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Kevin Clifton’s Strictly not out of work — he’s foxtrotting into a musical

KEVIN CLIFTON has landed his ‘dream role’ in Strictly Ballroom The Musical.

He revealed last week that he was quitting Strictly Come Dancing.

The former Strictly professional, 37, will take on the lead as Scott Hastings in the theatre production based on Baz Luhrmann’s 1992 film.

And he will be reunited with Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood who is the show’s director.

Great Scott, he’s off to tread the boards: Clifton and Susanna Reid in 2014’s Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour PICTURE: REX

Clifton said: ‘I’m beyond excited to be finally fulfilling a lifelong ambition to play Scott Hastings in Strictly Ballroom The Musical.

‘When I was 10 years old I first watched the movie that would become my favourite film of all time. This is my dream role.

‘Plus I get to work with Craig Revel Horwood again! I really can’t wait to don the golden jacket and waltz all over the UK from September this year in what’s set to be an incredible show.’

The musical starts in Nottingham and culminates in Reading in June 2021.

Luhrmann’s film became a cult hit, with Australian actor Paul Mercurio playing Hastings, a professional ballroom dancer who partners novice Fran.

Last week Clifton, who won the 16th series of Strictly with partner Stacey Dooley, said: ‘The time has come to move on and focus on other areas of my life and career.’

He joined the line-up in 2013 and was a choreographer on the show before hitting the dance floor with his first professional partner, Susanna Reid.

He has also partnered Frankie Bridge, Kellie Bright, Louise Redknapp, Susan Calman and Anneka Rice.

Clifton was previously married to fellow Strictly pro Karen Hauer but the pair announced their split in 2018. In 2019, it was confirmed he was in a relationship with Dooley.