Famous British Dancers

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Find out more about the greatest British Dancers, including Olly Murs, Alesha Dixon, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman and Bruce Forsyth.
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Alesha Dixon
(Singer, Model, Dancer)
Alesha Dixon
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Birthdate: October 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London

Alesha Dixon is an English singer-songwriter, rapper, and TV personality. She initially wanted to become a teacher, but destiny had other plans for her, and she ended up entering the music world. She rose to fame as a singer in the 2000s as a member of the girl group Mis-Teeq. She later pursued a successful solo career as well. 

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Olly Murs
(Singer, Songwriter)
Olly Murs
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Birthdate: May 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Witham, Essex, England

Known for his songs like Thinking of Me, Heart Skips a Beat and Dance with Me Tonight, Olly Murs established himself as a successful singer and songwriter. The Englishman, whose music genres range from pop to neo soul came to prominence with his performance in The X Factor. The Manchester United fan is also a television presenter and voice actor.

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AJ Pritchard
(Dancer, choreographer)
AJ Pritchard
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Birthdate: November 5, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sneyd Green, Stoke-on-Trent

AJ Pritchard is a British television personality, dancer, and choreographer. Pritchard became a household name in the UK after appearing in popular TV shows, such as Britain's Got Talent, Strictly Come Dancing, and I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! In 2018, he appeared in the celebrity version of Hunted in an attempt to help Stand Up to Cancer.

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Darcey Bussell
(One of the Best British Ballerinas of All Time)
Darcey Bussell
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Birthdate: April 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London

Darcey Bussell is an English former ballerina best known for her appearances as a judge on the popular television show, Strictly Come Dancing. She is also known for her association with the Royal Ballet, where she was a principal dancer. Darcey Bussell is considered one of the best British ballerinas of all time and is the recipient of numerous awards.  

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Shirley Ballas
(English Dance Teacher, Ballroom Dancer, and Dance Adjudicator)
Shirley Ballas
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Birthdate: September 6, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wallasey, Cheshire, England

Shirley Ballas is an English dance teacher, ballroom dancer, and dance adjudicator. Nicknamed The Queen of Latin, Ballas is best known for her achievements in the International Latin division. Shirley Ballas' popularity increased in 2017, when she started appearing as the head judge on the popular TV dance show, Strictly Come Dancing.

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Harvey Cantwell
(English Singer and Television Personality Known for His Show ‘Friday Download’)
Harvey Cantwell
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Birthdate: January 28, 1999
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hartley, Kent, England
Harvey Cantwell, better known as Hrvy, gained fame with his EP Holiday. He was a presenter on Friday Download and also appeared in the web series Chicken Girls. A huge star on social-media platforms such as Instagram, he has also been part of the reality show Strictly Come Dancing.
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Margot Fonteyn
(English Ballet Dancer)
Margot Fonteyn
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Birthdate: May 18, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Reigate, England
Died: February 21, 1991

Margot Fonteyn was an English ballerina who spent her entire dancing career at the Royal Ballet. She was eventually appointed prima ballerina assoluta of the Royal Ballet by Queen Elizabeth II. Margot Fonteyn achieved international fame after a tour of the US in 1949. She also helped popularize ballet in the US by appearing on TV before and after WWII.

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Jayne Torvill
(Ice Dancer)
Jayne Torvill
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Birthdate: October 7, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Clifton, England
Jayne Torvill is a celebrated professional English ice dancer whose gold medal-winning performance with Christopher Dean at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics became a talking point worldwide. With Dean, she won the World Professional Championship five times and the Challenge of Champions title thrice. The top-scoring figure skating pair also starred in the television series Dancing on Ice.
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Billie Piper
(Actress)
Billie Piper
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Birthdate: September 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Swindon, Wiltshire, England

At age 15, Billie Piper became the youngest artist to enter the UK Singles Chart at number one after releasing her debut single Because We Want To. After establishing a successful music career, Billie decided to abandon her career to focus on acting. She then became the only performer to win all six Best Actress awards for the play Yerma.

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Craig Revel Horwood
(Australian-British Dancer, Choreographer, Author, Theatre Director, Conductor, and Former Drag Queen)
Craig Revel Horwood
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Birthdate: January 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ballarat, Australia

Craig Revel Horwood is an Australian-British dancer, choreographer, author, theatre director, conductor, and former drag queen. Also a TV personality, Horwood is best known for appearing as a judge on the British television dance contest, Strictly Come Dancing. Craig Revel Horwood has also released three autobiographies by joining hands with Michael O'Mara Books.

