Who is Kevin Clifton? Strictly Come Dancing 2017 professional dancer and husband of fellow pro Karen

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KEVIN Clifton has become a firm favourite due to his dazzling and personality on Strictly Come Dancing over the years.

So who is Kevin, whose sister Joanne and wife Karen have also competed on the BBC dancing show as professionals? Here’s his story…

 Kevin is partner on the dance floor as well as at home to wife Karen

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Kevin is partner on the dance floor as well as at home to wife Karen

Who is Kevin Clifton?

Kevin Clifton is a 34-year-old professional ballroom dancer who is most known for his work with the Strictly team.

Born and raised in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, the star’s mother, father and sister are also all pro dancers.

His sister Joanne stars alongside him on Strictly – and their sibling competitive spirit has driven the pair to both make the finals throughout their tenure on the show.

In 2016, Joanne and her partner Ore Oduba beat Kevin and his partner Louise Redknapp in the final.

Since joining the show, Kevin has never failed to reach the finals but has also never taken home the trophy – making him the only professional to achieve reaching four grand finals in a row.

During his time on the BBC favourite, he has partnered with Susanna Reid, Frankie Bridge,Kellie Bright and finally Louise.

 Kevin stars on Strictly alongside his sister and wife, Joanne and Karen

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Kevin stars on Strictly alongside his sister and wife, Joanne and Karen

Who is Kevin Clifton married to?

Kevin tied the knot with Karen Hauer – another Strictly professional – in July 2015, after meeting in New York while working.

He proposed to her on her birthday on stage as they starred in a touring production of Burn The Floor.

After the pair got married, Karen decided to take on her husband’s last name professionally, and is now known as Karen Clifton.

The couple revealed all about their relationship during a game of ITV’s All Star Mr and Mrs for charity.

 Kevin and Karen fell in love on the ballroom floor

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Kevin and Karen fell in love on the ballroom floor

Describing his wife as a “nut case”, Kevin said: “We have such a good laugh together all the time.

“My life wouldn’t be what it is today if it wasn’t for Karen. She’s perfect. She’s always been my best friend.”

He was previously married to Clare Craze, but the pair split in 2010 after a three-year marriage.

In 2017 Kevin and Karen went on tour together for the first time, and the dates went ahead despite the fact an injury left Kevin unable to walk properly.

The loved-up Strictly pair told the tale of their romance through dance in solo show Kevin and Karen Dance.

When is Strictly Come Dancing 2017 on and who are the judges?

Strictly Come Dancing launched on September 9 on BBC One, with the live shows kicking off on September 23.

Strictly always airs on BBC One in two parts. The main show is on Saturday normally around 7pm and the results show airs on Sunday at a similar time.

There will be a Christmas special again in 2017, with the celebrity participants expected to be announced in early November.

This year sees a new judging lineup after head judge Len Goodman retired.

He will be replaced by Shirley Ballas who joins returning judges Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel-Horwood on the panel.

There will be three new professional dancers joining the existing pros; Dianne Buswell, Amy Dowden and Nadiya Bychkova.

Louise Redknapp and Kevin Clifton perform their showdance to One Moment in Time

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