Who is Janette Manrara, Strictly Come Dancing pro?

Janette has appeared in every Strictly since 2013 – and she’s back for more this year. Here’s what you need to know about her.

Janette made her first appearance on Strictly Come Dancing in 2013 – when she was partnered with designer Julien Macdonald.

Here’s what you need to know about Janette:

Who is Janette Manrara?

Janette appeared on So You Think You Can Dance in her native US before joining the Strictly family.

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From Miami, Florida, Janette worked in a bank for seven years before taking up dancing full-time. Janette’s career has seen her perform with Jennifer Lopez at the 82nd Academy Awards and work as a principal dancer in the TV series and live tour of Glee, as well as appear on the West End stage in Burn The Floor.

Janette married her Strictly co-star Aljaz Skorjanec in front of many of the show’s stars on July 15, 2017. The couple told Hello! they were most looking forward to – surprise, surprise – their first dance.

“We haven't decided what the first dance will be yet, but I think it will be something really simple, pretty and intimate," Aljaz said. "It's just going to be a lovely day dedicated to celebrating our love."

[Read more: Who is Aljaz Skorjanec?]

Janette and Aljaz have recently toured the UK for a show celebrating the work and genius of Fred Astaire.

Favourite dances: The Rumba and the Quickstep.

Best-ever finish: Janette finished in fifth place in series 12 with her partner, EastEnders actor Jake Wood.

Worst-ever finish: Last year Janette left the show in week one with partner Melvin Odoom before they went on to win 2016’s Strictly Christmas Special.

Former celebrity partners: Julien Macdonald, Jake Wood, Peter Andre, Melvin Odoom.

Did you know? In the past Janette and Aljaz rented Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood’s house in Camden.

Photo credit: David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock

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