Actor Sid Owen is most famous for playing EastEnders character Ricky Butcher, the loveable, hapless mechanic and long suffering husband of Bianca.
He played the character on and off for nearly 25 years until his recent departure in June 2012, making him one of the most recognizable faces on UK television.
Sid previously ran a restaurant in France and became a published author in 2007 with his cookery book Life on a Plate: The Journey of an Unlikely Chef – he’s a man that can sing, act and cook – but can he dance?
Why have you decided to take part in Strictly this year?
I have enjoyed watching the show over the years and I have had lots of friends that have taken part in it. They have all always really enjoyed it, so I thought it was my time to give it a go! I am really looking forward to the whole experience, but mainly learning to dance and getting dressed up in all the outfits every weekend.
What qualities are you looking for in your dance partner?
I don’t mind, they are all great dancers, but I suppose I am looking for patience most of all – I’m not a dancer so feel like a bit of an underdog, but it gives me more motivation to work hard and get better.
How would you rate your dancing out of 10?
Not very highly – I don’t think I’m a very good dancer. Even at parties I’m the boring one who stands at the bar and hardly moves, I just sway in time to the music at the side and stay off the dancefloor!