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Kevin Clifton
(Professional Dancer)
Kevin Clifton
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Birthdate: October 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Waltham, United Kingdom
Professional dancer Kevin Clifton won Strictly Come Dancing with partner Stacey Dooley in 2018. He had started learning Latin and ballroom dance as a child and competed across the world with his sister, Joanne. The former youth world number 1 dancer was ranked seventh in the world when he retired.
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Bonnie Langford
(English Actress, Singer, and Dancer)
Bonnie Langford
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Birthdate: July 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hampton Court, Surrey, England

Bonnie Langford is an English actress, singer, and dancer. She achieved popularity as a child actress in the 1970s, when she portrayed Violet Elizabeth Bott in a television series titled Just William. From 2015 to 2018, Bonnie Langford played Carmel Kazemi on the popular soap opera EastEnders, which earned her the 2016 British Soap Award.

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Len Goodman
(English Ballroom Dancer, Dance Coach, and Judge)
Len Goodman
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Birthdate: April 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bethnal Green

Len Goodman is an English ballroom dancer, dance coach, and judge. He achieved popularity when he started appearing as the head judge on the popular television dance show, Strictly Come Dancing. In addition to his TV work, Len Goodman also operates a ballroom dance school in Kent.

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Denise van Outen
(Actress, Singer, Dancer and TV Presenter)
Denise van Outen
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Birthdate: May 27, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Basildon, Essex, England

Denise van Outen is an English actress, dancer, singer, and presenter. She is known for presenting the TV show, The Big Breakfast, and for competing in the tenth series of Strictly Come Dancing where she finished as runner-up. Also known for her humanitarian work, Denise supports charity organizations, such as Breast Cancer Care and Comic Relief.

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Tommy Steele
(English Singer Who is Regarded as Britain's First Teen Idol and Rock and Roll Star)
Tommy Steele
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Birthdate: December 17, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bermondsey

Tommy Steele is an English singer, actor, sculptor, and writer. Widely regarded as an important entertainer, Steele is considered Britain's first rock and roll star and teen idol. His rise to stardom was dramatized in the 1957 film The Tommy Steele Story, where he appeared as himself. Tommy Steele remains an active performer to this day.  

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Christopher Dean
(Ice dancer)
Christopher Dean
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Birthdate: July 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Calverton, Nottinghamshire, England
British ice dancer Christopher Dean is best known for his 1984 Winter Olympics gold-medal-winning performance with his skating partner Jayne Torvill. The duo won a bronze at the 1994 Winter Olympics. Dean is also four-time World Championship winner and a six-time British Champion. He inspired the biopic Torvill & Dean.
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Ola Jordan
(British-Polish Model and Ballroom Dancer)
Ola Jordan
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Birthdate: September 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nasielsk, Poland

Ola Jordan is a British-Polish model and ballroom dancer. She achieved popularity after appearing on the popular TV show Strictly Come Dancing, where she competed from 2006 to 2015. In 2018, Ola Jordan became a judge on the Polish version of the show.

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Ashley Banjo
(English Actor, Street Dancer, and Choreographer)
Ashley Banjo
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Birthdate: October 4, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Leytonstone

Ashley Banjo is an English actor, street dancer, and choreographer. He is best known as the leader of Diversity, a dance troupe that won the third series of the popular televised talent show, Britain's Got Talent. Ashley Banjo has also appeared as a judge on TV shows like Got to Dance and Dancing on Ice.

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Layla El
(Former English Professional Wrestler, Model, and Dancer)
Layla El
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Birthdate: June 25, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England

Layla El is an English former professional wrestler, model, and dancer. She achieved international fame when she became a popular WWE wrestler. She was part of WWE from 2006 to 2015, during which she won the WWE Divas Championship title and the WWE Women's Championship title. Layla El is currently working as a real estate agent.

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Emma Slater
(English-American Dancer and Choreographer)
Emma Slater
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Birthdate: December 25, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tamworth, Staffordshire

Emma Slater is an English-American dancer and choreographer best known for making numerous appearances on the popular dance competition television series, Dancing with the Stars. Prior to making her TV debut, Emma Slater competed in dance competitions around the world, representing the UK. She then went on to establish herself as a theater and TV personality.

