Who is Danny John-Jules? Meet the Strictly Come Dancing 2018 contestant and Red Dwarf star

The Cat is getting sequinned up for the ballroom dancing contest.

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

Revealed as a Strictly contestant: Danny John-Jules was confirmed as the first male celebrity in Strictly 2018’s line-up on The One Show on Monday, August 13.

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Age: 57

Occupation: Actor


Best known for: Danny’s most memorable role is as Cat on the sitcom Red Dwarf, where he also plays his character’s nerdy alter ego Duane Dibbley.


He will also be recognisable to viewers as Death in Paradise policeman Dwayne Myers.

Danny has previously appeared in Maid Marian and her Merry Men, The Tomorrow People, and CBBC series M.I. High.

He has previously danced in 2017’s The Real Full Monty, in a scene in The Great Muppet Caper, and in a Wham! video.


The actor has frequently amazed Strictly audiences with his speed, flexibility and skill, particularly as one of the contest's older dancers, and in week five he became the first celebrity to score a 10 from the judges.

However, his final week in Strictly was a tough one after tablod reports that he had left partner Amy Dowden in tears over stormy rows.

Danny strongly denied the rumours with an angry tweet and Amy said that while there had been a minor fallout, it had blown over quickly.




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He said: "Having spent the last few months on two wheels motorcycling around South America in pink leathers, I’m absolutely delighted to be getting back on two feet and into something more comfortable like glittery spandex."

Strictly partner: Amy Dowden

Weekly dances and scores:


Week 1 - Foxtrot to the Top Cat theme - 27


Week 2 - Cha Cha to Beggin' by Madcon - 28

Week 3 - Paso Doble to The Greatest Show from The Greatest Showman - 28

Week 4 - Viennese Waltz to I've Gotta Be Me by Sammy Davis Jr - 27

Week 5 - Jive to Flip, Flop and Fly by Ellis Hall - 37

Week 6 - American Smooth to Spirit in the Sky by Doctor and the Medics - 30


Week 7 - Quickstep to Freedom by Pharrell Williams - 22

Week 8 - Samba to Feels Like Home by Sigala - 27

Placed: Danny left the competition in week eight, the seventh celebrity to be voted out. He placed ninth. He had a controversial week before leaving, following reports of the alleged rows with partner Amy Dowden.

Strictly Come Dancing will return to BBC One in September.


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