Layton Williams plans to sparkle as brightly as the Strictly women when he becomes the first male contestant to hit the dance floor in a dress.
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The West End star, 28, who has asked to be paired with a man, will also appear in male outfits. And sources say BBC bosses are thrilled Layton will be breaking new ground on the show.
One said: “Layton made it clear very early on that he didn’t want to be pinned down to just wearing male costumes. “He wanted his Strictly outfits to reflect different sides of his personality and everyone fully supports him on that. So he will have a chance to wear Strictly dresses, as well as the men’s sharp suits, when he performs. There are some really exciting looks in there. Layton can’t wait to get started.
Layton – the first stage actor cast as Billy Elliot told last year how taking on the lead role in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie helped him embrace his love of glamour.
He said: “I was looking at pictures of myself on the red carpet from the Jamie movie premiere and I thought, ‘Hmm, would I, as Layton, have felt comfortable wearing a gown to a premiere if I hadn’t explored my sense of self?’ I’ve always wanted to rock the heels, the gowns, the dress… and now I just love it.”