Kevin Clifton's new career move mocked by Stacey Dooley after Strictly Come Dancing exit

Kevin Clifton has revealed how partner Stacey Dooley had mocked him for his acting preparation methods. The comments come after the former Strictly Come Dancing star made a cameo on the long-running BBC murder mystery series, Father Brown.

Since departing Strictly in early 2020, Kevin, 41, has gone on to star in theatre shows Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and Strictly Ballroom. Now, the star is dipping his toe into the world of TV acting and has already landed his first role.

The father-of-one recently made his Father Brown debut as a fictional talent scout. In the episode, entitled ‘The Last Tango in Kembleford’, the star descended on the sleepy town in a bid to cast dancers in a chorus line.

However, things took a turn when the owner of the dance studio, Gillian Fletcham (played by Saskia Strallen), was found dead. And as the Cotswolds village was rocked by the death, Father Brown (Mark Williams) arrived on the scene in an attempt to serve justice.

During his cameo, Kevin had a couple of lines of dialogue to read, including: “Very creative, good projection and so sharp with your downward leg action. But remember – if you are to appear on Go Dancing, you must keep it strictly ballroom.”

Following the episode, Kevin has opened up about how he landed the role on the small screen as well as his preparation methods.

Speaking to What To Watch, he said: “Since Strictly I’ve been doing a lot of acting, but mostly theatre.

“I was telling my agent how I’d love to do some TV acting and then this came up! I’ve only got a couple of lines.

“But Stacey [Dooley] was laughing because with every role I ever do I always have to do loads of research.”

He explained that while he was familiar with Father Brown before appearing in the drama, he decided he wanted to get a true feel for the characters.

“So even though I’d seen a few episodes of Father Brown before, I decided to watch it all right from the beginning.

“Stacey was like, ‘Who do you think you are, Sean Penn?’,” he added.

Kevin departed from Strictly in 2020 after being a key cohort member for over seven years.

His decision to leave stemmed from the need to focus on “other areas of his career” and he later went on to star in Craig Revel Horwood’s Strictly Ballroom show.

He also acted in Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds and just months before he and partner Stacey, 36, announced they would be welcoming their first child together.

The duo announced the birth of their daughter, Minnie in January 2023 – almost four years after they first went public with their relationship.

Kevin and Stacey first met on the set of Strictly Come Dancing in 2018 and eventually confirmed they were an item in Spring 2019.

During his seven-season stint on the show, he had four consecutive silver medal placements with Susanna Reid, Frankie Bridge, Kellie Bright and Louise Redknapp before placing 7th with Susan Calman.

He and Stacey lifted the coveted Glitterball Trophy in his sixth series as a Strictly professional before bowing out in 14th place with Anneka Rice the following year.