EastEnders star James Bye reveals how Strictly will affect Martin’s storylines

Strictly Come Dancing‘s return is just around the cornerwith class of 2022 getting ready to strut their stuff on the dancefloor for the next few months… or weeks, depending on how soon they get voted off.

The BBC One favorite is quite a full-on affair, and for a soap actor like EastEnders‘James Bye, your day job is already pretty full-on, so something’s got to give.

Luckily for James, he’s worked out a way to continue filming scenes as Martin Fowler while taking part in the competition, telling Inside Soap magazine: “It’s a massive commitment.

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“Luckily, both shows are filmed in Elstree, and my bosses at EastEnders have been very supportive in terms of quieting my storylines to make sure I’m given the chance to do as best I can on strictly. I think I’d be mad not to think about lifting the Glitterball!”

I have revealed that fellow EastEnders actors who competed on strictlysuch as Rose Ayling-EllisJake Wood and Scott Maslen, gave him advice including to make sure he eats a lot of food and to enjoy every minute.

Unfortunately for him, he also admitted to not having much dance ability.

“I’ve just not got that natural ‘thing’ that these professional dancers have,” he said.

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“I think I just can just about do the steps and then we can try and add some character into it.

“I have no real dance training at all, though, so it may take me longer to pick stuff up. But I’m going to give it everything.”

Strictly Come Dancing returns on Friday, September 23 on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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