She was the 11th contestant confirmed to be joining the
Candid revelations: Nina Wadia, 52, revealed she is not worried about the Strictly curse as she said role play has kept her marriage alive for 23 years
Nadia, who married Canadian composer Raiomond Mirza in 1998, said: ‘For me it’s accents. He’s c**p at doing them, it’s just the fact he makes the effort.
‘You have to be brave. It’s easier than you think because you’re not being yourself.’
She continued that having a good sex life is ‘hugely important… if you want your marriage to last long’.
‘I can’t imagine still being with my husband if we’d run out of steam, role play has come in very handy.’
Raunchy! The Goodness Gracious Me actress said she and her husband, Raiomond Mirza, put on accents in the bedroom to spice things up
The Strictly curse has been blamed for several break-ups after stars have fallen for their dance partners on the show.
But Nina is not worried one bit saying on podcast: ‘I wouldn’t be anywhere in my work, career or life if I hadn’t had the husband that I have. We are equal partners in everything we do.’
She added: ‘I have the best sex toy in the world – it’s called my husband.’
The star also said it is important for Indian women to get rid of the ‘shame and guilt’ around enjoying sex.
Real talk: The star (pictured in 2018) also said it is important for Indian women to get rid of the ‘shame and guilt’ around enjoying sex
It was revealed that Nina would be joining this years Strictly during Thursday’s episode of
Speaking to stand-in host Christine Lampard, the mother-of-two admitted: ‘I am so scared! I like dancing like no one’s watching, so we just need to blindfold the judges and I’m going to win!
‘I think I should do this before I’m too old and can’t walk anymore. I just want to grab life by the horns and just enjoy it.’
Nina added that she was concerned about getting dolled up with all the typical Strictly glamour as she confessed: ‘I always been a little bit of a tomboy so this is going to be a little bit of a struggle with me, the sequins and tanning – which makes me laugh because I’m Indian!’
The news broke! It was revealed that Nina would be joining Strictly during Thursday’s episode of Lorraine
Discussing her fellow contestants she revealed she’d already guessed a winner, saying: ‘I love Robert Webb and I think he’s amazing.
‘I’d want to vote for him and when I saw him do his flash dance for Comic Relief I thought no one can top that!’
Nina concluded: ‘It’s been a bit of a tough ride for a couple of years so I think its time we can go into fantasy land. I don’t even mind if people laugh at me I just want people to laugh!’
Nina is best known for playing Zainab Masood in EastEnders, where she won Best Onscreen Partnership and Best Comedy at the British Soap Awards, before leaving the soap in 2013.
The actress also had starring roles in Goodness Gracious Me and the Open All Hours spin-off Still Open All Hours.
A JDRF ambassador, she received an OBE in the 2021 New Year’s Honours List for her services to charity and entertainment.
Nerves: Speaking to host Christine Lampard, the mother-of-two admitted: ‘I am so scared!’
STRICTLY COME DANCING 2021: WHO ARE THE CONTESTANTS?
Profession: McFly musician
Tom says: ‘I’m so pleased the news is out it’s been so hard keeping it secret. Equal parts excited and terrified.’
Fun fact: Tom’s McFly bandmate Harry Judd won Strictly Come Dancing in 2011. Tom’s wife Giovanna Fletcher is the reigning champion of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
Profession: Actor and comedian
Robert says: ‘It’s very exciting but with a slight undertone of quivering terror.’
Fun Fact: Robert squeezed into a shiny leotard to take the title of Let’s Dance For Comic Relief in 2009, performing What A Feeling from ’80s film Flashdance, beating the likes of Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness to the title.
Profession: CBBC presenter
Rhys says: ‘I have dreamt about being on this show, and I know for a fact that it is going to exceed every expectation’
Fun fact: Rhys has been an actor since the age of ten, performing alongside Matt Smith and Hugh Bonneville.
Katie says: ‘I’m really not a dancer, but I’m so excited to learn a new skill on this crazy journey and cannot wait to slip into some sequins along the way.’
Fun fact: Katie, who played Sinead Tinker in Corrie, won a NTA for Best Serial Drama Performance in 2020.
Profession: CBBC presenter
Tilly says: ’I’m going to put my heart and soul into this and can’t wait to get my dancing shoes on!’
Fun fact: Tilly’s father is celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and the pair often star in dancing TikTok videos.
Nina says: ‘I think I should do this before I’m too old and can’t walk anymore. I just want to grab life by the horns and just enjoy it.’
Fun fact: Nina is a JDRF Ambassador and was awarded an OBE in the 2021 New Year’s Honours List.
Adam says: ‘I’m really looking forward to doing something totally different and challenging myself away from the pool.’
Fun fact: Adam becoming the first British swimmer to defend an Olympic title at Tokyo 2020.
Profession: Rugby player and sports pundit
Ugo says: ‘What a dream come true! Strictly is the biggest entertainment show on TV and I can’t wait to show everyone I’ve got more than just dad dancing moves.
Fun fact: Beginning his rugby career at Harlequins in 2002, Ugo went on to make 241 appearances for the club where he scored 89 tries, won a Premiership and made his England debut in 2008.
Profession: TV presenter
AJ says: ‘I think it’s going to be really challenging. I can’t wait for the sequins, the wigs, the glitz and the glamour.’
Fun Fact: AJ has appeared as a panelist on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two in the past, too.
Profession: Great British Bake Off Winner and TV chef
John says: ‘I’m so grateful, excited, and nervous to be joining the Strictly 2021 family… I’ve been wearing sequins and jazzy attire since I was three years old and can’t wait to hurl myself, full throttle, around the most glamorous dance floor on earth’
Fun Fact: John is set tp be part of the first ever all-male partnering – the first in 17 years of the show
Sara says: ‘I’m really nervous because so far the producers keep asking me if I can dance… Truth be told – I haven’t got a clue! I’ve not danced since I did ballet lessons when I was little.’
Fun fact: Sara was the youngest ever dragon on BBC show Dragons’ Den.
Dan says: ‘I’m enjoying the experience when it starts of learning to dance. I’ll be honest I’m not making room on any shelves in my house for the glitterball.’
Fun fact: Dan recently quit Football Focus after 12 years at the helm and has been covering Tokyo Olympics.
Greg says: ‘It’s about being out there and exposing yourself as someone who can’t dance, and learning.’
Fun fact: Greg is married to the actress Emma Thompson who he met while filming Sense and Sensibility.
Rose says: ‘I hope I will do the deaf community proud and break down more barriers. I am also very excited to learn an incredible new skill.’
Fun fact: Rose will make history as Strictly’s first deaf contestant.
Judi says: ‘I’m truly looking forward to pushing myself in something that I could have only dreamed of doing and now it’s actually coming true!’
Fun fact: Judi began comedy when she performed a set in front of her class for a degree module.