Strictly star Danny John-Jules was in a classic Wham! video with George Michael

8 September 2018, 15:02

Danny John Jules / George Michael
Picture: CBS/YouTube

By Tom Eames

You may know Danny John-Jules for roles in Red Dwarf and Death in Paradise, but he's been in the entertainment world for many years.

The actor is one of the latest stars to have signed up for Strictly Come Dancing in 2018, and there's a good reason for that.

The 57-year-old worked as a dancer for several years before finding fame as The Cat in sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf in 1988.

Danny John Jules
Picture: BBC

Before then, one of his first gigs was as a dancer in the music video for Wham!'s 'The Edge of Heaven'.

Watch the video below and keep an eye out for Danny around the 3-minute mark, when George Michael pulls him out of the crowd:

Here he is in full flow:

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Before his TV and film work, Danny was a dancer in various West End productions, including the original cast of Starlight Express, playing a boxcar called Rocky I.

He also supplied the voice for two characters in the David Bowie musical Labyrinth, as well as the 1986 version of Little Shop of Horrors, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and Blade II.

Danny also played one of the dancers in the 1981 movie The Great Muppet Caper, among the dancers in the restaurant where Kermit and Miss Piggy are dancing.

He has also played Barrington in Maid Marian and Her Merry Men, Byron Lucifer in The Tomorrow People and Milton Wordsworth in The Story Makers.

And we can't forget the time The Cat performed a whole dance routine to 'Tongue Tied' in Red Dwarf, which was later a Top 20 chart hit!

Danny is married to Petula Langlais, and they have two children, Danté and Danaè, both of whom have had minor acting roles alongside their father.

Meet all the other Strictly stars:

- Ashley Roberts
- Charles Venn
- Danny John-Jules
- Faye Tozer
- Graeme Swann
- Joe Sugg
- Kate Silverton
- Katie Piper
- Lauren Steadman
- Lee Ryan
- Dr Ranj Singh
- Seann Walsh
- Stacey Dooley
- Susannah Constantine
- Vick Hope