Strictly Come Dancing has returned to our screens for its 21st series as a group of much-loved celebrities took to the famous dance floor for the first time on the weekend.
The BBC hit dance competition first started in 2004 and over the years viewers have seen hundreds of stars impress the judges and fans in hopes of taking home the Glitterball Trophy.
But only 20 of those celebs have ever got their hands on the famous trophy. Here is a full list of each winner and their pro partners from first ever champion, Natasha Kaplinsky back in 2004, to reigning Strictly champ Hamza.
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Wildlife cameraman Hamza Yassin won last year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing with his dance partner Jowita Przystał, who has won the Glitterball for the first time she had a celebrity partner.
Eastenders actor Rose Ayling-Ellis was the first deaf contestant to perform on Strictly and ended up winning the series with dance partner Giovanni Pernice.
The pair scored 40 for their tango in week six, which was the earliest “perfect score” in the show’s history. The duo stunned the audience again in week eight during their couple’s choice dance which featured a period of silence – included as a tribute to the deaf community.
Comedian Bill Bailey became the 18th and oldest contestant to win Strictly, taking the Glitter Ball Trophy with dance partner Oti Mabuse last December.
At the time, discussing his success on the show, he said: “It makes me smile to have confounded people’s expectations”.
Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher and partner Oti Mabuse won the competition in 2019. The soap star immediately impressed with possibly the greatest opening samba in the history of the show, after being brought in to replace reality TV star Jamie Laing, who had to withdraw with a foot injury.
Investigative journalist Stacey Dooley won series 16 of Strictly with dance partner, and now boyfriend, Kevin Clifton. The couple are still together now and recently welcomed their first child, Minnie, in January 2023.
Actor Joe McFadden and partner Katya Jones became the 15th winners of Strictly in 2017, the first series with Shirley Ballas as head judge in place of Len Goodman.
Sports presenter Ore Oduba and pro dancer Joanne Clifton won series 14. After lifting the trophy in tears, he called the competition “the most incredible experience of my life”.
The Wanted singer said at the end of the series: “It’s been one of the most special things I’ve done and with the most special person.”
TV presenter Caroline Flack and dance partner Pasha Kovalev won series 12 of the competition, the first without Sir Bruce Forsyth. Commenting on her showdance, Darcey Bussell said: “That was like watching a beautiful contemporary ballet for me, and you’d be in my company any day”.
Model Abbey Clancy became the 11th winner of Strictly in 2013, alongside partner Aljaz Skorjanec. Despite having started the series with no formal dance training, her confidence and abilities quickly grew.
Gymnast Louis Smith took home the Strictly Glitterball with his partner Flavia Cacace beat singer Kimberley Walsh and presenter Denise Van Outen in the final, making the most of his athleticism to pull off some impressive moves.
McFly drummer Harry Judd and his partner Aliona Vilani defeated actors Chelsee Healey and Jason Donovan in the last round of series nine.
Since the show wrapped Judd hit the dancefloor again for Strictly specials in 2012 and 2015, winning the latter with Joanne Clifton.
He has also appeared on Celebrity Juice, The Million Pound Drop Live and Celebrity The Chase, and published a book, Get Fit Get Happy.
Actor Kara Tointon won series eight with her dance partner Artem Chigvintsev, beating TV presenter Matt Baker in the final. A consistent performer, she scored the highest mark for eight out of the 13 dance styles on the show that year.
Journalist Chris Hollins and his partner Ola Jordan were the champions in 2009 – a series initially overshadowed by the contentious decision to replace Arlene Phillips on the judging panel.
Actor Tom Chambers won the sixth series of Strictly with partner Camilla Dallerup, marking the pro dancer’s final appearance in the competition.After winning, he told Dallerup: “Tonight really is about you, because you actually deserve this more than anybody I can think of.”
Former Mis-Teeq singer Alesha Dixon won Strictly in 2007 alongside partner Matthew Cutler, finishing just two points ahead of actor Matt Di Angelo in a tightly contested final.
Mark Ramprakash won the fourth series with partner Karen Hardy. They notably became the first couple to restart a routine after a wardrobe malfunction left Ramprakash’s microphone tangled in Hardy’s dress during a salsa.
Cricketer Darren Gough was the first man to win the competition, with pro dancer Lilia Kopylova. Although he never came top of the judges’ leaderboard, he managed to defeat athlete Colin Jackson and presenter Zoë Ball in the final.
Actor Jill Halfpenny won the second series of Strictly alongside partner Darren Bennett when the show returned in the autumn of 2004.
She was the first celebrity in the competition’s history to achieve a perfect score of 40, for a jive in the final. Bruno Tonioli said of her: “Jill is a cracker of a performer. She doesn’t just dance. She explodes on the dancefloor!”
Newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky was the first celebrity to ever take the Strictly crown, with partner Brendan Cole.
She received the highest mark for eight of the ten dances featured in the series and eventually finished 39 points ahead of the other finalist, actor Christopher Parker. Arlene Phillips said of her: “You are the coolest, the hottest, you are a Strictly Come Dancing ballroom star”.
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