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Strictly Come Dancing favourite Joe McFadden quit Holby City to boost his chances to win the Glitter Ball

HOLBY City actor JOE McFADDEN has come out of nowhere to become the new favourite to win Strictly Come Dancing. But before his character was killed off in Thursday night’s episode of the BBC1 drama…

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HOLBY City actor JOE McFADDEN has come out of nowhere to become the new favourite to win Strictly Come Dancing.

But before his character was killed off in Thursday night’s episode of the BBC1 drama, Joe revealed he had to quit to stand any chance of winning the Glitter Ball trophy.

Joe McFadden reveals he had to quit Holby City in order to compete on Strictly

BBC Pictures' Digital Picture 9 Joe McFadden reveals he had to quit Holby City in order to compete on Strictly

On his departure, the Scot — who played Dr Raffaello “Raf” di Lucca for four years — said: “It’s been great because I can concentrate on Strictly.

It’s worked out for the best.” His character met a grisly end after he was shot by Fredrik Johansson, son of the CEO of Holby City Hospital.

When he hung up his scrubs, Joe hoped his stint on Strictly would “open doors” to a role in the West End.

And he has certainly got the moves having overtaken DEBBIE McGEE to become the new bookies’ favourite, with the help of dance pro KATYA JONES.

Joe says he hopes doing Strictly will open doors for him

BBC Pictures' Digital Picture 9 Joe says he hopes doing Strictly will open doors for him

Joe's character was shot in what was a grisly end for him on Holby City

9 Joe’s character was shot in what was a grisly end for him on Holby City

He said: “Strictly has given me a hunger to do live theatre again, to challenge yourself.

“It feels like the stars are all aligned.”

Let’s hope the bookies are right and Joe makes it to the final.

Joe McFadden and Katya Jones dance the Samba on Strictly Come Dancing

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IT is the much-wanted reunion that fans have been waiting 15 years for.

The talented cast of The League Of Gentlemen are releasing three new episodes on BBC2 on December 18, 19 and 20.

The League of Gentlemen will release three episodes in the lead up to Christmas

9 The League of Gentlemen will release three episodes in the lead up to Christmas

But MARK GATISS, who has also starred in Sherlock and is in the upcoming Christmas Day Doctor Who special, insists they did not want to make a fuss.

Mark as Butcher Hilary Briss, said: “We didn’t want to feel like a Nineties band getting back together.

“But the lovely thing is that we are doing it because we want to, not because we have to. The thing that finally made a difference was the question, ‘Oh, I wonder what happened to . . . ?’

“That takes care of a lot of it. That immediately gives you somewhere to go.”

Mark Gatiss said that him and his co-stars never split up but they wen their separate ways like ABBA

Splash News 9 Mark Gatiss said that him and his co-stars never split up but they went their separate ways like ABBA Tubbs and Edward want to keep their Local Shop just for locals in The League of Gentlemen

The League Of Gentlemen became an instant hit when its horror house of comedy characters hit screens in 1999. When the last series aired in 2002, Mark said he and co-stars STEVE PEMBERTON, REECE SHEARSMITH and JEREMY DYSON never really went their separate ways.

He explained: “We never split up. We just stopped for a break, a bit like ABBA.”

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SUSAN SARANDON, star of BBC2’s Feud: Bette and Joan, was approached by BETTE DAVIS herself to appear in a film about the Hollywood icon but had to turn it down.

She said: “There was no script and I didn’t have the wherewithal to make it happen.”

Homme Front

HIS love life has taken a knock and a tumble – much like the Dancing On Ice training.

But if KEM CETINAY’s choice of clothing is anything to go by, he’s already feeling like a “new man”.

Kem Cetinay seems to have already moved on with his sweater saying 'new man' in French

Flynet Pictures 9 Kem Cetinay seems to have already moved on with his sweater saying ‘new man’ in French

Kem has already been pictured getting close with his professional partner Alex Murphy

Flynet Pictures 9 Kem has already been pictured getting close with his professional partner Alex Murphy

Four days after splitting from fellow Love Island winner AMBER DAVIES, he wore a top with the French phrase “Nouveau Homme”, suggesting he has moved on.

Pro partner ALEX MURPHY was on hand to soften the blow as she guided him through a series of fancy tricks on the ice.

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Ainsley’s Ready & Waiting

HIS red tomatoes and green peppers inspired a generation of amateur chefs.

Now AINSLEY HARRIOTT is hoping he can get the next wave of kitchen wannabes off their seats by reviving hit show Ready Steady Cook after seven years off the air.

Ainsley Harriott will be reviving hit show Ready Steady Cook

Getty – Contributor 9 Ainsley Harriott will be reviving the hit show Ready Steady Cook

Ainsley said: “A lot of people would like to see it back – it was a fantastic programme. I think it was one of the most natural cooking programmes on TV.”

