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The Lovely Sides to Tom Chambers


Tuesday, December 30th, 2008 The Lovely Sides to Tom Chambers

A couple of feel good articles in the Daily Telegraph (23 12 08) relating to the actor Tom Chambers. Firstly, one by Lucy Cockcroft highlighting the Strictly Come Dancing winner Tom Chambers has appealed for a homeless man he met as a teenager to come forward, so he can share his new found wealth.

What a noble gesture, particularly when there is so much gloom and doom around us. It is very refreshing to see that people still care for humanity.

The Holby City actor picked up the man, known only as Dave, when he was 19 and gave him a lift to a church.

On the journey the pair talked and Chambers vowed that if he ever became successful he would share some of his fortune with him.

Now, after triumphing in the contest and winning the hearts of the public, Chambers is attempting to track the homeless man so he can fulfil his promise.

Chambers confirms that the name of the man was “Dave” and that he dropped him off in Uttoxeter.

He further adds that He gave me his life story, which was really sad. I vowed to him that if I ever made it big, he should contact me and I’d help him out financially.

“If he’s reading this, I’d love to hear from him because I never forgot our chat. I’d recognise him straight away if he got in touch with me.”

Tom is now beginning the adjustment period to his new found fame after appearing as a contestant in the Strictly Come Dancing show, with up to 13.3 million viewers.

Chambers remembers when he was working for fringe theatres with little to no money. One night, just one person turned up in the audience which was very disheartening fcor Tom. He did, and from that Tom Chambers believes he is a stronger person.

In another Telegraph report (22 12 08), the Strictly Come dancing star Tom Chambers has found himself another dance partner less than 24 hours after his triumph.

Chambers danced with cystic fibrosis sufferer Chelsie Jones, 16, during a special performance of Cinderella at London’s Piccadilly Theatre.

It was Chelsie’s life-long dream to dance in the West End and her wish was granted by the Starlight Children’s Foundation, a charity which helps seriously and terminally ill youngsters.

West End audiences could be seeing a lot more of Chambers, 31, as offers of roles are flooding in following his Strictly victory. Some sources predict that the he will earn £1 million next year - quite a turnaround for a one-time struggling actor who took jobs as a lorry driver and window cleaner to make ends meet.

The Holby City star has one last dancing engagement - recording the Strictly Christmas special - before finally spending some quality time with his new wife, Clare.

Judge Arlene Phillips said Chambers clinched the competition because his dancing on the night was “brilliant”.

Some viewers have criticised the result, however, claiming rivals Rachel Stevens and Lisa Snowdon were robbed of victory due to last week’s voting fiasco.

However, Phillips called Chambers a deserving winner. “These show dances can clinch the title,” she said, adding that he produced “probably the best show dance we have ever seen on Strictly”.

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