Layton Williams brings his Strictly sparkle to Bad Education for a ‘magical’ Christmas special

Layton Williams has been dazzling us on Strictly Come Dancing and now he’s bringing the ballroom fun to Bad Education for its all-singing, all-dancing festive special.

The 29-year-old, who plays Stephen Carmichael in the comedy reboot, says he was “absolutely thrilled” to show off his West End skills.

“I’ve been gagging for a Christmas singy-songy musical moment from day dot,” he confesses.

Putting a Bad Education spin on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol , the special sees Stephen visited by ghosts of past, present and future as he decides whether to stay at Abbey Grove.

Haunting the school’s halls is Jack Whitehall, who returns as Alfie Wickers for a “magical” musical number.

“I think people are going to be surprised,” Layton says. “I’ve got to give it to him, I think he actually learned the choreo on the day. I was ready to be concerned, but he slayed.”

Charlie Wernham, who plays ex-student and now PE teacher Mitchell Harper, admits he was initially as troublesome in school as his alter ego.

“I was a class clown, just being loud and I got bored very quickly,” he says. “By the end I was doing alright, I got put in different classes and worked a lot harder. Everyone wrote me off and I came back and I got As.

"It was a Cinderella story. But if I were a teacher, I’d be hopeless. I’d be an absolute disaster. I can barely look after myself, so it would be a case of how many kids were left at the end of the day.”

Has Layton’s Strictly success inspired Charlie to take part in the show? “I don’t know,” he says.

“You can be the judge of that when you see me in the dancing episode. It would be the most nerve-racking thing in the world. It’s so far outside my comfort zone I don’t know where I’d start.”

Layton Williams is currently competing in BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing alongside professional dance partner Nikita Kuzmin.

Meanwhile, the Bad Education star recently went public with his mystery boyfriend on Instagram, revealing that they met at Glastonbury Festival.

Bad Education's Christmas special airs on Wednesday 13th December at 9pm on BBC Three.

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