Dancing On Ice 2019 – Meet the professional ice skaters

Get to know the pros who will be putting the celebrities through their paces when ITV's Sunday night ice dance show returns to the ice.

Dancing On Ice is set to fill the reality-TV-shaped hole in our lives in the New Year, and the celebrities who’ve signed up to take part have already started their skating bootcamp in preparation.

Contestants have been announced and matched with their professional partners – but just who are the skaters whipping their teammates into shape?

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Brianne Delcourt

Age: 37

From: Canada

Celebrity partner: Mark Little

Back again is one of Dancing On Ice’s long-serving stars, Brianne, who has completed six series of the show and is heading into her seventh. She won series six with Sam Attwater and has also partnered Gareth Gates, Kieron Richardson, Matt Lapinskas and Sebastien Foucan.

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Brandee Malto

Age: 38

From: US

Celebrity partner: Ryan Sidebottom

Californian skater Brandee has been a professional ice skater for around 10 years and has performed in hit show Disney On Ice. This will be her second series in the UK.

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Sylvain Longchambon

Age: 38

From: France

Celebrity partner: Jane Danson

Sylvain is another of the programme’s returning big names. He has appeared in four series so far, partnering Jennifer Metcalfe, Heidi Range, Samia Ghadie, Stephanie Wareing and Jorgie Porter. Sylvain is now married to Samia, and the couple have a son, Yves, born in September 2015.

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Alex Murphy

Age: 30

From: US

Celebrity partner: Brian McFadden

Alex went a long way in last year's contest as Kem Cetinay's partner. She has previously taken part in Skating with the Stars and has overcome a stroke and heart surgery five years ago to return to her career on the ice.

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Vanessa Bauer

Age: 22

From: Germany

Celebrity partner: Wes Nelson

Vanessa was new to Dancing on Ice last year, but proved herself by winning the show with Jake Quickenden. She previously worked aboard one of the biggest luxury cruise ships in the world, HMS Harmony Of The Seas. She is also a dancer and acrobat.

Matt Evers

Age: 42

From: US

Celebrity partner: Gemma Collins

Matt is Mr Dancing On Ice, having appeared in all 10 series to date. The skater won 2008’s competition when he was partnered with Suzanne Shaw, and will be bringing all of his experience to bear on training with possibly one of the toughest celeb matches for 2019 - The GC. If anyone can handle her, Matt can.

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Mark Hanretty

Age: 33

From: Scotland

Celebrity partner: Saira Khan

Mark was drafted in last minute to the show's return last series to replace a late drop out, but is sticking around for 2019 as one of the most popular pros. He has previously partnered Nadia Sawalha, Rosemary Conley and Oona King. Mark has competed in the British Championships and now works as a coach and choreographer.

Hamish Gaman

Age: 35

From: England

Celebrity partner: Saara Aalto

British skater Hamish retired from the competitive sport in 2015. He had won a bronze at the 2015 British Championships with his American partner, and the pair also took part in the 2015 European Championships. He completed his first Dancing on Ice series in 2018.

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Lukasz Rozycki

Age: 39

From: Poland

Celebrity partner: Didi Conn

Grease star Didi Conn is in safe hands with Lukasz, who is returning to the show after a break, having previously partnered Elen Rivas and Laila Morse. Lukasz is one of two husband-and-wife pro couples in 2019's series, with Alexandra Schauman.

Alexandra Schauman

Age: 38

From: Finland

Celebrity partner: James Jordan

Alexandra is also returning to the show alongside husband Lukasz - her last appearance was partnering Todd Carty in the All Star series before the show took a break. She and new partner James Jordan should have something in common already as he also danced as a pro performer alongside his spouse, Ola, in Strictly Come Dancing.

Alexander Demetriou

Age: 28

From: UK

Celebrity partner: Melody Thornton

Alexander is new to the pro line-up for 2019, along with his wife, Carlotta Edwards. The pair love to travel together, and of course are always keen to hit the world's ice rinks. He has previously performed in a cruise ship's skating troupe.

Carlotta Edwards

Age: 29

From: Canada

Celebrity partner: Richard Blackwood

Carlotta may be new to the line-up, but she'll feel right at home joining alongside her husband, Alexander Demetriou. The pair share a YouTube channel where they document their world travels through their cruise ship work.

Dancing On Ice returns to ITV in January 2019.

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