Strictly Come Dancing 2013: Deborah Meaden

The multi-millionairess is best known for her seven fiery years appearing on Dragons' Den


Name: Deborah Meaden


Age: 54

Famour for: Making her millions in leisure and retail before investing her bucks on Dragons’ Den

Twitter: @DeborahMeaden

“It’s an amazing opportunity and I would not be able to live with myself if I didn’t do it. I thought I would absolutely regret this more than anything if I didn’t take part.”

Bio: After leaving school at 16, Deborah worked for while as a model in the sales room at a fashion house. 

She made her millions well before we ever got to know her as one of the Den’s fieriest Dragons, using her business nous at a young age to launch her own glass and ceramics export company before setting up a number of successful businesses in the leisure and retail sector.

But it was in 2003 that she first became a household name, joining fellow Dragons Peter Jones, Duncan Bannatyne, Theo Paphitis and Richard Fairleigh for the show’s third series. Dragon by name and often by nature in the Den, Deborah’s stern eye has been cast over many a business plan and she’s invested more than £2m during her time on the show. 

She’s already busted some moves on television for Let’s Dance for Comic Relief but has admitted to being “atrocious” at ballroom dancing when she did it at school – “I was looking at the boys more than anything else”.

See Deborah in action in the latest series of Dragons’ Den: 

Read’s recent interview with Deborah for the new series of Dragons’ Den


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