Often hailed as Britain’s most famous vicar, many forget that Richard Coles has quite the musical past. In his late teens, he moved from Northamptonshire to London to work as a session musician in the theatre, where he met future collaborator Jimmy Sommerville.

The pair sashayed into showbiz in the 1980s as pop outfit The Communards, with Richard flexing his musical talents on the saxophone, clarinet and keyboard. It was here, in the world of 80s pop where Richard would first encounter a Strictly legend ­– Bruno Tonioli, who choreographed the band’s video for Never Can Say Goodbye.

After several number one hits and some whirlwind years in the music biz, Richard swapped the pop star life for priesthood, snapping up a Theology degree at King’s College London in the early 90s.

By 2005 he’d been ordained into the Anglican faith and he hasn’t looked back since. He’s even the inspiration behind the lead character of BBC comedy Rev, on which he also served as a main advisor.

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Richard will be taking part in the fifteenth series of Strictly and is partnered with Dianne Buswell

Strictly Come Dancing

Week Dance Song Judges scores TotalLeaderboard
1 Cha cha cha There Must Be An Angel 2 4 6 5 17 =12th (15)

WEEK 1 - Cha cha cha

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