Strictly 2021: Gordon Ramsay's daughter Tilly says he will be harshest critic of her dancing

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Tilly Ramsay says her father Gordon will be her harshest critic on Strictly. (BBC)
Tilly Ramsay says her father Gordon will be her harshest critic on Strictly. (BBC)

Gordon Ramsay's daughter Matilda "Tilly" Ramsay is not afraid of the Strictly Come Dancing judges – because she says her father will always be her harshest critic.

The 19-year-old – who is appearing in the latest series of the BBC dance show – says her famously foul-mouthed celebrity chef father will give his opinion on her dancing.

Tilly, who has starred in her own cooking show for CBBC, told Yahoo UK: "I think I'll take criticism pretty well. I do live with one of the harshest critics in my house – Dad. 

"So I'm pretty used to that kind of stuff. He'll probably give his own criticism at times. But you need criticism to learn."

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The star of MasterChef Junior US and Matilda And The Ramsay Bunch has enlisted her Hell's Kitchen star father into performing dances with her on TikTok, where she has 9.5m followers.

Gordon Ramsay with daughter Tilly who is competing in 'Strictly' this year. (FOX/Getty Images)
Tilly Ramsey with dad Gordon. (Fox/Getty Images)

But Tilly does not believe her TikTok experience will give her any advantage in the competition.

She said: "I think TikTok is a very different style of dancing – a lot of the time it's not really dancing.

"Maybe it's helped me prepare in terms of learning a routine. But they are really very short clips and the good thing about them is it's not live – so you can do that as many times as you need to."

And Tilly confesses she is extremely clumsy and hates wearing high heels.

Tilly Ramsay shares dances with her 9.5m TikTok followers but does not think that counts as dancing. (BBC)
Tilly Ramsay shares dances with her 9.5m TikTok followers but does not think that counts as dancing. (BBC)

She said: "I would describe my dancing style as awkward, uncoordinated and clumsy. I'm a very clumsy person."

Tilly added: "I hate high heels. I wore some to my birthday party and they were off within five minutes. They were too painful. Since then, I've never really put them back on.

"Recently I've been trying to walk around the house in some hills and get used to them. But after a couple minutes, my feet hurt and my slippers come right back on. I'd love to be able to do the waltz in slippers!"

The BBC celebrity dance contest is due to begin on Saturday 18 September.

Also taking part this year are BBC Breakfast star Dan Walker, McFly's Tom Fletcher, Olympic swimmer Adam Peaty, EastEnders stars Nina Wadia and Rose Ayling-Ellis and former Bake Off winner John Whaite.

'Strictly Come Dancing' 2021 contestants Greg Wise, Katie McGlynn, Dan Walker, AJ Odudu, Rhys Stephenson, Tilly Ramsay, Tom Fletcher, Judi Love, Adam Peaty, Rose Ayling-Ellis, Robert Webb, John Waite, Nina Wadia, Ugo Monye, Sara Davies. (BBC)
Strictly Come Dancing 2021 contestants Greg Wise, Katie McGlynn, Dan Walker, AJ Odudu, Rhys Stephenson, Tilly Ramsay, Tom Fletcher, Judi Love, Adam Peaty, Rose Ayling-Ellis, Robert Webb, John Waite, Nina Wadia, Ugo Monye, Sara Davies. (BBC)

Comedian Robert Webb, actor Greg Wise and Coronation Street star Katie McGlynn are also among the stars taking to the dancefloor in the hope of winning the coveted glitterball trophy.

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Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas will be back, but Anton Du Beke will be filling in for Bruno Tonioli.

Tonioli is unable to take part because of the complications of travelling between the UK and the US, where he judges Dancing With The Stars, amid the COVID pandemic.

Watch: Who is Strictly's Tilly Ramsay?

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