Who is David James? Meet the Strictly Come Dancing 2019 contestant and footballer

The class of 2019 is being revealed – find out more about one of this year’s amateur dancers.

It’s that time of year again – Strictly Come Dancing’s celebrity cast for the coming series is being announced.

Find out more about one of the Glitterball Trophy contenders, David James.

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Revealed as a Strictly contestant: David was the first contestant of the 2019 series to be revealed when he appeared on The One Show on July 31.

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Age: 49

Occupation: Former footballer

Best known for: David was the number one choice goalkeeper for the England team, picked first for Euro 2004 and the 2010 World Cup, and boasting 53 caps for his country.

At club level, he won the FA Cup with Portsmouth in the 2007-8 season, and the League Cup with Liverpool in 1994-5.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Our first signing of the #Strictly 2019 season is footballing @England legend David James! ⚽️ @jamo1dj

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David’s other clubs have included Aston Villa, West Ham, Manchester City, and Watford.

He also holds the Premier League record for the most clean sheets, at 173.

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Since retiring in 2013, David has worked as a pundit for the BBC and BT Sport, and outside of football has worked as a model for Giorgio Armani and H&M, is a keen artist, and illustrated the children’s book Harry’s Magic Pockets: The Circus.

In 2012, David was awarded an MBE for his services to football and charity.

He said: "I'm really excited to be on Strictly this year. Not just competing against this year's stars, but being compared to previous sport stars from previous Strictly seasons. I have some big shoes to fill, #LetsGetLive."

Strictly partner: Nadiya Bychkova

Instagram: @jamo1dj

Meet the Strictly 2019 celebrity lineup

Jamie Laing

Jamie Laing - OUT

Dev Griffin

Dev Griffin

Emma Weymouth - Strictly Come Dancing

Emma Weymouth

Saffron Barker - Strictly Come Dancing

Saffron Barker

Mike Bushell - Strictly Come Dancing

Mike Bushell

James Cracknell - Strictly Come Dancing

James Cracknell

Michelle Visage

Michelle Visage

David James

David James

Alex Scott

Alex Scott

Emma Barton

Emma Barton

Will Bayley

Will Bayley

Anneka Rice

Anneka Rice

Karim Zeroual

Karim Zeroual

Catherine Tyldesley

Catherine Tyldesley

Chris Ramsey

Chris Ramsey

Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly

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Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One for series 17 on September 21 at 7pm.

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