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You may recognise Kelvin Fletcher from his 20 year stint as Andy Sugden on Emmerdale but right now he can be seen shaking his snake hips on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. Having wowed judges and fans with his slick dance floor moves, the 35-year old is now one of the favourites to walk away with the Glitterball trophy.

Oldham-born Kelvin isn’t just an award-winning actor with some impressive credits under his belt. He’s also a model and a racing driver and has raced professionally in the British GT championships.

What got you started in your field of work?

I started at the Oldham Theatre Workshop at the age of 7. I thought of drama as a hobby and then I just fell in love with it. I ended up getting a TV role in Charlie is My Darling as Charlie. Then that took me onto the London Palladium.

From that it just spiralled. I did bits in Cracker, Heartbeat, and Coronation Street then onto Emmerdale where I stayed for 20 years.

Who have been your biggest influences?

Definitely my family. My mum and dad have always supported me no matter what I choose to do. They instilled a sense of self belief and attitude into me which I am forever grateful for.

What is your proudest achievement so far?

My friends and my children are my biggest and proudest achievements.

I’ve got a great support network and a cracking group of friends. I’m proud to be mates with them all and wouldn’t change them for the world. Not many people have a group of friends that they are so close too. I am very lucky.

My little ones, Marnie and Milo, are fantastic. I couldn’t be prouder of creating such great kids. I love being a dad.

What does a typical day involve?

At the minute, in the midst of Strictly, my day starts at 5am. I get up and then head to the gym for 5.30am. It’s good for the mind and I really enjoy going.

I then try and get home for 7 to have breakfast with my family. I love doing the school run so I like to make sure I do that then it’s off to dance rehearsals with Oti (his partner on Strictly). I don’t get home till about 11pm. It’s very long days at the minute. I’m loving it but I do miss my kids like crazy. Its like ships in the night sometimes.

I get taught my dance moves on a Monday and I make sure I know the routine by Tuesday lunchtime so that we can spend the rest of the week perfecting it.

How do you relax on your days off?

A bit of golf, a few beers and yoga, believe it or not.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Be patient. In the industry I’m in, as for most self-employed creatives, it’s a waiting game. It’s so hard to keep positive and the rejection is sometimes hard to take. There are times when there is no work, then three jobs come along at once, like buses. Patience is key. Good things come to those who wait.

If things hadn’t worked out, what else could you have seen yourself doing?

I love kids so maybe a babysitter! Ha ha.

I am also a racing driver. I love motorsport so, who knows, maybe I would do that full time. I’ve raced in British GT Championships and toured around the country with it. When I’m doing it I get obsessed with it.

Tell us one thing about yourself people might be surprised to hear

I’m 35. I look 25. My age shocks people.

Red or Blue?

Neither, I’m not a huge footy fan.

Name your three favourite places in Manchester

I love PKB, Spinningfields and the Manchester Arena.

If you could change one thing about Manchester, what would it be?

Weather. Its crap isn’t it? It always seems to be raining.

What do you love most about Manchester?

The people. I spend a lot of time in different cities and you can’t beat a northerner. Everyone is just so friendly, great sense of humour and always up for a laugh.

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