Davood Ghadami partnered with Strictly newcomer Nadiya Bychkova
- Bang Showbiz
- 8 September 2017
'EastEnders' star Davood Ghadami is said to be the envy of his 'Strictly Come Dancing' co-stars after he was partnered with newcomer Nadiya Bychkova
Davood Ghadami has been partnered with Playboy Playmate Nadiya Bychkova on 'Strictly Come Dancing'.
The 'EastEnders' actor - who plays market trader Kush Kazemi in the soap - is said to be the envy of several of his co-stars on the Latin and ballroom show after it was revealed he will team up with the professional dancer for the forthcoming series.
A show source said: "Everyone has been teasing Davood that he's bagged the dancer everyone else wanted.
"Nadiya is drop-dead gorgeous. Who wouldn't want to dance with her. She's also a top, top dancer having been world champion twice."
The 35-year-old hunk - who has two daughters, Eva and Grace, with wife Isobel, 36, who he married in 2010 - and Nadiya are said to be pleased with their partnership, and he is hoping she will be able to turn him into a top dancer.
The source added to The Sun newspaper: "Davood and Nadiya found out earlier this week and are chuffed with the pairing.
"He's got a lot to learn and hopes she can teach him a thing or two."
Davood was the second celebrity to sign up for 'Strictly' and admitted he is looking forward to learning a new skill.
He said: "Having the opportunity to take part in this year's Strictly is such an honour.
"It's going to be exciting, challenging and terrifying all at once and I am so looking forward to stepping out of my comfort zone and learning to dance. See you under the Glitterball!"
Davood will follow in the footsteps of several 'EastEnders' stars who have taken to the 'Strictly' dancefloor in the past, including Kara Tointon (Dawn Swann), who won the trophy in 2010.
Other Walford contestants have included Tameka Empson (Kim Fox), who was last year voted out second, and 2015 runner-up Kellie Bright (Linda Carter).