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

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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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24 Comments

Anonymous

Is this what the modern generation watches to keep itself occupied these days? Sad times.

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Anonymous

It is just Katie King’s guilty woman pleasure. She occasionally finds some tentative link to the law so she can write an article about celebrity culture, handbags, make up, the Beckhams or something similar. She is really cute though, so I think it is okay for her to get away with it. Bless her little cotton socks.

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DMforKK

Agreed. Katie is wasted at legal cheek. She’d clearly be happier writing about Love island and Cheryl Cole at the Daily Mail

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Anonymous

Like seriously speaking she should. She is a decent journalist but only ever talks about pop culture and women’s rights and tries to link it to the law. She should bin legal cheek and work for a magazine servive like hello

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Pascal

I agree.

She will have no problem getting her baps buttered there.

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Jones Day Partner

I know some other way she can get her baps buttered…. Oh who am I kidding? This gimmick is older than Madonna’s boobs

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Fridge tamperer

My colleague brings a packed lunch and she does the most ridiculous thing. Instead of just putting the sandwich in the fridge she puts the whole meal in there. Including two bags of crisps. Does she not realise there is limited space? I have taken to getting my own back. I secretly swap out one of her bags of crisps with a different bag once or twice a week. Today her Nik-Naks have been replaced by Pom-Bears. I win this game. Totally.

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Corbyn. Symphathiser

I don’t see how giving her a far superior bag of crisps can be counted as a “win” on your part.

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Fridge tamperer

Have you had Pom-Bears as an adult? Up there with iced gems and animal biscuits on the list of foods that you remembered being good but that are in fact rubbish.

She was so confused today. I watched her from afar. Her screwed up little pug-like face looked around suspiciously but I avoided eye contact. Victory.

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Corbyn. Symphathiser

I have. They are delicious. Far tastier than Nik Naks, which are pretty mediocre.

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Anonymous

“Hello, University of Law clearing hotline”
“Uhhhh, hi… I got C D D in my A Levels, do you have anything for me?”
“Do you have £15,000 available for the course fees?”
“Yeah, I do!”
“Welcome to the GDL, the start of your legal career”

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Anonymous

“but don’t I need to do a degree before the GDL?”
“you have the £15k, right?”
“Yes, my dad is the head of a small branch of the Russian mafia, so the money is slightly blood stained..”
“yeah, yeah, I don’t need your life story, just stick it in a bin bag and drop it off on your first day”

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Anonymous

What does this have to do with Strictly CD and Calman exactly ?

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Anonymous

Calman used to be in law. The University of Law offer courses to people interested in law. That is pretty connected, do you not think?

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Anonymous

Err no, I don’t. It’s got bugger all to do with the process of clearing…

Incidentally, Dipstick, an A level student would not be eligible to study a GDL would they ?! The clue’s in the f’king name…

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Anonymous

The process of clearing is to do with education. To be in law you need to have education. Calman used to be in law. I don’t see how you aren’t getting it?

If you think that these providers strictly adhere to the degree requirement you are very much mistaken. Off the top of my head I can think of at least 4 friends who completed the GDL and then LPC without a degree.

Get your head out the sand you big ostrich.

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Anonymous

He’s referring to the university clearing article previously that has comments disabled on it, probably because of comments like that.

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Anonymous

Katie watches Strictly and looks across the sofa at Thomas muttering:

“Why do you never take ME dancing?!!”

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Anonymous

Tom meanwhile mumbles “I’ll take you dancing when you put out”

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Anonymous

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Interloper

I think it’s highly unlikely that Calman will be bringing any legal motifs/symbology to her Strictly appearances given that she’s not exactly got form on doing this on her televisual career to date. I didn’t even know she’d been a lawyer tbh.

Not the worst comedienne in the world but still not enough of an incentive to ever watch Strictly either I’m afraid.

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Interloper

Unnecessary but characteristically typical comment. 😐

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Anonymous

She looks like Sam Wise Gamgee. Wouldn’t mind her stealing my ring 😉

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Anonymous

*Frodo

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