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Strictly 2021: Who is Dan Walker and is he married?

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Who’s Dan Walker, where have you seen him before and does he have a wife? (Picture: BBC )

Dan Walker and dance partner Nadiya Bychkova have been doing well on Strictly Come Dancing 2021 so far.

The delightfully-blonde duo are gearing up for a lobster-themed week six jive – after giving the cha-cha, Viennese waltz and foxtrot a go.

Ballroom dancing is certainly a departure for Dan – who most of us know as one BBC Breakfast’s main presenters, alongside the show’s newest star Sally Nugent.

But we’re sure the journalist’s gained a host of new fans, many of whom will be wondering about his off-screen partnership.

Here, we’ll see what Dan has revealed about his home life, whether or not he’s married – and where else you might recognise him from.

Let’s take a closer look.

Who is Strictly’s Dan Walker?

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Dan Walker has swapped the newsroom for the ballroom (Picture: BBC)

Dan Walker is a 44-year-old TV presenter and journalist. He was born in Sussex in 1977.

He attended the University of Sheffield to study History, before going on to achieve a Masters in Journalism Studies in 1999.

Before he joined the BBC, Dan’s career kicked off as a radio journalist, covering sports in Sheffield and Manchester – before appearing as a commentator on local TV programmes.

It wasn’t until 2009 that Dan was hired to present Football Focus on BBC One – a role he held for 12 years, before stepping aside in 2021.

Football Focus coincided with BBC Breakfast, which Dan joined as a lead presenter in 2016, replacing Bill Turnbull.

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Sally Nugent will join Dan on BBC Breakfast as a regular presenter (Picture: BBC)

He’s been on the show for five years now – where he mostly worked with co-host Louise Minchin.

In September 2021, Louise decided to leave breakfast telly and have a lie-in or two – and it was announced in October that Dan’s new permanent co-presenter would be journalist Sally Nugent.

Is Dan Walker married and does he have children?

In addition to a busy career of morning programmes and Strictly rehearsals, Dan is also a family man.

He has a wife, Sarah Walker, and together they have three children: Jessica, Joe and Susie.

Dan’s ‘adorable’ family recently made a surprise appearance on Strictly – in one of the behind-the-scenes VTs of Dan’s dance rehearsals, much to the delight of fans.

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Off to see Dad ‘at the office’? Dan’s kids visited Strictly earlier this month (Picture: BBC)

It’s believed Dan and Sarah met in Sheffield during their studies, and have been together since 1999.

They married in 2001, meaning 2021 is their 20th wedding anniversary. Incredible.

Though Dan often works in London, the Walkers currently live in the city of Sheffield.

And they aren’t too worried about the so-called Strictly curse, with Dan recently saying: ‘I’ve never had that conversation with my wife, and I don’t think I’ll need to!’

The pair are still smitten after two decades together, with Dan gushing on camera after his Viennese waltz on October 23: ‘[Sarah’s] one of those people the more you know her, the more you love her, and I’ve known her and loved her for over half my life.’

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Sarah Walker seen supporting Dan on Strictly Come Dancing (Picture: BBC)

Dan’s dance partner, Ukrainian-Slovenian dancer Nadiya Bychkova, is also happily in a relationship.

She’s engaged to Slovenian footballer fiancé Matija Skarabot. They’ve been an item since at least 2016, and have a young daughter together named Mila.

Credit: Original article published here.

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