Layton Williams speaks on turning to ‘therapy’ after he feared ‘burnout’
26th August 2023

Strictly: Layton Williams announces he’s joined the cast of 2023

Layton Williams revealed “things are getting crazier” professionally as he gears up to appear on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

The Billy Elliot actor shared how he fears “burnout” from his schedule that sees him signed on to do a multitude of different projects.

Speaking to Notion magazine about how he balances his time, Layton shared: “I’m speaking with my therapist (get your therapy if you can kids), because I’m doing way too much.”

He continued: “One minute I’m doing a TikTok, the next minute I’m writing, or I’m acting, singing, doing a dance workshop, or running my dance company.

“There are a lot of fingers in pies and I don’t want to burn out. I’m very good at keeping on track, but things are getting crazier and I need to delegate, even if it comes to having someone come in and help sort out my admin.

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“I know I’m not the best at doing everything so if you can come in with a cute diary and help me pull things together that’s great,” he added.

The talented star had a stage school education attending both Sylvia Young Theatre School and Italia Conti.

He has also appeared on stage in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie as well as starring in the TV smash Bad Education.

However, despite his performing background, one of his loyal fans insisted Layton had never “qualified” in Latin and Ballroom after he faced backlash from some Strictly fans over his advanced skills.

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Layton then reposted the comment, writing: “Let me clear up this *fact* real quick.

“I had my first introduction to Ballroom and Latin class in rehearsals yesterday (along with the rest of the @bbcstrictly cast) and it was so much fun.”

Then, when another troll shared their hope that he gets “dumped out week one”, Layton pointed out: “No one gets voted out week one luckily.”

Over on his Instagram page, Layton shared another smiling photo as he held up a ballroom book and quipped it was a “Little bit of research.”

The star, 28, became one of the first contestants confirmed for this series and will be joining the likes of Amanda Abbington, Angela Rippon, Les Dennis, and Adam Thomas.

And while none of the contestants know who they’ll be dancing with yet, Layton is sure he’ll be in a same-sex pairing.

Taking to X, formerly known as Twitter, the Bad Education actor wrote: “I’m 100 percent gonna be paired up with a man.”

As fans begged to know more, Layton insisted: ‘PS – I don’t know who my partner is lol and even if I did it’s giving. We genuinely don’t know until that very moment on screen. Wild right?!”

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