Strictly judge Bruno Tonioli is eyeing up a villainous role in EastEnders.

The 64-year-old Strictly Come Dancing legend has been musing about roles he would be keen on taking up in his acting career.

According to the Daily Star, Bruno said: "I would love to play a baddie on TV, a very evil character.

"I could be an EastEnders baddie. It would have to be scripted so I didn't have to do it myself though."

Meanwhile, Bruno has also been reflecting on Strictly Come Dancing's recent BAFTA win, which saw him show his gratitude to fans for watching all of these years.

He said: "But the biggest thank you goes to all of you - our viewers. I'm telling you, without you, we would not be here.

"And we really hope to keep you entertained and happy for many years to come."

Sadly, Bruno will not be appearing on this year's series of Strictly Come Dancing due to the Covid-19 pandemic creating travel chaos between the US and UK.

However, Bruno is appearing as a judge on the US version of the series, Dancing with the Stars.

It has already been revealed that Strictly's Halloween week and Blackpool visit have been cancelled due to the pandemic too.

Presenter Claudia Winkleman will also be speaking to couples separately rather than altogether as a group.

The Strictly Come Dancing judging panel will look very different without Bruno

Celebrities are also due to find out their professional dance partners via a video link for the first time in the show's history.

Meanwhile, over on EastEnders it is something of a dramatic period for exit announcements.

Actor Jake Wood is being written out of the soap after 15 years in the role of ladies' man Max Branning, with the character bowing out before the end of the year.

Elsewhere, relative newcomer Jags Panesar is due to leave Albert Square next month, while hunky Kush Kazemi will be written out at the conclusion of a dramatic storyline in 2021.

Davood Ghadami - who plays Kush Kazemi - is also leaving EastEnders
EastEnders actress Lacey Turner will go on maternity leave later this year

Finally, Enders icon Lacey Turner will once again be going on maternity leave as she is expecting her second child, meaning her fan-favourite character Stacey Slater will be temporarily written out of the soap by the end of the year.

Could her exit coincide with the departure of old flame Max?

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One in October, while EastEnders airs on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays on BBC One.