She wowed us on the dancefloor in Strictly Come Dancing‘s Christmas special two years ago and is set to shimmy off the competition with partner Artem Chigvintsev in the new series. But Fern Britton has always been a mover, as these retro snaps show.

Taken in 1982 while then 25-year-old Fern shook her stuff on BBC regional show That’s Rich, the photos prove Fern will make a formidable contestant! ‘I remember I quite enjoyed the tap dance routine,’ she says. ‘But I have to say I’ve forgotten most of the steps, so I’m starting from scratch with Strictly’.

We think she should don a shiny leotard for the first live show – she’s obviously got the moves!

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