Who is Stacey Dooley? Meet the Strictly Come Dancing 2018 contestant and documentary maker

Get ready to investigate Stacey’s skills on the dancefloor when the new series begins.

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

Revealed as a Strictly contestant: Stacey Dooley was confirmed as a Strictly 2018 contestant in an Instagram story on the show’s official account on Thursday, August 16.

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Age: 31

Occupation: Broadcaster

Best known for: Stacey first became famous when she was a participant in a 2008 documentary called Blood, Sweat and T-shirts that saw a group of 20-somethings who loved to shop travel to India to see the shocking conditions under which cheap garments were made for the UK market.

Stacey stood out for her shock and interest in the labour laws, and was given her own BBC Three documentary series, Stacey Dooley Investigates.

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Her programmes have lifted the lid on sweatshops, child soldiers and sex workers, and earned her an MBE for services to broadcasting.

The TV star’s other documentaries have included My Hometown Fanatics where she met Islamists and people from the English Defence League, and Coming Here Soon which saw her travel to Greece, Ireland and Japan to interview young people affected by the global financial crisis.


She said: “It’s happening! I’m taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this year and my mother is going to explode. 2018 has already been such an incredible year for me, I’ve done some amazing things and I’m excited to add ‘becoming a dancing GENIUS’ to the list!

“Typically, work for me is very serious and can be quite hardcore so I’m going to soak up the escapism and bathe in the sequins. See you on the dancefloor!”

Strictly partner: Kevin Clifton

Weekly dances and scores: 


Week 1 - Quickstep to Dancing by Kylie Minogue - 24

Week 2 - Cha Cha to Came Here for Love by Sigala - 20

Week 3 - Jive to Happy from Despicable Me 2 - 32

Week 4 - Foxtrot to Hi Ho Silver Lining by Jeff Beck - 33

Week 5 - Samba to Tequila by David Hirschfelder and The Bogo Pogo Orchestra - 33

Week 6 - Tango to the Doctor Who theme - 35


Week 7 - Couple's Choice: Street and Commercial to Empire State of Mind by Alicia Keys - 36

Week 8 - Waltz to Moon River by Audrey Hepburn - 32

Week 9 - Salsa to Ooh Aah (Just a Little Bit) by Gina G - 33

Week 10 - Paso Doble to Malaguena by Brian Setzer - 39, Lindy Hop-a-thon - 4 (out of 7), combined total - 43

Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

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