EastEnders favourite Bobby Brazier left his dad Jeff Brazier in tears during ITV’s National Television Awards (NTAs) last night (September 5).

The 20-year-old received the Rising Star award which was voted for by the public for his role as Freddie Slater on the BBC soap.

On entering Albert Square, the character of Freddie was described as “full of mischief” by executive producers.

Bobbie dedicated the award to his dad and TV presenter during his acceptance speech on stage, leaving the 44-year-old being comforted by his son’s fellow EastEnders cast-mate Molly Rainford.

In his speech, he said: "This actually has very, very, very little to do with me and everything to do with my dad.

“Over the course of the last 20 years, I have consistently heard him say 'because I can'.

“It was a mantra or a moto of his, and him just saying that it's... Because I can!"

Bobby is also the son of the late Big Brother star Jade Goody who died from cancer in 2009.

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Bobbie Brazier joins Strictly Come Dancing 2023

In the next few weeks, Bobby will be following the dancing footsteps of Molly and will be joining the Strictly Come Dancing family for 2023.

He was recently announced as just one of the 15 celebrities taking part as they compete to lift the glitter ball trophy.

Who will waltz, jive and toe-tap their way around the dance floor in front of judges Shirley Ballas, Mosti Mobuse, Craig Revel Horwood and Anton Du Beke to score the first perfect 10?

Strictly Come Dancing Contestants 2023 - see the full line-up

  • Sherlock and Mr Selfridge actress Amanda Abbington
  • Former newsreader Angela Rippon
  • Stage and screen star Layton Williams
  • Channel 4 journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy
  • Comedian Eddie Kadi
  • Irish presenter Angela Scanlon
  • Love Island’s Zara McDermott
  • Emmerdale and Waterloo Road actor Adam Thomas
  • BBC radio presenter Nikita Kanda
  • Coronation Street's Ellie Leach
  • Paralympic Champion Jody Cundy CBE
  • Eastenders star Bobby Brazier
  • Casualty star Nigel Harman
  • British tennis player Annabel Croft
  • Former Family Fortunes host and Coronation Street actor Les Dennis

When does Strictly Come Dancing 2023 start?

This year, Strictly Come Dancing will air on BBC One from Saturday, September 16 at 6.35pm.

The launch show will be pre-recorded which will see the celebrities meet their Strictly professional dance partner.

The BBC series will run for 13 weeks.

Who are the Strictly Come Dancing 2023 professional dancers?

Amy Dowden won’t be partnered with a celebrity this year due to treatment for her cancer diagnosis, but the remaining pros are:

  • Dianne Buswell
  • Nadiya Bychkova
  • Graziano Di Prima
  • Karen Hauer
  • Katya Jones
  • Neil Jones
  • Nikita Kuzmin
  • Gorka Marquez
  • Luba Mushtuk
  • Giovanni Pernice
  • Jowita Przystal
  • Johannes Radebe
  • Kai Widdringto
  • Nancy Xu
  • Carlos Gu
  • Lauren Oakley
  • Michelle Tsiakkas
  • Vito Coppola

Strictly Come Dancing also won the Talent Show award at the NTAs.

The BBC broadcast the trailer for Strictly 2023 over the weekend, which saw the dancers perform a dramatic routine outside and inside the Tate Britain gallery in London.

The soundtrack for the teaser was an orchestral version of 1992 Snap! hit Rhythm Is A Dancer.