Strictly Come Dancing: Glasgow law graduate and ex-corporate lawyer Susan Calman announced as contestant

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By Katie King on

Will she dance with a gavel like Judge Rinder?

Fingers crossed we will see more courtroom-themed routines on Strictly Come Dancing this year — another lawyer turned celebrity has been announced as a contestant!

Last year, readers were thrilled when 2 Hare Court barrister Robert Rinder (star of Judge Rinder) took part in the show. Though the criminal law specialist missed out on a spot in the Strictly final, he did give a gavel and robes-laden first week performance sure to delight any law lover:

The clip is among the most viewed of the show’s history — but is it about to be rivalled by a Viennese waltz danced in a law firm meeting room? With lawyer turned comedienne Susan Calman announced as Strictly’s latest star, we can but hope.

Though Calman is best known for her stand-up comedy routines and panel show appearances, the 42-year-old is also a University of Glasgow law graduate and former corporate solicitor.

Calman — having spent time working with inmates on death row in the United States and also working at the United Nations — spent seven years at the commercial law coalface, including at Scottish outfit Dundas & Wilson. In May 2014, the four-office firm merged with CMS Cameron McKenna. This City outfit is now known as CMS, after it combined with Nabarro and Olswang earlier this year.

Data protection specialist Calman reportedly became dissatisfied by her legal career, and packed it in to develop her comedy routines. But, not wanting to kiss the law goodbye forever, she has since performed at This Is Your Trial, a comedy improv show set in court.

Calman will be joining the likes of morning TV presenter Ruth Langsford, JLS’s Aston Merrygold and singer Mollie King as a 2017 Strictly star. The series starts in September, and we can’t wait.

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