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 February 20

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Most celebrities appearing on reality television hope their stint will catapult their careers in the right direction and there are X stars which have achieved this success.

Since it began in 2004, Strictly Come Dancing has welcomed an array of stars to its dance floor including TV presenters Matt Baker, Susanna Reid and more recently Ranvir Singh.

Alesha Dixon, Kara Tointon and Harry Judd have all appeared in previous series too.

Whether they got their hands on the all important Glitterball trophy like Liverpool’s own Abbey Clancy or whether they just missed out like Mark Wright – they’ve enjoyed renewed success since their time on the competition ended.

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Here’s our round-up of the Strictly Come Dancing success stories.

Alesha Dixon

Alesha Dixon on BGT tonight

Singer and former Strictly judge Alesha Dixon lifted the Strictly Come Dancing trophy in 2007 with her professional partner Matthew Cutler

Since winning the show, Alesha went on to judge the competition until she left the Strictly panel for Britain Got Talent in 2012.

She remains a judge on the ITV show.

Since winning Strictly she also found herself in demand by several record labels keen to snap her up for her musical talents too.

Mark Wright

Mark Wright appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2014, two years after he met his now wife Michelle Keegan.

Although he didn’t win the show, Mark has since gone on to have a successful career. He worked as a presenter in the US, starring on TV show Extra.

He has recently filmed a documentary as he pursued his childhood dream of being a footballer. He now plays for Crawley Town as well as having a regular presenting slot on Heart FM.

Together with his brother Josh Wright, Mark has created a fitness brand Train Wright too.

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Susanna Reid

Kevin Clifton and Susanna Reid performing during rehearsals for the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing

Kevin Clifton and Susanna Reid performing during rehearsals for the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing

Susanna Reid may have lost out on the Glitterball trophy to Abbey Clancy in 2013 but she has certainly witnessed her career skyrocket ever since.

Following her appearance on the BBC show, Susanna made the controversial move to leave BBC Breakfast for ITV’s Good Morning Britain alongside Piers Morgan.

Despite much criticism of the move at the time, it has certainly paid off and has helped make Susanna a household name.

Ranvir Singh

Ranvir Singh on Lorraine

Whilst Ranvir Singh was already well known before her 2020 appearance on Strictly Come Dancing, it’s fair to say the public have fallen in love with her even more since.

This week, Lorraine fans called for Ranvir Singh to take over presenting duties permanently as she stood in for Lorraine Kelly, who was off during half term.

Ranvir stood in for Lorraine over the Christmas break and gained an army of fans in the process too.

Abbey Clancy

Abbey Clancy and Peter Crouch on holiday

The Britain’s Next Top Model runner up won Strictly in 2013.

With her partner Aljaz Skorjanec, she won the show dancing the Waltz, the Showdance and the Quickstep.

After the show Abbey went on to become a judge on Britain’s Next Top Model and welcomed her fourth child with husband Peter Crouch in 2019.

Alex Jones

The One Show's Alex Jones will be a judge in the national playwriting competition

The One Show’s Alex Jones

Alex Jones appeared in Strictly Come Dancing’s 2011 series with partner James Jordan.

While she had already bagged her One Show presenting role at that point, since Strictly she has gone on to co-host the BBC series Shop Well for Less? alongside Steph McGovern in 2016.

In September 2016 she fronted a one-off documentary Alex Jones – Fertility and Me for BBC One too.

Ore Oduba

Strictly's 2016 series winners Ore Oduba and Karen Clifton

Strictly’s 2016 series winners Ore Oduba and Karen Clifton

TV presenter Ore Oduba won the glitterball trophy in 2016 alongside his partner Joanne Clifton.

During the final the pair danced the American Smooth (39 points) and they scored a whopping 40 points for the Showdance and the Jive.

In 2019 he began his musical theatre career, starring in the UK Tour of Grease. Ore made his West End debut in January 2020.

Stacey Dooley

Stacey Dooley (centre) performs during the Strictly Come Dancing Tour 2019

Stacey Dooley won Strictly Come Dancing in 2018 with her partner Kevin Clifton, beating Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts and YouTuber Joe Sugg.


Stacey is now in a relationship with Kevin and has been inundated with offers of work since winning.

Later this year she is set to present This is MY House, where a team of celebrity judges work together to figure out who is the honest homeowner and who are the imposters.

Ricky Whittle

Actor Ricky Whittle and his professional partner Natalie Lowe

Ricky took part in the show in 2009 when he was best known for his role as Calvin in Hollyoaks.

However, since appearing on Strictly his career has crossed the Atlantic and has seen him appear on TV shows including NCIS, The 100 and Mistresses in the US.

He also starred as the lead in Amazon’s supernatural comic book series, American Gods.

Matt Baker

Matt Baker on his last One Show

Matt took part in the 2010 series when he was a guest presenter and co-host on the One Show.

However since his time on Strictly, in which he was runner-up, he secured a permanent job as co-host alongside Alex Jones. Matt replaced former host Jason Manford who stepped down from the role.

As well as The One Show, he has also fronted BBC shows The Gift, Big Blue Live and Wild Alaska Live.

Last month, Matt confirmed he was leaving the One Show.

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