Australian Natalie is back with a bang!
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Natalie returns to the show after suffering an injury to her foot during training last year, and having to pull out of the competition. She was replaced by Aliona Vilani, who went out in week two with former golf-pro Tony Jacklin.
I just want to put in lots of hard work and try to make it past the finishing line!Natalie Lowe
Before that Natalie has been partnered with Audley Harrison (in 2011), making a remarkably graceful team - despite the boxer's size 17 feet! They managed to stay an impressive seven weeks into the competition. Natalie's biggest success to date in Strictly, however, was in 2009 with Hollyoaks star Ricky Whittle. The pair scored consistently well with the judges but were beat by one to the winning place. Natalie described Ricky as ''one of the most talented celebrities Strictly has ever seen".
Natalie was born into a family of five in 1980 in Sydney, Australia. Her parents weren't dancers, apart from the occasional shuffle around the kitchen table, but she was encouraged by her neighbours to start ballroom dancing at the local Seven Hills RSL club in 1985.
Natalie had her first try-out in 1986. She later decided she wanted to dance with her brother Glenn, an amateur champion who was five years older than her. This meant that she missed out most of her junior years to dance with him and went straight to the adult category.
Together, the siblings competed in many small, intensive trips overseas and had lessons from some of the world's best teachers. Natalie was planning to move to Europe to further her dance education and training, but due to a family illness she stayed in Australia. What she didn't realise at the time, was that this would be the start of her Strictly story, as she was picked to be a regular dancer on Dancing With The Stars in Australia.
When Natalie's not dancing, she has a whole host of hobbies and interests to keep her occupied including fishing, surfing, camping, water skiing and walking her labrador.
Natalie's speciality is Ballroom dancing.