Strictly pro Graziano Di Prima announces ‘huge’ career move outside of BBC show

Graziano ‘replies’ to Zara’s Instagram story

We’ve seen him dance his heart out for the past six series of Strictly Come Dancing, and now Graziano Di Prima has announced a brand new career move away from the BBC show.

The 29-year-old revealed he is all set to star in a Christmas movie, which will air on US television next Sunday.

The dancer took to Instagram to share behind-the-scenes clips and pictures with his co-stars, including former Sugababe star Jade Ewen and Glee star Matthew Morrison.

He captioned the post: “HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT!!! I am so happy to finally be able to say that I have featured in my first ever movie!

“I am playing the role of Paolo in ‘A Paris Christmas Waltz’ which debuts Sunday, Nov. 19 at 8pm eastern time on Great American Family, over in the US!”

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The BBC star went on to share his gratitude for the role and said that growing up in his native Italy, he could never have imagined he would get to do the things he is doing now.

He continued: “When I was a young boy growing up in Sicily, I never dreamed that I would have the experiences that I am now, and I am so humbled and grateful to be able to have this opportunity.

“I cannot wait to watch with my family this Christmas,” Graziano concluded.

The choreographer’s Strictly pals took the opportunity to congratulate him on his new venture.

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His 2023 dance partner Zara McDermott gushed: “So proud of you!!!!!!!! My partner is a movie star!!!”

Vito Coppola wrote: “Weeeee congrats fraaaa,” while Karen Hauer said: “Amazing!! Congrats.”

Amy Dowden expressed: “Go on @grazianodiprima,” and Jowita Przystal added: “Congratulations,” with two red love heart emojis.

Graziano joined Strictly back in 2018 and has become a prominent fixture on our screens on Saturday nights.

Over the years, he has been partnered with various celebrities, including Vick Hope, Judi Love and Kym Marsh.

He and his 2023 celebrity partner Zara were eliminated in week six of the competition after landing in the bottom two alongside Adam Thomas and Luba Mushtuk.

All four judges decided to save Adam and Luba, leaving Zara and Graziano out of the race to win the Glitterball trophy.

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