JAMES Jordan has enjoyed an incredible career thanks to being a Strictly pro dancer.
He and wife Ola Jordan are now stripping off for charity on ITV's Strictly The Full Monty.
Who is James Jordan from?
43-year-old James was born in April 13, 1978, in Gillingham, Kent, to parents Sharon and Andrew, who used to teach at the famous Peggy Spencer’s Dance School in Penge.
The twinkle-toed performer began dancing at the age of 13 but admits he was pushed into it by his parents and his sister – who used to dance as a child but stopped as she got older.
James said he only went along for a laugh but soon developed a passion for it and his teachers seeing his potential, would enter him in competitions.
By the age of 18, James knew this was his career path and started working with his father to earn money to fund his classes.
The ballroom dancer joined the BBC show Strictly Come Dancing in 2006.
He was partnered with actress Georgina Bouzova but they were the fourth couple to be eliminated.
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When did James Jordan win Dancing On Ice?
James was the winner of Dancing On Ice 2019.
The ballroom dancer made it to the final alongside Saara Aalto and Wes Nelson.
However, despite sustaining a horrific injury during rehearsals and still being in pain during the final – James won.
Why did James Jordan quit Strictly?
James left Strictly Come Dancing in 2014 after joining the show in 2006.
At the time, a Strictly spokesperson said: "James Jordan was offered a role still on [Strictly Come Dancing].
"It wasn’t to be partnered with a celebrity, but it was to be involved in specials such as Children in Need, that sort of thing.
"But he declined that. He was offered a reduced role on the show."
Since then, James has been pretty vocal about how his relationship with the show came to an end. Following the Beeb's announcement, he tweeted: "Yes, it's true I WILL NOT be retuning to 'BURN THE FLOOR'…. Sorry, I mean 'Strictly Come Dancing'"
He added: "….do not believe everything the BBC have written in their statement."
Why did James Jordan fall out with Craig Revel Horwood?
In 2011, James was partnered with The One Show host Alex Jones on Strictly Come Dancing.
Following one performance, Craig Revel Horwood was highly critical of Alex's dancing abilities, which did not sit well with James – prompting a row to break out.
The professional dancer and his wife Ola Jordan were then both dropped from the Strictly tour that year.
When was James Jordan on Celebrity Big Brother?
James Jordan has been a contestant twice on Celebrity Big Brother – but failed to win both times.
He featured on the 14th series of the show in 2014 – landing third place.
James returned in 2017 for the 'All Stars v New Stars' themed 19th series – but got evicted on Day 15 making him the fourth to be booted from the show (and leaving the door open for mild mannered Coleen Nolan to scoop the crown).
Who is James Jordan married to?
James and Ola met at a dance competition in Blackpool in 1999 but James already had a girlfriend.
Some months after, James flew to her native Poland in an attempt to get her to be his dance partner.
On the same day Ola eventually agreed to come to England to train with him and moved to Kent.
A couple of years later James broke up with his girlfriend and he and Ola became an item.
They married in 2003 and lived in Hong Kong for four years teaching dance.
The couple share a daughter together.
What other TV shows has James Jordan appeared on?
In 2009, James and Ola took part in a celebrity version of the BBC game show Total Wipeout.
James is also a regular panellist on Channel 5 talk show The Wright Stuff and Big Brother's Bit on the Side.
The dancer appeared on Through the Keyhole with Ola in September 2015.
In 2021 he was back on the box for Strictly The Full Monty.
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