BBC Strictly Come Dancing 2021: McFly’s Tom Fletcher has a very famous family

The first live shows for the 2021 series of Strictly Come Dancing will air on the BBC this weekend.

Tom Fletcher was among the first celebrities announced to be taking part in this year’s series of the hit show.

Tom, 36, will be taking to the dance floor in the upcoming BBC One series and will be joined in the celebrity line-up by comedian and actor Robert Webb and TV presenter AJ Odudu.

The McFly star was seen showing off his first moves ahead of his first dance on Strictly this Saturday night. 

Tom introduced dance partner Amy Dowden on stage at the gig at the AO Arena in Manchester last night. 

The crowd couldn’t get enough as Fletcher embraced the professional dancer on stage in front of thousands.

The singer and guitarist showed off a cheeky sneak peek of his Cha Cha Cha live on stage during the band’s Young Dumb Thrills Tour.

Tom has previously revealed how it was McFly bandmate Harry Judd who convinced him to take part.

Enfield Independent: Harry Judd and dance partner Aliona Vilani (David Jones/PA)Harry Judd and dance partner Aliona Vilani (David Jones/PA)

The drummer won the show in 2011 with professional dancer Aliona Vilani and is full of praise for the BBC hit.

Tom said: “I can’t shut Harry up about Strictly. Don’t give him any screen time. He has been giving me loads of advice already.

“I remember when he won it. I watched it every week. It was partly watching him do that and seeing what an amazing experience he had.

“He had an incredible time, so I think since then I have had this secret little desire to do it. But it has always been his thing, so I wanted to make sure he was happy with me doing it.”

What viewers may not know is success runs in the family with his wife, sister and brother-in-law all famous in their own right.

Famous wife

Enfield Independent: Giovanna Fletcher won last year's I’m A Celebrity on ITV.Giovanna Fletcher won last year’s I’m A Celebrity on ITV.

Tom is married to last year’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! winner Giovanna Fletcher.

Giovanna Fletcher is an author, actress, blogger vlogger and presenter, she has presented the CBeebies series The Baby Club since 2019.

Giovanna was crowned the first queen of the castle as the show was based at the historic Gwrych Castle, Abergele in North Wales amid Covid travel restrictions.

Tom and Giovanna met at the age of 13 having both attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School in London.

The couple eventually married in 2012 and have three children together.

Famous sister

Enfield Independent: Tom's sister Carrie Hope Fletcher has appeared on the West End. (PA)Tom’s sister Carrie Hope Fletcher has appeared on the West End. (PA)

Tom’s sister Carrie Hope Fletcher is an English actress, author, siger-songwriter and YouTube star.

The 28-year-old played small roles on television and appeared on the West End as a child.

In 2011, she launched her YouTube channel Carrie Hope Fletcher, formerly known as ItsWayPastMyBedTime, which has music and vlogs.

Her videos have amassed more than 130 million views., she has also released five bestselling novels.

Fletcher played Éponine in Les Misérables in the West End until 2016.

Famous brother-in-law

Enfield Independent: Mario made his debut appearance on The Only Way Is Essex back in 2011. (PA)Mario made his debut appearance on The Only Way Is Essex back in 2011. (PA)

Tom’s wife is the sister of TOWIE star Mario Falcone making him Tom’s brother-in-law.

Mario made his debut appearance on The Only Way Is Essex back in 2011 during the third series.

In 2013, he entered the Big Brother house competing in the fifth series of the Channel 4 show.

Mario has said he credits is sister, Giovanna, with saving his life when he struggled with depression and attempted to take his own life.

He told Hello! magazine: “Giovanna was amazing. The ‘Mama Gi’ we saw on TV… she has always been that.

“She is super organised in a crisis and just knew what to do and got me to counselling.

“As a man you have your guard up and I felt I had to put on this kind of bravado, but she told me ‘you need to open up’. That saved my life without a doubt.”

BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing will air in the autumn as the line-up is revealed.

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