Strictly Come Dancing winners — can you remember them all?

Strictly Come Dancing winners Jill Halfpenny dancing at Blackpool
Strictly Come Dancing winners — can you name them all? (Image credit: PA Archive/PA Images)

It doesn’t matter if you’re a TV presenter, a cricketer, a soap star or a singer, all you need is some determination and a love of all things sparkly if you want to join the list of Strictly Come Dancing winners. 

Former Coronation Street star Ellie Leach was crowned the winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2023 after competing against fellow soap favourite Bobby Brazier.

Last year, Hamza Yassin was the favorite to win the competition, and he did just that after wowing week after week on the dancefloor with his dance partner Jowita Przystal.

Although, if we’re honest, it also helps if you don't have two left feet... maybe if you really can't dance you'd be better off joining the list of I'm A Celebrity winners, instead!

While most of the contestants sign up for the show purely for the joy that being on Strictly brings, rather than to further their career, we’ve done some digging to find out what happens to winners after the glitter’s worn off and the fake tan’s faded…

Here's a complete list of all the Strictly Come Dancing winners... 

Ellie Leach — 2023

Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola holding the Strictly Come Dancing glitterball trophy.

Ellie Leach lifted the glitterball trophy. (Image credit: BBC/Guy Levy)

Ex Coronation Street star Ellie Leach won Strictly Come Dancing 2023 alongside her professional partner Vito Coppola.

She was a part of the youngest trio of finalists to ever compete, with Ellie beating EastEnders star Bobby Brazier and actor Layton Williams for the glitterball trophy.

Despite having a wobble with their final lift in their show dance, Ellie came out victorious after performing three show-stopping dances.

Reacting to their win, Ellie said she "genuinely cannot believe this" and added it was the first time she had seen Vito cry.

She said: "For once, he's crying more than me." Turning to her dance partner, she added: "This is for you."

Vito, who won the competition for the first time, gushed that Ellie was a "diamond" who had made him "so proud."

He told her: "You have been so amazing, you are Strictly, you represent Strictly."

Hamza Yassin — 2022

Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal lifting the glitterball trophy in the Strictly Come Dancing final 2022

Hamza Yassin won the 2022 show. (Image credit: BBC)

Strictly Come Dancing 2022 fans fell in love with Hamza, hailing him as a 'living sunbeam' as he showed off his fancy footwork on the ballroom. The final saw the wildlife cameraman compete against actor Molly Rainford, singer Fleur East and TV star Helen Skelton.

The TV host became known for his daring lifts throughout the series and it all paid off as he ended up lifting the glitterball trophy after winning the final.

"Words can't describe how I feel. I want to thank one person in particular. Jowita — you are an angel disguised in a human being," he said after his win.

Rose Ayling-Ellis — 2021

Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni with the Glitterball trophy

Rose and Giovanni were the 2021 winners. (Image credit: BBC/Kieron McCarron)

Strictly Come Dancing 2021 will go down in Strictly history as having some of the highest scorning dances on the show... and the final saw the now ex EastEnders star Rose and her professional partner Giovanni take on John and Johannes after AJ and Kai were forced to bow out of the show after AJ sustained a foot injury

In the end, it was Rose and Giovanni who won the glitterball trophy after wowing the nation with their amazing couple's choice dance, which will go down in Strictly history for raising awareness for the deaf community after featuring a pause in the music. The groundbreaking pair went from strength to strength each week, and it was their incredible friendship and teamwork that won them the Strictly 2021 crown.

Bill Bailey — 2020

Bill Bailey Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing 2020 saw Bill Bailey crowned winner (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC / Guy Levy)

The 2020 edition saw some amazing dancers show off their fancy footwork as always, but it was comedian Bill BaileyEastEnders star Maisie Smith, pop star HRVY and Made In Chelsea favorite Jamie Laing who made it to the final.

However, there can only be one winner and while everyone danced their socks off, it was Bill and his dance partner Oti Mabuse who lifted that coveted glitter ball trophy. Now he's done with dancing (for now!), he's back doing comedy, music, drawing, and a whole host of other creative things.

It was probably the biggest shock in the show's history, as Bill had all but been written off at the start of the series.

