Colin Salmon leaves Strictly

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Colin Salmon

Colin Salmon

Colin Salmon was the fourth contestant to depart 'Strictly Come Dancing' last night (04.11.12).

Colin Salmon is the fourth celebrity to leave 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The 49-year-old actor - who was partnered with Kristina Rihanoff on the BBC show - went head-to-head with showbiz reporter Richard Arnold when they both failed to set the dancefloor alight, but three of the judges chose to save Richard and send Colin home, which he accepted "with grace".

He said: "I've got to say without question, this is one of the greatest shows I've ever been involved in.

"The quality of the competitors this year is seminal. I respect everything that's been said by the judges - what you do is knowledge.

"Anybody who is out there who may have doubts, you have to understand that this is a discipline beyond anything we understand. So I accept with grace this decision."

The 'Tomorrow Never Dies' star - who follows Johnny Ball, Jerry Hall and Sid Owen in departing the show - also paid tribute to Kristina, saying he would miss her.

He added: "I'm going to miss Kristina, she is an amazing dancer, a pre-eminent dancer in her field. She's taught me many, many things. That's going to be the biggest thing."

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