Strictly Come Dancing star talks dreams with celebrity gladiators

Strictly Come Dancing star talks dreams with celebrity gladiators

Gemma Atkinson

Gemma Atkinson wants to join Celebrity Gladiators (Photo: David Fisher/Shutterstock)

Gemma Atkinson is reportedly already in talks to become her next celebrity gladiator special.

The Strictly Come Dancing star, who reached the final of the BBC’s Latin & Ballroom show in 2017, will test himself again in another highly physical competition.

The 39-year-old actress is a big fan of the game show, which first aired on ITV in the 1990s, and her agent is said to have started talks with executives about appearing in the revival.

“When Gemma heard that a celebrity special was being planned, she told her agent that she would love to appear on it,” a source said. mirror.

“‘Gladiators’ was Gemma’s favorite show growing up and she’s now into fitness so it would be her dream show.” Negotiations are ongoing – the show’s team has confirmed that she I’m excited to be so enthusiastic. ”

Back in 2018, the former Hollyoaks actress admitted that it was actually the iconic Gladiator jet that inspired her own fitness journey.

Gladiator Legend Jet - aka Diane Udale

Gemma was inspired by the legendary jet from Gladiator (Photo: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

“This woman here [Jet] That was why I started going to the gym and training,” she wrote years before the BBC revived the show. “I loved Gladiator.”

She’s in luck, as Beeb bosses decided to commission a celebrity spin-off following the huge success of the comeback series.

Program producer Dan Baldwin, managing director of Hungry Bear Media and Holly Willoughby’s husband, recently told BBC Radio 4: “I can reveal we’re going to be doing a celebrity special.” Ta.

“You always watch old shows that are no longer on TV. You’re always coming up with new ways to bring shows back.

Gladiator - Bradley Walsh, Gladiator Finlay Anderson, Marie-Louise Nicholson, Barney Walsh

Finlay Anderson and Marie-Louise Nicholson win the revival series (Photo: BBC/James Stack/Hungry Bear Media Ltd/PA Wire)

“There’s nothing wrong with that, because those shows were great for a reason. We’re always looking to see what could come back and be a hit, like ‘Gladiator.’ .”

Finlay Anderson and Marie-Louise Nicholson were crowned Gladiators champions earlier this month after a tense final battle and 11 weeks of grueling ordeal.

They took on the likes of Saber, Fury and Steel as the popular competition returned more than 20 years after its first run and the public is now keen to audition for series two. has contacted the BBC and Gemma Atkinson’s representatives for comment.

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