• The People's Strictly for Comic Relief contestants revealed

    Strictly Come Dancing is letting members of the public take to the dance floor for the first time in March, and now the lucky competitors have been revealed. Over 11,000 super-fans were nominated from across the UK to take part in The People's Strictly for Comic Relief, but they have now been whittled down to just six. Each participant has been chosen for their timeless work to change lives for the better, and has been paired with a Strictly professional for the one-off show. They are spending five weeks learning the ropes with their dance partner before performing for

  • Pierce Brosnan backs Idris Elba to be the next James Bond

    Idris Elba has long been the favoured choice to take over the role of James Bond when Daniel Craig steps down – and may now have had his weightiest endorsement to date, from a former 007. Pierce Brosnan, who played the debonair spy in four films between 1994 and 2002, gave Idris his backing during an interview with the Radio Times this week. Asked whether he thought Idris would make a good Bond, Pierce replied, "Yeah, he would actually. Colin Salmon also. May the best man get the job, and may Daniel bring home the bacon for as

  • EastEnders anniversary: character to tweet during live show

    One EastEnders star has been given a very special role during the show's 30th anniversary week – Himesh Patel. The actor, who plays quiet and determined Tamwar Masood, will be live tweeting as his character in upcoming episodes. This will be the first time that a character in a UK soap has interacted in real time with viewers through social media. Fans of the show will be able to see Tamwar's posts on the official EastEnders Twitter page, as well as its Facebook account. CLICK ON PHOTOS TO ENLARGE Himesh Patel, who plays Tamwar Masood, will be live

  • Richard Blackwood: 'Joining EastEnders has changed my life'

    Richard Blackwood has revealed that he broke down and cried after being offered a role in EastEnders. The former MTV presenter said the new job has changed his life, and expressed his gratitude to the show's executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins who cast him in the role. "Before Dominic came to me, I had resigned myself to the fact that maybe this country wasn't going to give me a role like this," Richard told The Mirror. "When the audition came for EastEnders, I didn't think I would get it. "When I got it I went back to my car and