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Meet Matt Richardson – Rufus Hound's Dancing on Ice replacement and comedian

Everything you need to know about Matt Richardson – the comedian who replaced Rufus Hound on Dancing on Ice.

Matt Richardson
Published: Thursday, 4th February 2021 at 2:19 pm

Matt Richardson became the fourth contestant to be eliminated from Dancing on Ice, after finding himself in the skate off with Olympian Colin Jackson.


His time on the 13th series of the ITV skating show was short but sweet, after he was drafted in at the last minute to fill in for Rufus Hound.

Hound left the show following a positive coronavirus result, and is currently isolating.

On Sunday, February 7th, Richardson made his DoI debut alongside his professional skating partner Vicky Ogden.

The duo performed a dance style routine to Somebody Told Me, however, unfortunately it wasn't enough to get them to the next show as the judges decided to keep Jackson in the competition.

Richardson was the second celebrity to join the competition at a later stage after Olympian Amy Tinkler – the replacement for Denise Van Outen who pulled out last week due to a shoulder injury.

Here's everything you need to know about him and his time on Dancing on Ice.

Who is Matt Richardson?

Matt Richardson

Age: 29

Instagram: @mattrichardson3

Twitter: @MattRichardson3

Job: Comedian and broadcaster

Stand-up comedian Matt Richardson is best known for presenting ITV2's The Extra Factor with Caroline Flack in 2013, before joining Virgin Radio UK as their drive time presenter in 2016.

He began his stand-up career at the age of 18, getting to the finals of So You Think You're Funny and the Chortle Student Comedian of the Year in 2010.

He has since appeared on Big Brother's Bit on the Side, hosted Celebrity Haunted Hotel Live with Christine Lampard, Just Tattoo of Us: The Aftermath and E4's The Hangover Games with Ken Cheng.

What has Matt Richardson scored so far?

Matt Richardson scored 23.5 points for his first skate.

What has Matt Richardson said about joining Dancing on Ice?

Announcing the news on Instagram, Matt wrote: "Very excited to be stepping into @dancingonice with @vickyogden – can't wait to get out there and try and keep up!"

He also shared the news on Twitter, writing: "Please get your app out and vote vote vote. Now to find out if they'll let me use one of those penguins."

In the run-up to this weekend's show, Matt gave fans a glimpse at him in rehearsals, writing: "Is that... is that Christopher Dean? No, just me guys being so amazing. This is good enough to be on the show in three days, right?"


Dancing on Ice continues on Sunday at 6pm. Find out who else is taking part with our Dancing on Ice 2021 line-up guide. If you’re looking for something to watch tonight, check out our TV Guide.


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