Kelvin Fletcher — 2019

Kelvin Fletcher Strictly Come Dancing

Latecomer Kelvin wowed the crowds every week (Picture: BBC)

He might have been a last-minute addition to the series, but former Emmerdale star Kelvin certainly made up for any lost time by proving he was a force to be reckoned with on the dance floor.

Kelvin and his dance partner Oti Mabuse wowed the judges week after week with their amazing dances, and it seemed there was nothing that Kelvin couldn't do when it came to fancy footwork.

They were the favorites to lift the glitterball trophy and they did just that in December 2019. So that was two victories for Oti Mabuse!

Stacey Dooley — 2018

Stacey Dooley on Strictly Come Dancing

Stacey lifted the glitter ball trophy in 2018 (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC)

Stacey Dooley and her dance partner Kevin Clifton beat favourite Joe Sugg to be crowned the Strictly Come Dancing champions in 2018.

The pair had stiff competition in the final. Not only did Joe give them a run for their money, but so did Ashley Roberts and Faye Tozer who were also both strong contenders for the trophy.

Joe McFadden — 2017

Who’ll be taking home the glitterball in this year’s final?

Holby favourite Joe proved he could dance as well as act in 2017 (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC/Guy Levy)

2017 glitter ball champion Joe was partnered with Katya Jones, beating former Emmerdale actress Gemma Atkinson and Debbie McGee to be crowned champion.

The former Holby City actor then went on to tread the boards in theatre production The House on Cold Hill, before returning to Holby for a guest stint.

Ore Oduba — 2016

ore oduba

Bruno told Ore his Argentine tango with Joanne was "mesmerising" (Picture: BBC/Guy Levy) (Image credit: BBC/Guy Levy)

After being partnered with professional dancer Joanne Clifton, television and radio presenter Ore made it to the Strictly final, where he had to fight stiff competition like Louise Redknapp and ex Hollyoaks star Danny Mac to win the glitterball trophy.

He has since gone back to presenting, appearing on shows like And They’re Off on BBC1, Hardball and he covered the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Jay McGuiness — 2015

Jay McGuiness

Jay won Strictly Come Dancing in 2015 (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC/Guy Levy)

The Wanted boy band member took a real journey throughout his time on Strictly, starting off as the underdog and quickly flourishing into the best dancer of the series.

He quickstepped his way to victory with partner Aliona Vilani before swapping Strictly for a musical show called Big The Musical. He also won Celebrity Haunted.

Caroline Flack — 2014

Caroline Flack Strictly Come Dancing BBC One

Caroline got perfect scores in the 2014 series (Picture: Getty) (Image credit: Getty Images)

Caroline and partner Pasha Kovalev left judges speechless with their three perfect scores of 40 in the final in 2014.

After enjoying her time on Strictly, Caroline then went back to presenting Saturday night TV where she hosted The X Factor alongside Olly Murs, before launching a successful career presenting ITV2 reality show Love Island before sadly passing away in 2020.

Abbey Clancy — 2013

Abbey Clancy Strictly

Abbey wowed the judges with her elegance in 2013 (Picture: Getty) (Image credit: WireImage)

Abbey went from being known as a model and football WAG to becoming one of Strictly’s most popular dancers during her stint on the show in 2013 with partner Aljaz Skorjanec.

After her time in the competition, she went back to Britain’s Next Top Model as a host, the show that had launched her career nine years earlier. She’s now a mum with a successful modeling career.

Louis Smith — 2012

Louis Smith Strictly Come Dancing

Louis put his gymnastic abilities to good use on the Strictly dance floor (Picture: Getty) (Image credit: Getty Images)

Gymnast Louis won Strictly with professional partner Flavia Cacace shortly after competing in London’s Olympic Games where he won a silver medal.

After the dance show, he went back to competing and training for the Rio Olympics in 2016 where he won another silver medal for the pommel horse.

Harry Judd — 2011

McFly star Harry Judd knows how to rock - but can he jive?

Harry Judd showed off his fancy footwork in 2011 (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC)

Harry tangoed his way to victory with partner Aliona Vilani in 2011 after scoring perfect 10s from the judges.

