Who is Jamie Laing? Strictly Come Dancing 2019 contestant and Made in Chelsea star

No stranger to reality TV, Made in Chelsea's Jamie Laing will be donning sequins for sambas

Jamie Laing (Getty)

When is Jamie Laing not on our screens? When it comes to reality TV, he really has done it all, from Hunted to First Dates, with a cameo in Hollyoaks along the way. So it was only a matter of time before he took to the Strictly dance floor…

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Here is everything you need to know about Jamie Laing, one of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing contestants:

Who is Jamie Laing?

Jamie made it big when he became one of the wealthy London socialites to star in E4’s reality show Made in Chelsea. Jamie, who has featured on the series for eight years, must have visited every brunch spot and watering hole in the SW postcode by now…

The Strictly Come Dancing contestant is currently rumoured to be dating fellow Made in Chelsea star Sophie Habboo but the coupling has caused a fallout with his best friend Sam Thompson who also happens to be Sophie’s ex-boyfriend.

Jamie was recently linked to the show’s 20-year-old socialite Heloise Agostinelli (known as Ell), the daughter of an American billionaire.

KEY FACTS

Age: 30

Twitter: @JamieLaing_UK

Instagram: @JamieLaing

YouTube Channel: Jamie Laing’s Happy Hour

What is Jamie Laing known for? Jamie appears on E4’s reality show Made in Chelsea.

What other TV shows has Jamie Laing appeared on?

Beyond the tumultuous drama of life in London’s richest borough, Jamie has made a name for himself on other reality shows. The star competed alongside fellow Made in Chelsea star Spencer Matthews in Channel 4’s Celebrity Hunted, in which celebrities must go on the run from intelligence services. The pair came second place when they were eventually tracked down by the Hunters to a luxury B&B.

You may also have seen Jamie on Channel 4’s First Dates (you can see him squirming in the video below), and he’s appeared on Celebrity Bake Off where he was hailed for creating the worst cake of all time (although the judges were yet to see James Acaster’s effort). Let’s hope that Jamie’s a better dancer than he is baker.

Aside from the world of reality TV, he made a cameo appearance on Channel 4’s popular soap Hollyoaks, playing a doctor back in 2017.

Who is Jamie Laing related to?

The reality star came into fortune via the humble Digestive biscuit. The star’s great-great-grandfather was the founder of the popular biscuit brand McVitie’s, although the firm was sold to a group of financial investors in 2000.

Does Jamie Laing have dance experience?

Laing actually studied contemporary dance while he studied at Leeds University.

“When it came to finally enrolling in my course, people had already picked what they wanted to do and the only thing that was left was contemporary dance,” he said on The Greatest Dancer podcast earlier this year.

“So for the whole first year I had to do contemporary dance.”

“All of my friends were sitting in the front row and they were all laughing at me and I thought ‘this sucks’, so my experience of dance has been skewed a bit by that.

“It was the worst thing in the world, I’d wake up every day and think ‘why have I done this’.

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What is Jamie Laing’s Candy Kittens business?

In 2012 Laing launched his own confectionary brand (clearly it runs in the family), Candy Kittens. You may have spotted them in shops – after starting out in the back of a renovated van, Candy Kittens is now a thriving business with stockists including Waitrose, Topshop, and Selfridges.