Strictly Come Dancing winners – can you remember them all?

Before you read on - see if you can name them all in order!

We’re still waiting to see who will be crowned the winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2020, but it doesn’t matter if you’re a TV presenter, a cricketer, a soap star or a singer, all you need is some determination and a love of all things sparkly if you want to lift that coveted glitter ball trophy.

Although, if we’re honest, it also helps if you don’t have two left feet… maybe if you really can’t dance you’d be better off joining the list of I’m A Celebrity winners, instead!

While most of the contestants sign up for the show purely for the joy that being on Strictly brings, rather than to further their career, we’ve done some digging to find out what happens to winners after the glitter’s worn off and the fake tan’s faded…

Here’s a complete list of all the Strictly Come Dancing winners… 

?? – 2020

Maisie Smith

Maisie Smith is favourite to win Strictly Come Dancing 2020 (Picture: BBC)

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Kelvin Fletcher – 2019

Kelvin Fletcher Strictly Come Dancing

Latecomer Kelvin wowed the crowds every week (Picture: BBC)

He might have been a last minute addition to the series, but former Emmerdale star Kelvin certainly made up for any lost time by proving he was a force to be reckoned with on the dance floor.

Kelvin and his dance partner Oti Mabuse wowed the judges week after week with their amazing dances, and it seemed there was nothing that Kelvin couldn’t do when it came to fancy footwork.

They were the favourites to lift the glitter ball trophy and they did just that in December 2019.

Stacey Dooley – 2018

Stacey Dooley on Strictly Come Dancing

Stacey lifted the glitter ball trophy in 2018 (Picture: BBC)

Stacey Dooley and her dance partner Kevin Clifton beat favourite Joe Sugg to be crowned the Strictly Come Dancing champions in 2018.

The pair had stiff competition in the final. Not only did Joe give them a run for their money, but so did Ashley Roberts and Faye Tozer who were also both strong contenders for the trophy.

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Joe McFadden – 2017

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Holby favourite Joe proved he could dance as well as act in 2017 (Picture: BBC)

2017 glitter ball champion Joe was partnered with Katya Jones, beating former Emmerdale actress Gemma Atkinson and Debbie McGee to be crowned champion.

The former Holby City actor then went on to tread the boards in theatre production The House on Cold Hill, before recently returning to Holby for a guest stint.

Ore Oduba – 2016

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Bruno told Ore his Argentine tango with Joanne was “mesmerising” (Picture: BBC/Guy Levy)

After being partnered with professional dancer Joanne Clifton, television and radio presenter Ore made it to the Strictly final, were he had to fight stiff competition like Louise Redknapp and ex Hollyoaks star Danny Mac to win the glitter ball trophy.

He has since gone back to presenting, appearing on shows like BBC One’s And They’re Off, Hardball and covered the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Jay McGuiness – 2015

Jay McGuiness

Jay won Strictly Come Dancing in 2015 (Picture: BBC)

The Wanted boy band member took a real journey throughout his time on Strictly, starting off as the underdog and quickly flourishing into the best dancer of the series.

He quickstepped his way to victory with partner Aliona Vilani before swapping Strictly for a musical show called Big The Musical. He also won Celebrity Haunted.

Caroline Flack – 2014

Caroline Flack Strictly Come Dancing BBC One

Caroline got perfect scores in the 2014 series (Picture: Getty)

Caroline and partner Pasha Kovalev left judges speechless with their three perfect scores of 40 in the final in 2014.

After enjoying her time on Strictly, Caroline then went back to presenting Saturday night TV where she hosted The X factor alongside Olly Murs, before launching a successful career presenting ITV2 reality show Love Island before sadly passing away in 2020.

Abbey Clancy – 2013

Abbey Clancy Strictly

Abbey wowed the judges with her elegance in 2013 (Picture: Getty)

Abbey went from being known as a model and football WAG to becoming one of Strictly’s most popular dancers during her stint on the show in 2013 with partner Aljaz Skorjanec.

After her time in the competition, she went back to Britain’s Next Top Model as a host, the show that had launched her career nine years earlier. She’s now a mum with a successful modelling career.

Louis Smith – 2012

Louis Smith Strictly Come Dancing

Louis put his gymnastic abilities to good use on the Strictly dance floor (Picture: Getty)

Gymnast Louis won Strictly with professional partner Flavia Cacace shortly after competing in London’s Olympic Games where he won a silver medal.

