Strictly Come Dancing winners – where are they now?

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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 Strictly glitter ball trophy. Although, if we’re honest, it also helps if you don’t have two left feet!

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…

Natasha Kaplinsky – 2004

Strictly Come Dancing 2004 winner! Natasha during rehearsals for the first ever series

Strictly Come Dancing 2004 winner! Natasha during rehearsals for the first ever series

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.

Jill Halfpenny – 2004

Jill Halfpenny and Darren Bennet dance their way to glory during the final at Blackpool Tower

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 ever 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.

Darren Gough – 2005

Darren Gough dancing on his way to winning the Strictly final

Ex England cricket star Darren Gough bowled over the judges on his way to winning Strictly

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.

Mark Ramprakash – 2006

Mark Ramprakash and his dance partner Karen Hardy lift the famous glitterball trophy

Mark Ramprakash and his dance partner Karen Hardy lift the famous glitter ball trophy

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.

Alesha Dixon – 2007

Alesha Dixon and Len Goodman Strictly Come Dancing

Alesha Dixon with former Strictly head judge Len Goodman

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.

Tom Chambers – 2008

Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup

Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup

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.

Chris Hollins – 2009

Chris Hollins lifting his trophy

Chris Hollins lifting his trophy

BBC Breakfast’s sports 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.

Kara Tointon – 2010

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 most recently she has been treading the boards in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

Harry Judd – 2011

Harry Judd

Harry Judd claimed the 2011 Strictly Come Dancing title

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.

Louis Smith – 2012

Louis Smith and Flavia Cacace

Strictly Come Dancing winners – Louis Smith and Flavia Cacace celebrate victory

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.

Abbey Clancy – 2013

Abbey with Craig and Tess when Strictly claimed a prize at the NTA awards

Abbey with Craig and Tess when Strictly claimed a prize at the NTA awards

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.

Caroline Flack – 2014

Caroline Flack

Caroline Flack claimed the 2014 title

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 TV show Love Island.

Jay McGuiness 2015

Jay McGuiness

Jay McGuiness was a star on Strictly

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.

Ore Oduba – 2016

Ore Oduba

Ore Oduba kissing the trophy!

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.

Joe McFadden – 2017

Strictly Come Dacing final gets huge audience

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

The former Holby City actor is currently treading the boards in theatre production The House on Cold Hill, which is touring the UK.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC1.

Strictly Come Dancing winners: Natasha pic: REX/Shutterstock; Jill pic PA Archive/PA Images; Mark pic: PA Images; Alesha pic: REX/Shutterstock; Tom Chambers pic: Jonathan Hordle/REX/Shutterstock; Chris Hollins pic: REX/Shutterstock; Harry Judd pic: Jonathan Hordle/REX/Shutterstock; Louis smith: Georgie Gillard/ANL/REX/Shutterstock, Abbey Clancy NTA pic: Joanne Davidson/REX/Shutterstock; Caroline Flack: John Nguyen/ANL/REX/Shutterstock; Jay McGuiness: David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock; Ore pic: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock

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