'Strictly Come Dancing' is reportedly set to feature an all-female couple for the first time.

Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson

Bosses of the popular BBC show are seeking a high-profile lesbian or bisexual female to create one-half of the programme's first-ever same-sex couple.

A TV insider told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: "Obviously 'diversity' is the key word in television today and, of course, 'Strictly' wants to be progressive.

"The plan is to have a same-sex couple, and two women. 'Dancing On Ice' featured two men, so it would be good to offer something different and keep pushing boundaries."

Previously, it was suggested that 'Strictly's gay professional Johannes Radebe would team up with a male celebrity.

But according to BBC bosses, that idea is "too predictable".

The source explained: "While Johannes would love to dance with a guy, that would almost be too predictable.

"But all of the pros, male and female, have said they would be delighted to be partnered with someone of their own gender."

Gillian Anderson is seen by 'Strictly' bosses as a "dream" booking, although the likes of Jessie J, TV presenter Steph McGovern, singer Chelcee Grimes and Sandi Toksvig are all said to be in the frame.

Meanwhile, a source recently claimed Katie Price is in talks for 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The TV star has said for years that she would love to compete on the BBC dance show and it seems her dream could soon become a reality.

A source recently said: "It's really early days but she's in talks with bosses. She always jokes she's got two left feet but she would love to do it."