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Judge Rinder joins Strictly Come Dancing line-up

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Ubiquitous criminal barrister’s ascent to national treasure status continues

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Judge Robert Rinder has become the 12th celebrity to sign up to BBC hit show Strictly Come Dancing.

Rinder — who is a criminal barrister at Temple’s 2 Hare Court — will swap his gown for sequins when this year’s series of the show airs on 3 September.

Speaking to former Strictly contestant Scott Mills on BBC Radio 1 earlier today, Rinder said:

The only thing I knew would make my grandmother more proud than watching my TV courtroom was to see me dressed up in white tie doing the foxtrot. So although I suspect the latter will be far more difficult, I am doing Strictly Come Dancing for her.

The 38-year-old first hit TV screens in 2014, starring in ITV’s daytime show Judge Rinder. Quickly becoming the UK’s answer to Judge Judy, the barrister has become a household name, handing down civil rulings in his own unique sassy way. The fact that his own specialisation at the bar is financial crime has never seemed to get in the way.

Rinder — who graduated with a first in politics and modern history from the University of Manchester — is married to in-house barrister Seth Cumming. When the pair got hitched on the island of Ibiza, actor and close friend Benedict Cumberbatch officiated the ceremony.

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The honorary judge will join on the show former shadow chancellor Ed Balls, Hollyoaks former actor Danny Mac, BBC presenter Naga Munchetty, and singers Louise Redknapp and Will Young, to name but a few.

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Tommy Johnson

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Anonymous

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Animal Mother

You talk the talk. Do you walk the walk?

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Oh shit.

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Peter

“The honorary judge”? I think you mean “pretend judge”.

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Anonymous

Indeed. I must confess perhaps I am too archaic however I thought it would be frowned upon for a person to call themselves “Judge” when they are not, moreso when that person is a lawyer.

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Anonymous

It’s clear he loves being on tele.

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Pepe the Frog #MAGA

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Anonymous

Who. Fucking. Cares.

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Anonymous

National treasure…spare me.

David Attenborough is a national treasure.

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Anonymous

Someone needs to get onto the Bar Standards Board about what is required to bring the profession into disrepute. I would argue this should suffice, if the line was not already crossed by his ridiculous TV show.

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Gladiatrix

Why don’t you do it?

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Anonymous

Who say’s I have not?

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Anonymous

Pics or STFU

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Comrade Flowerdew

Can’t.

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Anonymous

This makes no sense.

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Anonymous

I am guessing some of the Legal Cheek team will be appearing on there sometime, as they won’t have done anything else with their careers apart from shocking journalism!

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crashcourse4theravers

Does he stipl take on cases? Im not fond of the barrister for my upcoming case and think I’d prefer someone a little more ‘sassy’ as LC describes him.

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