Len Goodman Biography
Len Goodman is an English professional ballroom dancer, dance judge, and coach who is mostly known as a judge on Dancing With the Stars.
Goodman has appeared as a head judge on the television dance programs like Strictly Come Dancing.
Strictly Come Dancing is a program where various celebs each partnered with professional dancers compete for the glitterball trophy. He was a judge from 2004 to 2016.
He has also been a judge on Dancing with the Stars since 2005. Goodman runs a ballroom dance school in Dartford, Kent.
Len Goodman Age
Goodman was born on 25 April 1944 in Bethnal Green, London, England. He is 75 years old as of 2019.
Len Goodman Wife
Goodman is married to Sue Barrett. He married Sue on 30 December 2012 in a small ceremony at a London dining club Mosimann’s. She is a dance teacher and she had been his companion for over ten years.
He had previously been married to his dancing partner Cherry Kingston but their marriage ended in a divorce.
Goodman also had a long-term relationship with a woman named Lesley who, he wrote, “decided to give up nursing and live with me and help me run the dance school – which was great because she was full of ideas. Things rolled along pretty nicely for a year until out of the blue Lesley dropped a bombshell. She was pregnant!”
Goodman wrote that ” Lesley, he wrote, was the ex-wife of “a bloke called Wilf Pine who had managed the band Black Sabbath. Lesley and Wilf got married in Connecticut….”
Goodman and Lesley’s son, James William Goodman, was born 26 January 1981. At the age of twelve, their son moved with his mother back to her native Isle of Wight after Lesley and Goodman broke up.
Their son teaches Latin and ballroom dancing at his father’s Goodman Dance Centre as of 2012.
Len Goodman Dancing Career
Goodman began his career at the of 19, after a short time as an apprentice welder for Harland and Wolff in Woolwich.
He later turned professional and won various competitions, and retired from dancing after winning the British Championships at Blackpool in his late twenties.
He is a recipient of the Carl Alan Award, in recognition of outstanding contributions to dance. Also, in 2006 and 2007, a show in which Goodman appeared was nominated for the Emmy Award in the Outstanding Reality/Competition Program category.
Len Goodman Strictly Come Dancing
Strictly Come Dancing began in the UK in 2004. Goodman appeared as head judge on the dance competition for BBC One, in all series of the show and until the 2016 series.
He appeared on the panel with Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli, and Craig Revel Horwood. However, in July 2016, he announced that he would be leaving the show at the end of that year’s series.
Goodman’s final appearance was on the Christmas Day Special. He was succeeded by Shirley Ballas as head judge.
Len Goodman Dancing with the Stars
Goodman has been the head judge on Dancing with the Stars since 2005. He has appeared in all seasons of the program together with Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and, since 2014, Julianne Hough.
He had left the show for season 21, but returned the following season.
Len Goodman Radio/ Television Work
Goodman has been presenting a Sunday evening music show on BBC Radio 2 during Paul O’Grady’s weeks off since 2013.
He plays music that he grew up with, mostly of an easy nature together with spoken memories of his young life and family.
From 30 March to 9 April 2012, Goodman hosted a three-part BBC One documentary that was broadcast in the United States by PBS. The documentary was for the 100th anniversary of the voyage and sinking of the RMS Titanic.
It capitalized on his experience as a welder at Harland and Wolff. He interviewed descendants of survivors and introduced viewers to memorials and significant sites in the United Kingdom.
Goodman presented the BBC Four program Len Goodman’s Dance Band Days in 2013. He also hosted Len Goodman’s Perfect Christmas on Boxing Day on BBC One.
He was of a number of well-known faces taking part in ITV’s two-part documentary series Secrets from the Clink in August 2014.
In 2017, Goodman presented a family game show called Partners in Rhyme, based on Matt Edmondson’s game, Obama Llama.
Len Goodman Net Worth
Goodman has a net worth of $12 million.
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