Meet Darren Harriott: Dancing on Ice 2023 contestant and comedian
It's not the first time Darren has appeared on a TV dancing competition.
With this year's new season of Dancing on Ice now well underway, the group is getting smaller and we're getting ever closer to finding our winner for 2023.
One of eleven celebrities who have been taking part this series is Darren Harriott, who has been skating alongside his professional partner Tippy Packard, who is a three-time Hong Kong figure skating champion.
He recently found himself in the skate-off but avoided elimination, meaning this week he'll be giving it his all to impress the judges Ashley Banjo, Oti Mabuse, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.
Want to know more Harriott and his background as a comedian? Here's all you need to know before he takes to the ice once again.
Who is Darren Harriott?
Paired with: Tippy Packard
Harriott is a comedian who has toured around the UK with two stand-up shows, Visceral and Good Heart Yute, as well as appearing on TV in shows like Live at the Apollo, The Last Leg, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Mock the Week.
In 2021, he presented Dave’s travelogue series British as Folk along with fellow comedians Ivo Graham and Fern Brady, and the following year he brought plenty of laughs as a regular panellist on Love Island’s weekly spin-off show Aftersun.
It's not the first time that Harriott has taken part in a TV dance competition: last year, he was one of 10 celebrities to feature on The Real Dirty Dancing, performing iconic scenes from the movie.
He also hosts the podcast Shame Is Delicious with comedian Eshaan Akbar, which sees the pair explore the concept of shame with a series of special guests.
What has Darren Harriott said about joining Dancing on Ice 2023?
When he announced that he’d be appearing on the show, Harriott made light of his dancing abilities, joking to Talk TV host Trisha Goddard: “I’ve got giant feet, I don’t skate and I can’t dance!”
He also revealed that his family had already started “making bets that I’ll fall on the first episode”. There’s nothing like support from your nearest and dearest.
Posting on Instagram earlier this month though, Harriott seemed to be feeling more confident in “team Dippy” (aka Darren and Tippy).
“Let’s go!!!!!!!!! Me & @tippyroo_2the_rescue are ready and very excited!” he wrote.
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