Natasha Kaplinsky

Winner of series one in 2004

News presenter Natasha Kaplinsky was the inaugural winner of Strictly Come Dancing with her partner, Brendan Cole in 2004. She finished 39 points ahead of the other finalist, Christopher Parker.

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Out of the ten distinct dances that were featured in the first series, Natasha received the highest mark for eight of them – Lesley Garrett received the highest mark for the jive, and Claire Sweeney received the highest mark for the tango.

Natasha has presented the news for BBC, ITV, Channel Five and Sky. During the second series of Strictly, Natasha stepped into the presenting shoes of Tess Daly who was on maternity leave.

Natasha's Strictly Stats

Week 1 – Cha Cha Cha: 27 points

Week 2 – Quickstep: 31 points

Week 3 – Jive: 26 points

Week 4 – Foxtrot: 35 points

Week 5 – Samba: 37 points

Week 6 – Tango: 31 points, Rumba: 36 points

Week 7 – Waltz: 36 points, Paso Doble: 35 points

Week 8 – Quickstep: 36 points, Samba: 31 points, Showdance: 35 points