After the dance show he went back to competing and trained for the Rio Olympics in 2016 where he won another silver medal for the pommel horse.

Harry Judd – 2011

McFly star Harry Judd knows how to rock - but can he jive?

Harry Judd showed off his fancy footwork in 2011 (Picture: BBC)

Harry tangoed his way to victory with partner Aliona Vilani in 2011 after scoring perfect 10s from the judges.

Since his time on the show he has married his long-term partner Izzy and become a dad of two. He has also returned to his boyband roots and enjoyed success in the music industry once again when McFly joined forces with Busted, creating supergroup McBusted.

Kara Tointon – 2010

Kara Tointon Strictly

Kara swept the board with great scores in 2010 (Picture: Getty)

A year after leaving her role on EastEnders, Kara joined the world of Strictly with partner Artem Chingvintsev. The actress has enjoyed a jam-packed career since lifting the glitter ball trophy with successes on both stage and television.

Just some of her most notable roles include Eliza Doolittle in the West End production of Pygmalion, Rosalie in ITV’s Sunday night drama Mr Selfridge and she has also been treading the boards in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

Chris Hollins – 2009

Chris Hollins Strictly

Chris Hollins was the surprise winner of 2009 (Picture: Getty)

BBC presenter Chris Hollins was the surprise winner of 2009 as he danced his way to victory with partner Ola Jordan.

After the show he returned to his job at the BBC, and has enjoyed various presenting jobs including The One Show, Watchdog, Cash In The Attic and Secret Britain.

Tom Chambers – 2008

Tom Chambers dances his way to the title!

Tom Chambers danced his way to the title in 2008 (Picture: BBC)

Ever since winning Strictly with partner Camilla Dallerup, Holby City and Casualty star Tom has definitely got a taste for performing on the dance floor.

Not only has he returned for Strictly Christmas specials, but he’s made a career out of dancing in Top Hat, which toured the UK before finishing with a run in London’s West End.

Alesha Dixon – 2007

Alesha Dixon

Alesha went from being a Strictly winner to a judge (Picture: Getty)

After being partnered with Matthew Cutler, Alesha famously went from being a contestant on the show to sitting on the judges panel just two series later after taking over from former judge Arlene Phillips.

But her post-Strictly success doesn’t end there. Alesha then jumped ship to ITV and joined the judging panel of Britain’s Got Talent in 2012 where she has been working ever since.

Mark Ramprakash – 2006

Mark Ramprakash Strictly

Mark Ramprakash was the dark horse of the series in 2006 (Picture: PA)

Another cricketer to catch the big prize was Mark Ramprakash, who was teamed up with professional dancer Karen Hardy.

Mark also went back to his cricket career after the show, and retired from the sport in 2012. He has since been working as the batting coach for the England cricket team.

Darren Gough – 2005

Darren Gough

Darren Gough with his partner Lilia Kopylova wowed judges in 2005 (Picture: PA)

Darren, who was partnered with Lilia Kopylova, wasn’t the judges favourite to win after they put him in last place during the final behind Zoe Ball and Colin Jackson. But the voting public disagreed and crowned him winner.

Darren went back to his cricket career after winning the show, and retired in 2008. He then went on to become the face of supermarket chain Costcutter, regularly appearing in their TV adverts, and even became a brand ambassador of Collier’s Cheddar in 2010, making celebrity appearances at the International Cheese Awards.

Jill Halfpenny – 2004

Jill Halfpenny Strictly

Jill Halfpenny was the second celebrity to win Strictly Come Dancing (Picture: BBC)

After the success of the first series, the BBC decided to air a second series of Strictly in the autumn of the same year, which is now the regular slot for the annual show.

Jill, who danced with Darren Bennett, went down in Strictly history as the first person to be awarded a perfect 40 score from the judges. The former EastEnders actress has enjoyed a hugely successful TV career since Strictly with roles in shows like Three Girls, Ordinary Lies, In the Club and Waterloo Road.

Natasha Kaplinsky – 2004

Natasha Kaplinsky and her Strictly Come Dancing partner Brendan Cole

Natasha Kaplinsky and her partner Brendan Cole won the first ever series of Strictly Come Dancing (Picture: PA)

The first ever series of Strictly hit our screens in spring 2004 and ran between May and July before moving to its famous autumn slot as we now know it.

Natasha, who was partnered with Brendan Cole, was a well known BBC newsreader, and since doing Strictly she has had two children and now has a successful career doing TV presenting work for ITV.

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