Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher has been announced as the replacement for the injured Jamie Laing on Strictly Come Dancing.

The 35-year-old will replace the Made In Chelsea star after he hurt himself during filming for Saturday night's pre-recorded launch show.

Best known for playing Andy Sugden on the ITV soap between 1996 and 2016, Fletcher will be paired with South African professional dancer Oti Mabuse.

He will make his Strictly Come Dancing debut in the first live show on Saturday September 21, which will see one couple booted from the programme in an early exit.

Fletcher, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, joins fellow soap stars Catherine Tyldesley, formerly of Coronation Street, and Emma Barton, from EastEnders, on the star-studded roster.

He said: "Is this really happening? It's been the most surreal week of my life. I'm a massive fan of Strictly so it's incredible.

"I'm so happy that I can be a part of it. But at the same time it's quite bittersweet. I'm coming in on the back of Jamie's injury - I keep thinking about him.

"I can't imagine going through all this excitement and then having to pull out. My thoughts are with him - he seems like a fantastic guy and I hope he's doing OK."

The unfortunate Jamie Laing

Fletcher married his long-time girlfriend Liz Marsland in November 2015, and they have a daughter, born in 2016, and a son, born in 2018.

He debuted in Emmerdale in 1996, when his character arrived as Andy Hopwood, but was adopted by Jack and Sarah Sugden and became a permanent part of the Sugden family.

His final scenes saw him bid an emotional farewell to his brother Robert (Ryan Hawley) as a fugitive on the run, leaving behind his on-off girlfriend Bernice (Samantha Giles), who decided not to go with him.