Dancing on Ice 2019 contestants: Ryan Sidebottom
Known for: being a former England international cricketer
Professional dance partner: Carlotta Edwards
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Why is Ryan Sidebottom famous?
Cricket fans will know Yorkshireman Sidebottom as a left-arm fast-medium bowler, one who took over 1,000 wickets before retiring in 2017. As well as playing for his home county, Sidebottom became an England star, playing 22 international tests and winning the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 with the team.
He also has a, shall we say, interesting nickname: “Sexual Chocolate” – apparently a reference to a wig in 1988 film Coming To America. Well, we’re hoping that’s where it comes from, anyway. Another moniker is “Stringfellow” after commentator Henry Blofeld repeatedly confused him with nightclub owner Peter Stringfellow.
Since retiring in February 2017, Sidebottom has been running a cricket academy and foundation and working as a bowling consultant for Surrey.
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Exciting times and proud as punch to be part of this amazing show @dancingonice… Already made some amazing new friends @brianmcfadden123 @jamesjordan1978 @gemmacollins1 @iamsairakhan @realjanedanson and can’t wait to get started on the live shows. Please support me and @justbrandee my fabulous partner in crime ❄️⛸
“I’m immensely excited,” Sidebottom said about his upcoming appearance on ITV. “It’s obviously something totally different, massively out of my comfort zone.
“I’m just going to enjoy the ride, I don’t take myself too seriously. I’m going to embrace it, enjoy it, and have a laugh and a giggle along the way.”