Strictly Come Dancing 2021: All The Winners From Past Series

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  • Bill Bailey
    Bill Bailey
    English comedian, musician and actor
  • Natasha Kaplinsky
    English newsreader and reporter

The curtain is about to come down on another series of Strictly Come Dancing.

A year after Bill Bailey triumphed in the 2020 final – bagging Oti Mabuse her second consecutive Strictly win – Rose Ayling-Ellis and John Whaite will be battling it out in the final in the hope of lifting the Glitterball trophy.

But as another Strictly season comes to an end, how many past champions from years gone by can you remember?

Previous winners already in the Strictly hall of fame included soap actors, TV personalities, Olympic athletes and pop stars, and you can check out all 18 of them below:

Natasha Kaplinsky 2004

Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole (Photo: BBC)
Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole (Photo: BBC)

Newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky was the first star to ever triumph in the inaugural series of Strictly Come Dancing, alongside partner Brendan Cole.

Back in 2004, there were just seven competitors to beat, with the competition lasting just seven weeks – a walk in the park compared to what today’s stars are put through.

Having obviously proved a hit with Strictly viewers, Natasha was later chosen to cover for regular presenter Tess Daly, when she went on maternity leave.

Jill Halfpenny 2004

(Photo: PA/PA Archive)
(Photo: PA/PA Archive)

Clearly sensing they were onto a winner, the BBC decided to kickstart the second series of Strictly just three months after Natasha Kaplinsky’s victory, taking up a spot in the Saturday night schedule in the latter half of the year where it has remained ever since.

Jill Halfpenny was crowned winner second time around, along with her partner, Darren Bennet.

Darren Gough 2005

(Photo: Michael Boyd/PA Archive)
(Photo: Michael Boyd/PA Archive)

Darren became the first male celebrity to triumph in the Strictly Come Dancing final in 2005, beating Colin Jackson and eventual It Takes Two presenter Zoe Ball in the process.

He was paired with Lilia Kopylova, who remained with Strictly until 2009.

Mark Ramprakash 2006

(Photo: David Davies/PA Archive)
(Photo: David Davies/PA Archive)

Cricket player Mark Ramprakash took home the Glitterball trophy in 2006.

In the above picture, he can be seen performing with his professional partner, Karen Hardy, at the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year Awards, a year after his victory.

Alesha Dixon 2007

(Photo: BBC)
(Photo: BBC)

Strictly helped breathe new life into Alesha’s career, with the singer and professional partner Matthew Cutler eventually being crowned winners in 2007.

Alesha’s smash hit solo single The Boy Does Nothing followed soon after, not to mention a spot on the Strictly judging panel... until Simon Cowell decided to snare her for Britain’s Got Talent, that is.

Tom Chambers 2008

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(Photo: Mark Cuthbert via Getty Images)

Holby City actor Tom Chambers’ public profile skyrocketed after he and his professional partner, Camilla Dallerup, were crowned winners of the sixth series.

They beat TV presenter Lisa Snowdon and Some Girls singer Rachel Stevens in the live final, back in 2008.

Chris Hollins 2009

Ola Jordan and Chris Hollins (Photo: Mark Campbell/Shutterstock)
Ola Jordan and Chris Hollins (Photo: Mark Campbell/Shutterstock)

After four years with Strictly, Ola Jordan finally got her first (and only) win when she teamed up with BBC Breakfast star Chris Hollins in 2009.

It wasn’t an easy road to victory for the pair, with fellow finalists Ricky Whittle and Ali Bastian putting up quite a fight throughout the competition.

Kara Tointon 2010

(Photo: Rowan Miles/PA Archive)
(Photo: Rowan Miles/PA Archive)

It was a double win for Kara and Artem Chigvintsev back in 2010.

Not only did they take home the Glitterball trophy that year, they also announced they were dating shortly afterwards.