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Sonoya Mizuno
(Actress Best Known for Her Works in Movies 'Ex Machina', 'Annihilation', and 'Devs')
Sonoya Mizuno
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Birthdate: July 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Sonoya Mizuno is an English actress, ballet dancer, and model. She started her professional career as a model, working for world-renowned brands, such as Saint Laurent, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton. Thanks to her skills as a ballet dancer, which she learnt at the Royal Ballet School, Mizuno landed roles in dance films like High Strung, which kick-started her film career.

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Billy Fury
(English Musician and Singer Who Achieved Immense Popularity in the 1960s)
Billy Fury
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Birthdate: April 17, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Liverpool
Died: January 28, 1983

Billy Fury was an English musician, singer, songwriter, and actor. He achieved immense popularity in the 1960s, when he spent a whopping 332 weeks on the UK chart. Billy Fury also achieved popularity as an actor, playing important roles in films like Play It Cool and That'll Be the Day.

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Matthew Bourne
(English Choreographer Who is Known for His Unusual and Quirky Choreography)
Matthew Bourne
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Birthdate: January 13, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Walthamstow

Matthew Bourne is an English choreographer who specializes in theatrical dance and contemporary dance. Best known for his unusual and quirky choreography, Bourne is the recipient of many prestigious awards, such as Laurence Olivier Awards, Tony Awards, and Drama Desk Awards.

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Marty Wilde
(One of the First British Pop Singers to Emulate the Success of American Rock and Roll)
Marty Wilde
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Birthdate: April 15, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Blackheath

Marty Wilde is an English songwriter and singer best known for being one of the first British pop singers to emulate the success of American rock and roll. He recorded several hit singles during the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. Also known as the father of Kim Wilde, Marty Wilde is credited with writing many of Kim's hit singles.

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Will Kemp
(English Dancer and Actor)
Will Kemp
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Birthdate: June 29, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hertfordshire

Will Kemp is an English dancer and actor. He is best known for playing important roles in popular films like Van Helsing, Step Up 2: The Streets, and The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power. Will Kemp has also appeared in many TV films like The Car Man, Christopher and His Kind, and Kristin's Christmas Past.

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Arlene Phillips
(English Choreographer, Television Judge and Presenter, Theatre Director, Talent Scout, and Former Dancer)
Arlene Phillips
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Birthdate: May 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Prestwich
Arlene Phillips is an English choreographer, television judge and presenter, theatre director, talent scout, and former dancer. She achieved popularity as the choreographer of many television shows, films, and Broadway and West End musicals. Arlene Phillips' popularity increased when she started appearing as a judge on television shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Strictly Come Dancing.
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Frederick Ashton
(British Choreographer and Ballet Dancer)
Frederick Ashton
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Birthdate: September 17, 1904
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Died: August 18, 1988

Frederick Ashton was a British choreographer and ballet dancer. He is best remembered for his work as a choreographer and director in opera, film, and revue. He achieved popularity as the chief choreographer at the Royal Ballet, where he worked alongside Ninette de Valois. Frederick Ashton succeeded de Valois as the company's director, serving until his retirement in 1970.

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Lorraine Crosby
(English Singer and Songwriter)
Lorraine Crosby
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Birthdate: November 27, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Walker

Lorraine Crosby is an English songwriter and singer. She achieved popularity in 1993, when she was featured by Meat Loaf in his hit song, I'd Do Anything for Love. Lorraine Crosby's popularity increased in 2008, when she came up with her first album, Mrs Loud.

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Topper Headon
(Drummer of the Punk Rock Band 'The Clash')
Topper Headon
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Birthdate: May 30, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London Borough of Bromley

Topper Headon is an English drummer renowned for his association with the popular punk rock band The Clash. Also known for his immense contribution to the drumming world, Topper Headon was made an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

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Ninette de Valois
(British Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher, and Director of Classical Ballet)
Ninette de Valois
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Birthdate: June 6, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Blessington, Ireland
Died: March 8, 2001

Ninette de Valois was an Irish-born British dancer, choreographer, teacher, and director of classical ballet. She is best remembered for founding The Royal Ballet, which went on to become a world renowned classical ballet company. Counted among the most influential personalities in the history of ballet, Ninette de Valois is also credited with establishing the Royal Ballet School.

