Strictly Come Dancing 2015: Katie Derham

The BBC Proms presenter is a classical music buff — but is she also a virtuoso when it comes to rhythm?

Name: Katie Derham

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Age: 45

Twitter: @thekatiederham

Famous for: Presenting the BBC Proms on BBC2 and as TV’s go-to classical music expert

Bio: In 1998, aged 27, Katie joined ITV as a newsreader, making her the youngest newscaster on British national TV, before jumping ship to the BBC in 2010. As well as her BBC Proms coverage, the Cheshire-born journalist has hosted the Classic Brit Awards and presents BBC Radio 3’s Afternoon On Three. 

Strictly isn’t Katie’s first reality show; she was also a contestant in BBC2’s Maestro, a series that saw celebrities try their hand at conducting. Incidentally, Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood took part in the same show, but they appeared in different series.

Here’s Katie learning to conduct an orchestra for the first time on Maestro…

Dancer Robin Windsor and former Strictly contestants Alex Jones, Russell Grant and Deborah Meaden will be reflecting on their time on the dance floor at Radio Times Festival on Sunday 27th September. We have 20 pairs of tickets to give away. Click here to be in with a chance of winning and you can buy tickets here.

Sir Bruce Forsyth will also be sharing anecdotes and taking questions about his eight decades on stage and screen on Sunday 27th December. For more information and tickets, click here.

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