Strictly Come Dancing fans were left mind-blown by Dan Walker's height as he made his debut on tonight's launch show.

The BBC Breakfast presenter, 43, is incredibly tall at 6ft 6, but fans of the star didn't realise his towering height as he is usually sat down on the sofa during his day job.

Dan, who was paired up with dance partner Nadiya, shocked viewers as he made his appearance.

The journalist has even made an amusing nickname for himself, which Nadiya revealed as they sat down for a chat with Claudia Winkleman.

She told him: "Do you know what is so cute about you, Dan - when a celeb meets their pro and goes, 'Am I a terrible disappointment?'"

Dan Walker is 6ft 6 - which fans were baffled by (

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"I'm so happy I got Daniel," Nadiya replied.

He laughed back: "She's calling me Daniel. I feel very, sort of, talked to."

Nadiya then added: "Well, Daniel is very worried he's going to look like a daddy longlegs."

But his dance partner went on to reveal it's a good thing that he is tall, adding: "I think your long legs, that you're tall - you'll be amazing for ballroom."

Over on Twitter, fans shared their thoughts on his unexpected height.

One person wrote: "6ft 6? Dan Walker??? Damn, that breakfast sofa hides a lot but that is bloody tall. Is he taller than @richardosman? Am in shock. Am shook….. 6ft 6??? Can’t wait for see his dances now! #Strictly."

"I had no idea Dan Walker was so tall. I suppose I’ve really only seen him sitting down," a second penned.

A third commented: "How tall is Dan Walker?? My favourites already."

In recent days, Dan revealed he signed up because his kids begged him to.

Dan said of his brood aged 14, 12 and 10: “They sat me down at Christmas and said, ‘Dad, if you ever get asked again, we’d really like you to do it’.

“Anyone who’s got kids of that age will know it’s rare to do something your kids are fully invested in.”

The presenter added he needed some cheering up after all his Covid coverage, saying: “The last 18 months has just been grim story after grim story after grim story.”

* Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday at 7pm on BBC One.

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