Viscountess Emma Weymouth is the eighth celebrity contestant confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2019

Emma Thynn
Emma Thynn. Photo: BBC

Viscountess Weymouth Emma Thynn, a businesswoman, chef, model, philanthropist and TUSK supporter has been named as the eighth celebrity contestant for Strictly Come Dancing.

The 17th series of the NTA and Bafta award-winning entertainment show produced by BBC Studios will return in the autumn on BBC One putting the sparkle back into Saturday and Sunday nights.

Viscountess Emma Weymouth says: “I absolutely love watching Strictly every weekend and I can’t believe that I’m getting the chance to be on this series. I know it will be such an amazing experience from start to finish. I can’t wait for the dancing and the fabulous outfits!”

Following her marriage in 2013 to Ceawlin Thynn, Viscount Weymouth, Emma became the chatelaine of the Longleat Estate in Wiltshire. Emma was born in London in 1986 to a British mother and Nigerian father and was raised in South Kensington where she was head girl at Queen’s Gate School. She later attended University College London where she studied History of Art.

In 2015 Emma launched Emma’s Kitchen at Longleat, a space for her to share her love of food and cooking using the backdrop of the original kitchens within Longleat House.

In addition, Emma is a contributing editor for British Vogue, makes regular appearances as a guest chef on James Martin’s Saturday Morning TV show and is a model and ambassador for various brands.

In the area of animal conservation Emma is particularly involved in Longleat’s project to help save the Northern White Rhino and its work with the charity TUSK.

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