Kevin Clifton

Grimsby’s finest!

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2017 marks Kevin's fifth year on Strictly, and he’ll be hoping to step up on an incredible record so far – he’s made the final each year, but that elusive Glitterball Trophy has always been just out of his grasp.

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Kevin Clifton

His first Strictly stint saw him team up with Susanna Reid in an incredibly tough year, eventually won by Abbey Clancy. Kevin was a runner-up again in 2014 with his partner, The Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge. Last year, Kevin once again made the final with actress Kellie Bright, with their Star Wars-themed Charleston quickly becoming a Strictly classic, while 2016 saw him swipe second place with partner Louise Redknapp. Could it be fifth time lucky for Kevin from Grimsby?

Kevin heads up a whole Clifton dance dynasty – he shares the Strictly stage with his wife Karen, and previously with sister Joanne. But that’s not to say he’ll take it easy on the competition – after four silver medals, nothing will stop him going for the win!


Kevin was born in Grimsby and trained in Ballroom and Latin from an early age. Conveniently for him, his parents are former World Champions, and were kind enough to pass down their knowledge.

After making his musical theatre debut in 2010 dancing in Dirty Dancing in London’s West End, Kevin has been a principal dancer of the Burn The Floor Dance Company for several years.

Former Youth World Number One and four time British Latin Champion, Kevin won International Open titles in Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Japan, France, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Belgium... pretty much everywhere then!


Kevin’s a huge footie fan. He supports Chelsea and follows the team up and down the country. Kevin also loves wrestling and has followed WWE since he was a young 'un.

And his favourite food? Fish 'n' chips. A true Northerner!


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