Who is Ore Oduba, who is The One Show presenter’s wife Portia, what TV shows does he host and when did he win Strictly?


ORE Oduba is never far from the TV screen – whether he is presenting The One Show or handling athletics coverage, the likeable lad knows his way around the small screen.

But what else is he known for, is he married and what is he currently working on? Here’s the lowdown…

 Strictly Come Dancing champion Ore Oduba proudly showing off his trophy

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Strictly Come Dancing champion Ore Oduba proudly showing off his trophy

Where is Ore Oduba from and how old is he?

Ore was born in November 1986 to Nigerian parents and was raised with his brother and two sisters in Dorset.

He was privately educated and went on to study Sports Science and Social Science at Loughborough University, graduating in 2008.

From then he dived straight into broadcasting and hasn’t looked back since.

Ore had always aspired to have a career in sports broadcasting and joined Newsround in 2008 as a reporter and breakfast bulletin presenter before being promoted to deputy presenter the following year.

As part of his role he also presented Sportsround until it was cancelled in 2010 and he left Newsround in 2014.

He presents sports bulletins for BBC Breakfast and Radio 5 Live and has also hosted Match of the Day: Kickabout, Claimed and Shamed and the Commonwealth and Youth Games.

Most recently, he was a prominent part of the BBC’s coverage of the athletic World Championships.

 Ore and his wife Portia

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Ore and his wife Portia

Since his glorious victory on Strictly, Ore has taken up occasional presenting stints both on ITV’s This Morning and BBC’s The One Show.

He has appeared on ITV show Play to the Whistle, as well as the newly revamped Top Gear – although his appearance descended into chaos when he lost control of the car on the Top Gear track.

Is Ore Oduba married?

Ore met girlfriend Portia in 2010 at an event at his university and he proposed to her in 2014.

They married in November 2015, and he has since admitted that he cried with happiness all through the day.

In an exclusive interview with The Sun, Ore revealed that Portia was completely backing him in the show, even though some couples dread the infamous Strictly curse.

At the 2017 TV BAFTAs, Ore was pictured holding hands with Irish presenter Laura as he helped her back to her hotel.

The pair went on to share sweet Instagram posts about “being dance floor buddies for life” as they struck a flashy dance pose at the event.

In August 2017, Ore announced that wife Portia is pregnant with their first child.

He’s likely to become a father in early 2018.

What happened to Ore on Strictly 2016?

Ore became a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing 2016 and was paired with professional dancer Karen.

And the waterworks from his wedding were turned back on as he revealed he got emotional when he got the call to say he was on the show.

After pulling off three stunning dance routines in the final, Ore sobbed as he was crowned the winner of Strictly Come Dancing.

While thousands of delighted fans took to social media to congratulate the Strictly winner, some accused the BBC of fixing the show by over-marking one of their own presenters.

Ore Oduba dances to Singing in the Rain on the Strictly final


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