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Joe Brown
(English Entertainer, Singer, and Guitarist)
Joe Brown
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Birthdate: May 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Swarby, England

Joe Brown is an English entertainer, singer, and guitarist. In a career, spanning more than 60 years, Brown has had success as a recording artist and stage and television performer. A highly regarded personality in the music industry, Joe Brown commands admiration and respect from a wide range of artists.  

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Alicia Markova
(One of the Greatest Classical Ballet Dancers of the 20th Century)
Alicia Markova
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Birthdate: December 1, 1910
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Finsbury Park, London, England
Died: December 2, 2004

Alicia Markova was a British ballet dancer, director, choreographer, and teacher of classical ballet. Best remembered for her association with Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, Markova was widely regarded as one of the 20th century's greatest classical ballet dancers. Alicia Markova is also credited with co-founding the English National Ballet.

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Wayne Sleep
(British Actor, Dancer, Choreographer, and Director)
Wayne Sleep
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Birthdate: July 17, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Plymouth

Wayne Sleep is a British actor, dancer, choreographer, and director. He is best known for his appearances on popular TV shows like The Real Full Monty and The Real Marigold on Tour. In 2020, Jay Webb played Wayne Sleep on the popular TV series The Crown.

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Sarah Churchill
(English Actress & Dancer and the Daughter of Winston Churchill)
Sarah Churchill
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Birthdate: October 7, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 24, 1982
Sarah Churchill, daughter of British prime minister Winston Churchill, is best remembered for her performance as Anne Ashmond in the film Royal Wedding. She had also served as an air force interpreter during World War II. She also released many lithographic prints and paintings of her father.
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Roy Castle
(English Singer, Dancer, Actor, Comedian, Musician, and Television Presenter)
Roy Castle
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Birthdate: August 31, 1932
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Scholes, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died: September 2, 1994

Roy Castle was an English singer, dancer, actor, comedian, musician, and television presenter. An accomplished jazz trumpet player, Castle could also play numerous other instruments and is best remembered for his versatility. Roy Castle also achieved popularity as the presenter of the long-running British television children's series, Record Breakers.

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Kenneth MacMillan
(British Choreographer and Ballet Dancer)
Kenneth MacMillan
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Birthdate: December 11, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dunfermline, England
Died: October 29, 1992

Kenneth MacMillan was a British choreographer and ballet dancer. He is best remembered for his association with the Royal Ballet, where he was the artistic director between 1970 and 1977. He also served as the company's principal choreographer from 1977 to 1992. Kenneth MacMillan was posthumously honored with the Laurence Olivier Award and Tony Award.

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Flavia Cacace
(Italian–British Professional Dancer and Choreographer.)
Flavia Cacace
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Birthdate: March 13, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Naples, Campania, Italy

Italian-British dancer Flavia Cacace is part of the dance duo Vincent and Flavia, with her dance partner Vincent Simone. She appeared multiple times on the reality show Strictly Come Dancing and won in its 10th season. She has also appeared on The Magicians. Flavis is married to actor Jimi Mistry.

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Perri Lister
(Former English Actress, Singer, and Dancer)
Perri Lister
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Birthdate: April 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London

Perri Lister is an English retired actress, singer, and dancer. She achieved popularity after joining the popular dance troupe, Hot Gossip. As part of the troupe, Lister appeared on a TV show titled The Kenny Everett Video Show during the 1970s and 1980s. Apart from appearing on TV shows, Lister also worked as a backing vocalist for numerous pop artists.

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Anton du Beke
(Ballroom dancer)
Anton du Beke
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Birthdate: July 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sevenoaks, Kent, England

Anton Du Beke is a ballroom and Latin dancer, television presenter, comedian, author, and singer. Also known for his philanthropic activities, Du Beke has been an honorary patron of the popular theatre charity, The Music Hall Guild of Great Britain and America. Over the years, he has also been an important contributor to BBC's UK charity, Children in Need.

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Ian Waite
(British Dancer Who Specializes in Latin American Dance)
Ian Waite
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Birthdate: January 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Reading

Ian Waite is a British dancer who specializes in Latin American dance. He achieved popularity after appearing on the seventh series of the popular televised dance competition, Strictly Come Dancing. Over the years, Ian Waite has also worked as a teacher and choreographer.

