Award-winning ballroom dancer and teacher turned head judge for BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. Len also loves his cricket.
Len Goodman moved to Blackfen when he was six years old and attended Westwood Secondary Modern School where he was a member of the cricket team. After a brief stint as an apprentice welder, Len began dancing at the age of nineteen.
He soon turned professional and won various competitions. He retired from dancing after winning the British Championships at Blackpool in his late twenties.
Goodman is a recipient of the Carl Alan Award, in recognition of outstanding contributions to dance and, in 2006 and 2007, was nominated for the Emmy Award in the Outstanding Reality/Competition Program category.
Strictly Come Dancing
Since the popular dance competition, Strictly Come Dancing, began in the UK on BBC One in 2004, Len Goodman has appeared as head judge in all series of the show.
Goodman was also the head judge on Strictly Come Dancing’s American adaptation Dancing with the Stars, appearing in all series of the programme since 2005 with Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and, since 2014, Julianne Hough.
Documentaries & Presenting Roles
From 30 March to 9 April 2015 Len hosted a three-part BBC One documentary that was broadcast in the United States by PBS for the 100th anniversary of the voyage and sinking of the RMS Titanic.
In 2013, he presented the BBC Four programme Len Goodman’s Dance Band Days and hosted Len Goodman’s Perfect Christmas on Boxing Day on BBC One.
In November and December 2013, along with Lucy Worsley, Len presented the BBC Four 3-part show Dancing Cheek to Cheek.
In November 2015, Len and chef Ainsley Harriott presented the BBC show Len and Ainsley’s Big Food Adventure, a 10-part series exploring world cuisine in England and Wales.
Len Goodman has featured in advertisements for food emporium Farm Foods with his catchphrase “It gets a ten from Len”.