Since his time on the show he has married his long-term partner Izzy and become a dad. He has also returned to his boyband roots and enjoyed success in the music industry once again when McFly joined forces with Busted, creating supergroup McBusted.

Kara Tointon — 2010

Kara Tointon Strictly

Kara swept the board with great scores in 2010 (Picture: Getty) (Image credit: WireImage)

A year after leaving her role on EastEnders, Kara joined the world of Strictly with partner Artem Chingvintsev. The actress has enjoyed a jam-packed career since lifting the glitter ball trophy with successes on both stage and television.

Just some of her most notable roles include Eliza Doolittle in the West End production of Pygmalion, Rosalie in ITV’s Sunday night drama Mr Selfridge and she also trod the boards in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

Chris Hollins — 2009

Chris Hollins Strictly

Chris Hollins was the surprise winner of 2009 (Picture: Getty) (Image credit: Getty Images)

BBC presenter Chris Hollins was the surprise winner of 2009 as he danced his way to victory with partner Ola Jordan.

After the show he returned to his job at the BBC, and has enjoyed various presenting jobs including The One Show, Watchdog, Cash In The Attic, and Secret Britain.

Tom Chambers — 2008

Tom Chambers dances his way to the title!

Tom Chambers danced his way to the title in 2008 (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC)

Ever since winning with partner Camilla Dallerup, Holby City and Casualty star Tom has definitely got a taste for performing on the dance floor.

Not only has he returned for Strictly Christmas specials, but he’s made a career out of dancing in Top Hat, which toured the UK before finishing with a run in London’s West End. He has also been seen as Inspector Sullivan in Father Brown.

Alesha Dixon — 2007

Alesha Dixon

Alesha went from being a Strictly winner to a judge (Picture: Getty) (Image credit: UK Press via Getty Images)

After being partnered with Matthew Cutler, Alesha famously went from being a contestant on the show to sitting on the judges panel just two series later after taking over from former judge Arlene Phillips.

But her post-Strictly success doesn’t end there. Alesha then jumped ship to ITV and joined the judging panel of Britain’s Got Talent in 2012 where she has been working ever since.

Mark Ramprakash — 2006

Mark Ramprakash Strictly

Mark Ramprakash was the dark horse of the series in 2006 (Picture: PA) (Image credit: PA)

Another cricketer to catch the big prize was Mark Ramprakash, who was teamed up with professional dancer Karen Hardy.

Mark also went back to his cricket career after the show, and retired from the sport in 2012. He has been commentating recently for the BBC cricket team.

Darren Gough — 2005

Darren Gough

The judges were wowed by Darren Gough and his partner Lilia Kopylova in 2005 (Picture: PA) (Image credit: PA)

Darren, who was partnered with Lilia Kopylova, wasn’t the judges favourite to win after they put him in last place during the final behind Zoe Ball and Colin Jackson. But the voting public disagreed and crowned him winner.

Darren went back to his cricket career after winning the show, and retired in 2008. He then went on to become the face of supermarket chain Costcutter, regularly appearing in their TV adverts, and even became a brand ambassador of Collier’s Cheddar in 2010, making celebrity appearances at the International Cheese Awards.

Jill Halfpenny — 2004

Jill Halfpenny Strictly

Jill Halfpenny was the second celebrity to win Strictly Come Dancing (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC)

After the success of the first series, the BBC decided to air a second series of Strictly in the autumn of the same year, which is now the regular slot for the annual show.

Jill, who danced with Darren Bennett, went down in Strictly history as the first person to be awarded a perfect 40 score from the judges. The former EastEnders actress has enjoyed a hugely successful TV career since Strictly with roles in shows like Three Girls, Ordinary Lies, In the Club, Waterloo Road and The Holiday.

Natasha Kaplinsky — 2004

Natasha Kaplinsky and her Strictly Come Dancing partner Brendan Cole

Natasha Kaplinsky and her partner Brendan Cole won the first ever series of Strictly Come Dancing (Picture: PA) (Image credit: PA)

The first ever series of Strictly hit our screens in spring 2004 and ran between May and July before moving to its famous autumn slot as we now know it.

Natasha, who was partnered with Brendan Cole, was a well-known BBC newsreader, and since doing Strictly she has had two children and now has a successful career doing TV presenting work for ITV.

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.