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Strictly’s Nadiya Bychkova reveals Christmas special dance partner had secret health battle that left him unable to walk

STRICTLY siren Nadiya Bychkova is no stranger to a man with two left feet – having taught celeb hopefuls including David James and Matt Goss to dance. But for the BBC show’s Christmas edition she is taking on a whole new challenge after being paired with Larry Lamb — its oldest ever male contestant at 75. And getting the former EastEnders and Gavin & Stacey actor up on his feet has not been easy, as pro dancer Nadiya told how he fought back from a secret health problem to make his dancefloor debut.

In an exclusive interview, she said: “It’s incredible he’s going to be dancing. “It’s quite a challenge because he couldn’t walk a couple of years ago because of some health problems and some operations. “It’s not my thing to say really, but for him now to dance, it’s exciting.

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They will compete against celebrities such as former Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts and BBC radio presenter Rickie Haywood-Williams in the show, which will air on Christmas Day. And while Nadiya is at the peak of her fitness after competing in this year’s series with her now eliminated partner Matt Goss, she is understandably taking things slowly with Larry. Most read in News TVNOT CUSHTY Only

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