Who is Saffron Barker? Meet the Strictly Come Dancing 2019 contestant and social media star

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, Saffron Barker.

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Revealed as a Strictly contestant: Saffron was the fourth Strictly 2019 contestant to be announced, on Heart Radio’s Breakfast Show on August 1.

Age: 19

Occupation: Social media star

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Best known for: If you’re not particularly well-versed on your YouTubers, you may be scratching your head about who Saffron is.

The teen is known for her YouTube channel which has 15 million views a month, and if fellow YouTuber Joe Sugg’s success in 2018 is anything to go by, she could clean up in the public vote.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Swapping You Tube for dancing shoes. Social media star @SaffronBarker is now subscribing to #Strictly! 🎬

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Saffron’s social media work has led to her publishing a Sunday Times number one bestseller, Saffron Barker Vs Real Life, and she’s designed three homeware ranges for Primark.

Her fitness is also up to scratch for Strictly as she completed the London Marathon earlier this year for Dementia Revolution.

She said: “I am really excited to go on the Strictly journey and am feeling very grateful for the opportunity! I’m looking forward to learning all of the dances, finding out who my partner is, getting to wear the costumes and to just experience this once in a lifetime opportunity.”

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Strictly partner: Aj Pritchard

Instagram: @SaffronBarker

Memorable moments: To all but her social media fans, Saffron was very much the unknown celebrity of this series - but even those viewers who didn't have a clue who she was back in September were won over by her partnership with AJ.

The couple managed some leaderboard-topping dances, with particularly memorable routines including their Waltz, Foxtrot, and Couple's Choice: Contemporary.

For a contestant met with cries of "who?" when the line-up was announced, Saffron did incredibly well and threw herself into every performance with a strong work ethic.

Placed: Saffron was voted out in week 10 after landing in the dance off against Karim Zeroual, who had been at the top of the leaderboard that week. She was the ninth person voted out, and placed sixth overall.

 

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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