Main content

Gorka Marquez

It's Gorka the Corker!

Fact title Fact data

First joining the Strictly family back in 2016, Gorka's debut was cut short when he only made it to week three with EastEnders star Tameka Empson. But his luck changed in 2017, as he soared through to the Final with partner Alexandra Burke, before they were pipped to the post by Joe McFadden and Katya Jones.

In 2018 Gorka was paired with TV presenter and charity campaigner Katie Piper, but the duo bowed out in week four of the competition. The following year, Gorka took time out of partnering and starred in our fabulous Pro dances instead.

But for 2020 he's back on the dancefloor with a very lucky celeb partner! See you in the Ballroom...


Starting dance lessons from the age of 12, it didn’t take long for Gorka to become one of the top movers in his native Spain. He represented the country in the World Latin Championships in 2010, and reached the semi-finals of the 2012 WDSF World Cup.

In 2014, Gorka took a lead role in the global dance phenomenon Burn The Floor - a job which saw him touring the globe. But he’s swapped the stamps in his well-thumbed passport for the glitz of the Strictly Ballroom, returning for yet another fab-u-lous year.