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Rosemarie Ford
(English Dancer, Actress, and Television Presenter)
Rosemarie Ford
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Birthdate: March 5, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sherburn-in-Elmet

Rosemarie Ford is an English dancer, actress, and television presenter. She is best known for her appearance as the co-host of the popular game show The Generation Game from 1990 to 1994. Rosemarie Ford has also hosted other famous shows like Come Dancing. In 1999, she was honored with the prestigious Carl Alan Award.

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Anton Dolin
(English Ballet Choreographer and Dancer)
Anton Dolin
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Birthdate: July 27, 1904
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Slinfold, West Sussex, England
Died: November 25, 1983

Sir Anton Dolin was an English ballet choreographer and dancer. He is best remembered for his association with the Royal Ballet, where he served as the principal during the 1930s. Along with Alicia Markova, Sir Anton Dolin is credited with founding the London Festival Ballet and the Markova-Dolin Ballet. Dolin was featured in the documentary, A Portrait of Giselle.

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Lindsay Kemp
(British Dancer, Choreographer, Mime Artist, Actor, and Teacher)
Lindsay Kemp
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Birthdate: May 3, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: South Shields

Lindsay Kemp was a British dancer, choreographer, mime artist, actor, and teacher. He is remembered for playing the lead role of Divine in a mime and music show titled Flowers, which was based on Jean Genet's popular novel Our Lady of the Flowers. The show was considered a sensory and theatrical sensation. Kemp is also credited with mentoring David Bowie.

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Karen Hardy
(British Ballroom Dancer Best Known for Her Appearances in the TV Series 'Strictly Come Dancing')
Karen Hardy
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Birthdate: July 14, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Weymouth

Karen Hardy is a British ballroom dancer, teacher, coach, and adjudicator. She is best known for her appearances in the popular TV dance contest Strictly Come Dancing between 2005 and 2009. Prior to making her TV appearance, Hardy had won several competitions, including the International Latin American Dance Championship. Karen Hardy currently runs a dance studio in London.

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Dick Taylor
(English Musician, Guitarist and Founding Member of the Popular Band 'The Pretty Things')
Dick Taylor
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Birthdate: January 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dartford

Dick Taylor is an English musician and guitarist best known as a founding member of the popular band, The Pretty Things. Prior to founding the Pretty Things, Taylor was associated with the Rolling Stones, where he was a bassist. Apart from the Pretty Things and the Rolling Stones, Taylor was also associated with the Mekons, where he played the guitar.

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Tony Sheridan
(English Guitarist Who was an Early Collaborator of the Popular Rock Band 'The Beatles')
Tony Sheridan
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Birthdate: May 21, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Norwich
Died: February 16, 2013

Tony Sheridan was an English guitarist who lived and worked in Germany. He was an early collaborator of the popular rock band, the Beatles. Tony Sheridan is the only non-Beatle to be credited as lead singer of one of the band's recordings that charted as a single.

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Antony Tudor
(English Ballet Dancer, Teacher, and Choreographer)
Antony Tudor
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Birthdate: April 4, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 19, 1987

Antony Tudor was an English ballet dancer, teacher, and choreographer. He is remembered for founding the London Ballet as well as the Philadelphia Ballet Guild. Tudor is also remembered for his association with the Royal Swedish Ballet, where he served as the artistic director from 1963 to 1964. He also taught ballet at institutions like the University of California, Irvine.

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Johnny Kidd
(English Singer and Songwriter)
Johnny Kidd
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Birthdate: December 23, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Willesden, London, United Kingdom
Died: October 8, 1966

Johnny Kidd was an English singer and songwriter. He is best remembered for his association with the rock and roll group, Johnny Kidd & the Pirates, where he was the lead vocalist. Thanks to one of his most popular songs, Shakin' All Over, Johnny Kidd was one of the few British rockers to achieve international fame before the Beatles.

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Akram Khan
(English Dancer and Choreographer)
Akram Khan
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Birthdate: July 29, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lambeth, London, England, United Kingdom

Akram Khan is an English dance choreographer and dancer of Bangladeshi origin. A trained kathak dancer, Khan also specializes in contemporary dance. He is best known for founding the Akram Khan Company, which he formed alongside Farooq Chaudhry in 2000. Akram Khan is the recipient of several awards, such as the Laurence Olivier Award and Critics' Circle National Dance Award.

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Darren Bennett
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Birthdate: February 14, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sheffield, England