Who is Graeme Swann? Meet the Strictly Come Dancing 2018 contestant and cricketer

Will Graeme join the ranks of cricketers who've turned their footwork at the crease into ballroom dancing success?

Strictly Come Dancing is back! The BBC has revealed that Graeme Swann will be stepping out on the dancefloor this year – get to know him a little better.

Revealed as a Strictly contestant: Graeme Swann was announced as the sixth celebrity to be joining Strictly 2018 on BBC Radio 2 on Wednesday, August 15.

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Age: 39

Occupation: Cricketer

Best known for: Graeme was an England cricketer until 2013, when he retired during that year’s Ashes series loss.

He played for his home county of Northamptonshire as well as Nottinghamshire during his career, and was known for his right-arm offspin bowling.

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Since his retirement, Graeme has been a commentator for BBC’s Test Match Special.

He is also the lead singer of the rock covers band Dr Comfort and the Lurid Revelations.

Graeme has been one of the surprise successes of the 2018 series, injecting his sense of humour into all of his routines and doing a great job of keeping up with super-quick pro Oti Mabuse.

 

He said: “I’m worried about waxing my chest. It gives me cold sweats just thinking about it. It takes me two days just to take a plaster off in the bath. I’ve got the lowest pain threshold ever.”

Strictly partner: Oti Mabuse

Weekly dances and scores:

Week 1 - Samba to Soul Limbo by Booker T and The MG's - 22

Week 2 - American Smooth to Try a Little Tenderness by Otis Redding - 15

Week 3 - Charleston to the Spider-Man theme - 29

Week 4 - Jive to Don't Stop Me Now by Queen - 26

Week 5 - Tango to Roxanne by The Police - 29

Week 6 - Cha Cha to Thriller by Michael Jackson - 21

Week 7 - Waltz to The Last Waltz by Engelbert Humperdinck - 29

Week 8 - Salsa to Follow the Leader by Soca Boys - 31

Week 9 - Couple's Choice: Theatre and Jazz to The Trolley Song from Meet Me in St Louis - 32

Week 10 - Quickstep to Sing Sing Sing by The Andrews Sisters - 24, Lindy Hop-a-thon - 2 (out of 7), combined total - 26

Placed: Graeme was finally knocked out of the competition in week 10, his fourth time in the dance off. He placed seventh in the series and was the ninth celebrity to be voted out.

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