Harry Judd 2011

(Photo: David Jones/PA Archive)
(Photo: David Jones/PA Archive)

Harry Judd’s time on Strictly truly was a marvellous time for television, wasn’t it? The McFy drummer won with his partner Aliona Vilani in 2011.

Louis Smith 2012

(Photo: Georgie Gillard/Associated Newspapers/REX)
(Photo: Georgie Gillard/Associated Newspapers/REX)

The 10th series was won by Olympian Louis Smith and his professional partner, Flavia Cacace.

By 2012, Strictly was really proving to be a threat to X Factor in the Saturday night ratings, with Louis’ triumph over Denise Van Outen and Kimberley Walsh proving to be even more of a talking point than James Arthur’s win that same year.

Abbey Clancy 2013

(Photo: PA Archive)
(Photo: PA Archive)

In the first ever all-female Strictly final, Abbey beat Susanna Reid, Natalie Gumede and Sophie Ellis-Bextor to the Glitterball trophy.

Abbey’s win was particularly impressive as it marked her professional partner Aljaž Škorjanec’s first year on the show.

Caroline Flack 2014

(Photo: BBC)
(Photo: BBC)

The late Caroline Flack took part in the competition less than a year after leaving X Factor spin-off show, The Xtra Factor, in a move that got a lot of people talking at the time.

Shortly after her win, Simon Cowell snagged her to host the main show, alongside Olly Murs, with Caroline eventually getting her most iconic presenting job to date the following year when Love Island opened its doors.

Jay McGuiness 2015

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(Photo: Dave J Hogan via Getty Images)

The Wanted singer Jay was a true dark horse in 2015′s series of Strictly, only really coming to the forefront when he performed his iconic Pulp Fiction-inspired Jive.

His win made history when his partner Aliona Vilani became the first Strictly pro to win the show twice. Following her win, she decided not to return to the show the following year.

Ore Oduba 2016

(Photo: BBC)
(Photo: BBC)

All signs pointed to Danny Mac being crowned Strictly champ in 2016, but Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton surprised everyone with their fantastic showdance and ended up being crowned that year’s winners.

Like Aliona before her, Joanne made the decision to leave Strictly after her win, and went on to carve a new career for herself in musical theatre.

Joe McFadden 2017

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(Photo: Christopher Furlong via Getty Images)

After getting Ed Balls further in the competition than anyone could have predicted, Katya Jones helped Joe McFadden take home the Glitterball trophy the following year.

Katya has since been responsible for some of Strictly’s most famous modern pairings, including being part of the show’s first same-sex couple with Nicola Adams and her infamous partnership with Seann Walsh.

Stacey Dooley 2018

(Photo: BBC)
(Photo: BBC)

Stacey’s 2018 victory felt as much like a win for her professional partner Kevin Clifton as it did for her, as he’d previously made the Strictly final on four separate occasions.

Shortly after their win, the pair confirmed tabloid reports that they were an item, and have been together ever since.

Kelvin Fletcher 2019

(Photo: BBC)
(Photo: BBC)

The former Emmerdale actor was crowned victor in 2019, when he finally managed to give fan favourite Oti Mabuse her first of two consecutive wins.

Kelvin wasn’t actually supposed to have been on the line-up that year, as he was brought in as a last-minute replacement for Jamie Laing, who had to withdraw due to injury. Unconfirmed reports have suggested the soap star was in the process of signing up for ITV rival Dancing On Ice, but backed out when Strictly came calling.

Bill Bailey 2020

Oti Mabuse and Bill Bailey on the Strictly dance floor last year (Photo: BBC / Guy Levy)
Oti Mabuse and Bill Bailey on the Strictly dance floor last year (Photo: BBC / Guy Levy)

No one could have predicted when Strictly got going in 2020 that Bill Bailey would earn Oti her second win in a row – but he truly charmed everyone as the weeks went on.

Bill’s win came at the end of an especially tough year following the Covid-19 pandemic, and helped put a smile on our faces after a long stretch of international turmoil.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to our screens on Saturday 18 September on BBC One.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.

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