It ran from 1994 until 2010, with Ainsley at the helm for the final ten years. He believes the show is much better than current competitions.

He added: “You saw the ingredients and it was real time. MasterChef and all of them, they never do it in real time.

“If things went wrong, you saw them go wrong. It had an energy of its own.

Ainsley says that the show Ready Steady Cook is better than current competition cooking shows

Getty – Contributor 9 Ainsley says that the show Ready Steady Cook is better than current competition cooking shows

“I’d love it to come back as it identifies with a nation of people.”

I’ll need more than 45 minutes to perfect my culinary skills.

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Who is Megan McKenna? The Only Way Is Essex star and singer who dated Harry Eden and Pete Wicks

MEGAN McKenna is arguably the biggest star to star on The Only Way is Essex in recent years. She has also been on the box with a new reality show There’s Something About Megan and had a successful …

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MEGAN McKenna is arguably the biggest star to star on The Only Way is Essex in recent years.

She has also been on the box with a new reality show There’s Something About Megan and had a successful single, giving Taylor Swift a run for her money – but lost her beau Pete Wicks in the process. Here's the latest on the Towie star…

 Here's what you need to know about Megan Here's what you need to know about Megan

Who is Megan McKenna?

Born Megan Elizabeth McKenna on September 26 1992, Megan is the eldest of two sisters.

She grew up alongside her little sister Milly in Woodbridge, Essex.

Before becoming a reality star, Megan had wanted to pursue a career in music, and attended ArtsEd Theatre School as a teen.

Although she also played violin, she focused on becoming a singer, and first appeared on our screens on Britain's Got Talent in 2009.

She joined Towie in early 2016, but by late 2017 she announced she was taking some "time off". It is not known when she'll return.

 Megan joined the TOWIE cast as Pete Wick's girlfriend in 2016 - and it's been a rollercoaster ever sinceXposure Megan joined the TOWIE cast as Pete Wick's girlfriend in 2016 – and it's been a rollercoaster ever since

What is happening between Megan and Pete Wicks?

Megan and Pete started dating around April 2016 and things progressed when she joined Towie.

They even talked of “love” until they were rocked by a sex text scandal in September last year.

The couple reunited a few months later and were officially back together by December that year.

However, their rollercoaster romance hit the skids again in March 2017 and they split again.

They have now split once more and emotional scenes aired on Towie on October 18.

Did Megan cheat on Pete?

Soon after their break up, Megan was seen connected to her old flame, Harry Eden.

Liam Gatsby later threw himself into the mix and sensationally claimed he has evidence to prove Megan cheated on Pete – something her friends have strenuously denied.

One told The Sun Online: “Clearly as Gatsby has no storylines he feels the need to make up lies about Towie’s biggest character in order to get some air time.” Megan and Harry were dating casually, but as of November 2017, that has fizzled out and Megan is now single.  Megan is back with new show There's Something About MeganITVBe Megan is back with new show There's Something About Megan

What other shows has Megan been on besides Towie?

Megan appeared on BGT alongside a pal and got through to the semi-finals with their performance as singing duo Harmony in 2009.

Susan Boyle and Diversity also participated that year.

In 2015, she became a cast member on the third series of MTV's Ex on the Beach, which was set in Mexico.

She returned for the fourth series with then-boyfriend Jordan Davies – and they became engaged during the finale but split four months later.

In early 2016, she joined the seventeenth series of Celebrity Big Brother – and became a household name.

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Who is Georgia Kousoulou? The Only Way Is Essex star, swimwear designer and Tommy Mallet’s girlfriend

THE latest series of Towie is up and running – with all the usual spats, break-ups, make-ups and trips to the salon. Here’s all you need to know about curvy stunner Georgia Kousoulou wh…

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THE latest series of Towie is up and running – with all the usual spats, break-ups, make-ups and trips to the salon.

Here's all you need to know about curvy stunner Georgia Kousoulou who's part of the glamorous cast and as one half of the "power couple" with her boyfriend of three years, Tommy Mallet…

Action shot ☀️👙

A post shared by Georgia Kousoulou 💋 (@georgiakousoulou) on Jan 14, 2017 at 11:55am PST

Who is Georgia Kousoulou? What's her background?

26-year-old Georgia was brought up in Essex by her mother and Greek father.

You're most likely to see her knocking about with friends Lydia Bright and Chloe Lewis.

She is a straight-talking girl who puts loyalty first and isn't afraid to speak her mind.

In the first few seasons, she proudly displayed her hourglass figure announcing she was "repping it for the curvy girls".

She continues to do so, although she has definitely become more trim in the last year or so.

