Bill Bailey and Caroline Quentin are reported to have signed up for the next run of Strictly Come Dancing.

The 55-year-old comedian and the 60-year-old actress are set to be among the stars who will compete for the glitterball trophy on the upcoming series of the BBC dance show.

A source told The Sun newspaper's Bizarre TV column: "The BBC are delighted with the double signing. Caroline is looking forward to the challenge and wants to get properly stuck in."

This year's run of the much-loved show has been delayed until October and will have a limited run of nine weeks rather than the usual 12, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Caroline Quentin

Bill Bailey previously revealed he had turned down the show because he thought the judges were too harsh.

He said: "I've been asked a couple of times. I like the idea of the dancing but it is so judgemental, which isn't for me.

"I'd like to learn to dance without the critique. It's pretty harsh and withering."

But he reportedly changed his mind this year as his live comedy performances have been axed, due to the global health crisis.

An insider explained: "It's a hard time for live performers so it seemed a good chance for Bill to commit to the show."