A Bury-born West End star has been spotted filming in Holcombe ahead of his Strictly Come Dancing debut this weekend.

Bad Education actor, Layton Williams, has been seen filming for the new Strictly series in his hometown of Bury.

Spotted on Holcombe Hill, the star is said to have been filming in and up Peel Tower, meaning it is likely the well-known location will be featured on tonight's launch show.

Trevor Davies, who has worked on projects at the tower before, was asked to lead the crew up the hill ahead of filming.

He said: “On September 3 myself and my wife cordoned off an area to house the BBC vehicles at the Shoulder of Mutton with permission from Andy Hitchen, the landlord.

“They spent around five hours filming in the tower and on the land around so we think that it will be a really good show featuring the Bury area.”

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Layton, aged 28, is a film and theatre actor who has starred and performed on London’s West End, in productions such as Billy Elliot and Everyone’s Talking About Jamie.

He went to Broad Oak High School in Bury, now known Hazel Wood High School. 

During his trip up Holcombe Hill, Trevor said Layton spoke about growing up in the Bury area and how his gran would take him to see the scenic views up Holcombe Hill as a child.

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Layton is best known on TV for playing Stephen Carmichael in the Bad Education film and recently rebooted series.

His other TV features include Beautiful People, Benidorm, The Cleaner, I Hate Suzie, and he will soon be adding Strictly to that list.  

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Trevor said: “It was a fantastic day and I am looking forward to watching the show on Saturday.

“The weather was beautiful too which made things a lot easier, although Andy from the Shoulder of Mutton did offer out the pub if things went south.

“The only real problem we had was the number of bugs gathered at the top of the tower because of the warm weather we had been having.

“I gave my warning but I think they managed to brave it, I just hope no one was bitten too much!”

The show will be aired on Saturday, September 16, at 6.35pm and will be the 21st series of the glittering dancing competition.