I think I was born to live in the sun & be a life guard ☀️👙

A post shared by Georgia Kousoulou 💋 (@georgiakousoulou) on Jan 20, 2017 at 10:23am PST

When did Georgia Kousoulou join Towie?

Georgia joined the Towie cast in 2014 for the 11th series. Other cast members to join at the same time included Fran Parman and Grace Andrews, although neither of them are still on the show.

Georgia is still a prominent character on the show, with her story-lines revolving around her increasingly solid relationship with Tommy Mallet and her bust-ups and make-ups with the girls.

Dinner nights ❤️ Love my "LUCY" dress #BYGEORGIAK @my_uniquelook £30 BUT you can get 20% off with code TREAT .. we all need treats in January 😘www.myuniquelook.com (link in bio)

A post shared by Georgia Kousoulou 💋 (@georgiakousoulou) on Jan 22, 2017 at 9:03am PST

Who has Georgia Kousoulou dated?

Georgia and Tommy Mallet's relationship has become a staple of the show but it didn't start off very well.

When they first got together Georgia gave Tommy a set of rules that he shouldn't break for their new romance to blossom but viewers weren't impressed when he broke them immediately by being rude to her in front of her friends.

Despite the shaky start, the pair have grown stronger together with characteristics like his fierce loyalty and clear affection for Georgia earning him a place in viewer's hearts.

Wet hair . No makeup . Just Holiday vibes ❤️

A post shared by Georgia Kousoulou 💋 (@georgiakousoulou) on Jan 22, 2017 at 3:21pm PST

The Essex power couple appear to be going strong, which is unusual for the world of Towie. Perhaps it's the romantic gestures like his heartfelt message carved into pumpkins and their January get-away to Mexico.

Before Tommy came on the scene Georgia briefly toyed with the idea of dating Dan Osborne.

The pair flirted for her first two seasons, making co-star Jasmin Walia very jealous, but nothing came of their dates.

What does Georgia Kousoulou do for a living?

If our Showbiz pages are anything to go by you could be forgiven for thinking that Georgia spends her time swanning around countries with sunnier climates in high-waisted bikinis, but you would be wrong.

👙x3 😜 Tenerife 💁 Bikini @mermaids_x

A post shared by Georgia Kousoulou 💋 (@georgiakousoulou) on Jan 30, 2017 at 11:53am PST

Since she first appeared on the Bafta-award winning show Georgia fronted a campaign by the Federation of Bakers to promote bread's nutritional value.

Georgia released her own swimwear brand called Summer Dreams in 2016, with the line including beachwear, swimsuits and accessories.

On her blog byGeorgiaK she said: "I am so excited to be launching my very first swimwear collection – I love the summer and love looking good by the pool and beach so this really is a dream come true for me.

"I’ve been able to express my vision and my inner Greek Goddess within the pieces."

Towie's Georgia Kousoulou has a furious argument with Amber Turner and Yazmin Oukhello 

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Who is Courtney Green? The Only Way Is Essex star, Chloe Meadows’ best friend and Myles Barnett’s girlfriend

COURTNEY Green is best pals with Chloe Meadows and used to be in a girl band with The Only Way Is Essex’s Megan McKenna and Amber Turner. The Towie favourite has made amends with Megan after …

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COURTNEY Green is best pals with Chloe Meadows and used to be in a girl band with The Only Way Is Essex's Megan McKenna and Amber Turner.

The Towie favourite has made amends with Megan after Chloe felt she was being used for 'storylines' – here's all you need to know.

 Towie's Courtney Green appeared on Celebrity Sex PodFame Flynet Towie's Courtney Green appeared on Celebrity Sex Pod

What's Courtney best known for?

The brunette is a regular on ITVBe's The Only Way Is Essex.

Courtney made her first appearance on the reality show alongside best friend Chloe Meadows.

She was working as a junior PA before rising to fame on the popular series.

 Courtney joined Towie last year with best friend Chloe MeadowsFame Flynet Courtney joined Towie last year with best friend Chloe Meadows

Is Courtney single?

Courtney had been dating co-star Myles Barnett for a couple of months before officially going out on the show.

She asked out Myles on International Women’s Day – but unfortunately, it majorly backfired.

Courtney texted Myles to tell him she was taking him out to dinner and had a surprise for him when he arrived.

Holding out a teddy bear with the words Be Mine written on it, Courtney made it clear she wanted to date Myles exclusively.

There then followed a painfully long pause and Myles asked: “You’re actually asking me out?”

Explaining her approach, Courtney said: "Yeah, well, my mum said to me that when she was my age obviously my dad asked her out and I thought ‘I’m not like everyone else’".

He then effectively rejected her and made all viewers cringe on the sofas.

But a week later he asked her to be his girlfriend… just before accusing her of being a "psycho".

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