Diving into the details of Nigel Harman’s abrupt departure from Strictly Come Dancing, we explore the circumstances leading to his exit. The actor’s sudden withdrawal from the live event a few hours before its commencement has been attributed to a reported injury. It is understood that Harman, a former EastEnders star, might have fractured his ribs while performing a manoeuvre during rehearsals.
Furthering the intrigue, there were whispers of backstage turmoil that coincided with Harman’s departure. Sources alluded to the actor’s alleged “mood swings” that caused a stir among the team. Renowned for his serious disposition behind the scenes, the 50-year-old, who was partnered with Katya Jones, was known to have emotional eruptions when things didn’t fall into place. However, the BBC downplayed these rumours, stating that injuries are unfortunate and that Harman’s presence would be greatly missed by everyone associated with him.
The impact of Harman’s retreat was felt across the show’s structure, leading to the cancellation of the dance-off. Consequently, the results of the week will be rolled over to the subsequent episode. This unexpected turn of events sparked discontent among viewers, who took to social media to voice their displeasure. The absence of the usual public vote and elimination led many to label the Sunday night show as “dull” and “unnecessary”. The slot left vacant by Harman was filled with a musical performance and interviews. The BBC expressed their hope for Harman’s enjoyable stint and anticipation to see him in the final on December 16.
Born on August 11, 1973, in London, England, Nigel Harman is a versatile British actor revered for his roles in television, theatre, and stage. His artistic journey began in childhood in 1984, but he took a hiatus from public view from 1991 to 2002. Standing at 5 feet 10 inches tall, Harman received his education at the Arts Educational Schools and Dulwich College in London.
He shot to fame for his portrayal of Dennis Rickman in the BBC serial drama EastEnders from 2003 to 2005. This role not only endeared him to the audience but also won him critical acclaim, earning him three British Soap Awards, four Inside Soap Awards, and a National Television Award. With his compelling performance, Harman cemented his place as a central character and sex symbol on the show.