Nigel Harman QUITS Strictly Come Dancing just hours before live show after ‘sustaining an injury’
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Nigel Harman has quit Strictly Come Dancing just hours before Saturday night’s live show after sustaining an injury.

The actor, 50, was gearing up to perform a Charleston to Step in Time from Mary Poppins with his professional partner Katya Jones for the quarter finals.

However, he has had to pull out of the BBC dance contest on medical grounds after sustaining an injury, which is said to have left him ‘really disappointed’.

The BBC confirmed to MailOnline: ‘Unfortunately Nigel has sustained an injury which means he is unable to perform in tonight’s show and has had to withdraw from Strictly.’ 

Nigel is not the only star who has quit the 2023 Strictly series after Amanda Abbington – who was paired up with Giovanni Pernice – quit in October due to medical reasons.

Nigel Harman (pictured after training on Monday) has quit Strictly Come Dancing just hours before Saturday night's live show after sustaining an injury

Nigel Harman (pictured after training on Monday) has quit Strictly Come Dancing just hours before Saturday night’s live show after sustaining an injury

The actor, 50, was set to perform a Charleston to Step in Time from Mary Poppins with his professional partner Katya Jones (both pictured on the show last week) for the quarter finals

The actor, 50, was set to perform a Charleston to Step in Time from Mary Poppins with his professional partner Katya Jones (both pictured on the show last week) for the quarter finals 

However, he has had to pull out of the BBC dance contest on medical grounds after sustaining an injury, which is said to have left him 'really disappointed'

However, he has had to pull out of the BBC dance contest on medical grounds after sustaining an injury, which is said to have left him ‘really disappointed’

Nigel reportedly missed training on Saturday morning amid his exit, after working ‘really hard’ in rehearsals to try and secure a place in the final.

A source told The Sun: ‘Nigel wasn’t in training this morning, and other dancers were informed later on in the day. He and Katya were really disappointed as they were hoping to stay in the competition.

‘They hadn’t been in the bottom two so had a real chance of making it to the finals.

‘Nigel has been training really hard and really through himself into rehearsals.’

His exit leaves just Ellie Leach, Bobby Brazier, Layton Williams and Annabel Croft still left in the contest battling it out in a bid to lift the iconic glitterball trophy.

After the BBC announced the news on social media, fans were quick to take to the comments section to share their dismay at the popular star’s exit.

Others also questioned whether there will still be a public vote after Nigel’s exit or if the date of the final, set for December 16, will change. MailOnline understands that the logistic details of any changes will be shared in Saturday night’s episode.

Nigel is not the only star who has quit the 2023 Strictly series after Amanda Abbington - who was paired up with Giovanni Pernice - quit in October due to medical reasons

Nigel is not the only star who has quit the 2023 Strictly series after Amanda Abbington – who was paired up with Giovanni Pernice – quit in October due to medical reasons

STRICTLY COME DANCING 2023: THE CONTESTANTS’ PROFILES

Layton Williams

Age: 28

Profession: Actor

Layton says: ‘Absolutely buzzing to confirm that I will be taking part in THE most iconic dance competition in the UK! It’s time to bring it to the Ballroom. So excited to learn new skills from the best. Bring on the sequins… ALL the sequins!’

Age: 22

Profession:  Coronation Street star

Ellie says: ‘It still doesn’t feel real that I’m going to be doing Strictly!! It’s always been a dream of mine so I guess dreams really do come true!!!!’

Age: 20

Profession:  EastEnders star and model 

Bobby says: ‘I’m so excited to be part of the Strictly line up, I can’t wait to start training like a professional dancer and adding a few moves to my locker. I’m looking forward to performing in-front of everyone.’

Nigel Harman 

Age: 49 

Profession:  Actor

Nigel says: ‘I’m amazed, excited, and terrified to be doing Strictly. As an armchair fan of the show I have watched in awe as people have twirled and gyrated across the screen. And now it’s my turn…..gulp!’

Age: 57 

Profession:  Broadcaster and ex tennis player

Annabel says: ‘I have always loved watching Strictly and can’t quite believe I’m going to be part of this magical show – swapping tennis balls for glitter balls and looking forward to finding some joyfulness in the process.’



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