private coach and he’s been sensible. I’ve simply been making an attempt to get match and eat nicely.”

Fellow contestant and 2012 Great British Bake Off champ John Whaite, 32, admitted he’s going all out to look good when he shimmies on to the present together with his male companion.

The 2021 contestant line-up for Strictly Come Dancing



He stated: “I’ve achieved weightlifting now for years, and I’ve actually obtained into bodybuilding up to now 18 months. So I’ve now began to include extra stretching and cardio into my routine.

“I’ve been watching what I eat as I need to get extra lean. I’m additionally shaving my chest much more than I ever did.”

But John will face competitors within the health stakes from the likes of Olympic champion swimmer Adam Peaty, 26, and ex-England rugby participant Ugo Monye, 38.

Actor and comic Robert Webb, 48, has been operating and doing weights.

His Peep Show co-star David Mitchell believes he has an excellent likelihood of profitable, regardless of his coronary heart operation in 2019.

David stated his pal was identified for his dancefloor strikes once they had been college students collectively at Cambridge University.

“He’s a very good dancer. He received Let’s Dance for Comic Relief,” stated David, 47.

And actor Greg Wise, 55, star of 1995’s Sense and Sensibility, plans to dazzle judges with newly whitened tooth. He stated: “Throw on the ­sequins, spray me with tan, whiten my tooth and I’ll be fantastic.”

The launch present is on Saturday at 7.45pm on BBC One.

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