Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Steve Backshall joins line-up

The naturalist will join Mark Wright and Judy Murray on the dancefloor

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Bafta-winning naturalist Steve Backshall is set to swap the jungle for the ballroom when he takes to the floor in Strictly Come Dancing.

Backshall is best known for CBBC's wildlife programme Deadly 60 in which he tracks down 60 of the world's deadliest animals.

He made the announcement this morning live on BBC Breakfast.

He said: “My day job filming wildlife in jungles and swamps is nothing like as scary as what is ahead.

“I think Strictly Come Dancing is going to be my wildest challenge by far.”

Backshall will be joining EastEnders bad boy Jake Wood, Mark Wright, who shot to fame on reality show The Only Way Is Essex, singers Simon Webbe and Frankie Bridge, former rugby player Thom Evans, presenter Alison Hammond, tennis matriarch Judy Murray and actress Sunetra Sarker.

More celebrities are due to be announced later this month.