Who is Susan Calman? Strictly Come Dancing 2017 contestant, Radio 4 host and Scottish comedian

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SHE hit the headlines when she was confirmed as the ninth celebrity contestant on Strictly Come Dancing 2017.

And comedian Susan Calman is thoroughly enjoying herself so far in the world of glitter and glitz as she bids to be the latest star to hoist the glitterball trophy. Here’s the lowdown…

 Susan Calman has hit the Strictly dance floor

Susan Calman has hit the Strictly dance floor

Who is Susan Calman and why is she famous?

Susan Calman is a Scottish comedian famous for her work on a series of prolific TV and radio panel shows.

She used to be a corporate lawyer but was dissatisfied with her career and decided to pursue comedy instead at the age of 30.

Susan is a regular guest on Radio 4 and has appeared on The News Quiz, Now Show, and So Wrong It’s Right among others, as well as having hosted Woman’s House and Listomania.

She has also appeared as a TV panellist on Have I Got News For You, Mock The Week, QI, Pointless Celebrities, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Would I Lie To You.

In addition to panel shows Susan has performed stand-up at the Edinburgh Fringe and had a small role in sitcom Fresh Meat.

Susan has five cats called Pickle, Daisy Fay Harper, Olivia Pope, Dr. Abigail Bartlet and DCI Jane Tennison. She says they are “amazing” and often jokes about them during her many TV and radio appearances.

 Susan is a comedian who is a regular on panel shows

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Susan is a comedian who is a regular on panel shows

When is Strictly Come Dancing 2017 on and who are the judges?

Strictly Come Dancing launched on September 9 on BBC One, with the live shows kicking off on September 23.

Strictly always airs on BBC One in two parts. The main show is on Saturday normally around 7pm and the results show airs on Sunday at a similar time.

There will be a Christmas special again in 2017, with the celebrity participants expected to be announced in early November.

This year sees a new judging lineup after head judge Len Goodman retired.

He will be replaced by Shirley Ballas who joins returning judges Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel-Horwood on the panel.

There will be three new professional dancers joining the existing pros; Dianne Buswell, Amy Dowden and Nadiya Bychkova.

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