Inside BBC Strictly Come Dancing star Nigel Harman’s love life with famous wife

Strictly Come Dancing star Nigel Harman has been the one to watch since the BBC series first kicked off in September.

The 50-year-old actor, best known for his role as Dennis Rickman on EastEnders and Max Cristie on Casualty, is partnered with Katya Jones and is one of the favourites to win the competition. On Saturday (November 4), Nigel and Katya danced the Tango to Nothing Breaks Like a Heart by Mark Robson featuring Miley Cyrus.

The couple were awarded out of 40, placing – on the leaderboard. He's been dazzling fans every week, and it's fair to say he's left a lot of Strictly fans swooning in the process.

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But unfortunately for them, he's happily married. Supporting him each week is famous wife Lucy Liemann, a successful actress who has a number of credits to her name.

The 49-year-old has starred in several popular TV shows, including The Bill, The IT Crowd, Midsomer Murders, Moving Wallpaper, Reggie Perrin and TV film Agatha Raisin. Her most notable role came as Lucy in the third instalment of the Jason Bourne film series, The Bourne Ultimatum, opposite Hollywood's Matt Damon.

Nigel and Lucy reportedly met while filming BBC drama, Hotel Babylon in 2009. The former soap star played hotel owner Sam Franklin for the duration of the show's fourth season, while Lucy starred as Charlotte Newhouse for one episode.

The couple tied the knot in 2011 and welcomed a daughter the following year, whose name is not known. The acting duo prefer to keep details of their relationship away from the spotlight, but Nigel couldn't help but mention his family when chatting about Strictly.

He told Whattowatch: "Basically Strictly has been on in our house for a while now. My daughter’s really into it and we sit down and watch it as a family, so that was a good enough reason to say yes!"

Nigel added: "Although when I told my wife she just laughed – I’m not sure if it was because she’s thrilled for me or she was picturing me dancing!" The star's daughter, who is around 11-years-old, unfortunately can't cheer her dad on from the studio as guests have to be 16 or over, but she is no doubt supporting him from home.

After topping the leaderboard in week one with an impressive Paso Doble, Nigel spoke to RadioTimes and said his wife and daughter came to watch him rehearse. "My wife and daughter popped in to watch us go through our routine and they really enjoyed it. It was really lovely," he told the publication. Katya added: "I will tell you her little face – she was so proud! That's all that matters, isn't it, at the end of the day."

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