In the glitzy world of Strictly Come Dancing, where sequins, twirls, and high-energy performances rule the stage, one contestant has been facing unwarranted criticism. Layton Williams, the 28-year-old film and theatre actor, has responded to the trolling he received on social media after his appearances on the hit BBC show.
Best known for his roles in Billy Elliot and Everyone’s Talking About Jamie, Williams has a diverse background in theatre and film, with credits including Bad Education and I Hate Suzie. He recently graced the Strictly stage, becoming part of the show’s historic first same-sex pairing alongside professional dancer Nikita Kuzmin. Their eye-catching quickstep performance to “Puttin’ on the Ritz” during the second live show earned them standing ovations and the highest score of the evening, with four nines from judges Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse.
Despite his outstanding performance, Williams has not been shielded from negative comments. Taking to Twitter on October 1st, he acknowledged both the overwhelming love he received from fans and the less-than-supportive remarks. In a message to his followers, he wrote, “The messages of love are overwhelming but as is the low-key trolling. I’m just here to have fun like all the other contestants. I’m trying to handle this with a smile and determination to slay another day but reminder #BeKind.”
Williams, no stranger to the dance world due to his previous roles, clarified his background in dance, stating that while he has experience in jazz, tap, and ballet to a certain extent, the Latin and Ballroom styles are entirely new to him. His willingness to embrace this new challenge has been met with admiration from his fans, including Eurovision star Mae Muller, who expressed her support, and numerous others who praised his energy and passion.
Layton Williams’s journey on Strictly Come Dancing is not just a testament to his dancing skills but also a landmark moment for the show, showcasing inclusivity and breaking barriers with the introduction of same-sex pairings. As the competition progresses, Williams continues to captivate audiences with his talent, determination, and the message of kindness he advocates for. In the face of adversity, Layton Williams stands strong, reminding everyone that love and perseverance will always triumph over negativity.