Who is Strictly Come Dancing star Dr Ranj Singh?

20 October 2018, 18:57 | Updated: 20 October 2018, 19:06

Dr Ranj
Picture: BBC

By Tom Eames

Dr Ranj Singh is one of the stars to have signed up for Strictly Come Dancing in 2018.

Strictly Come Dancing 2018: Who is taking part?

But who is the medical professional and what is he famous for? Here are all the important facts...

  1. Who is Dr Ranj Singh?

    Ranj Singh and Ashley Roberts
    Ranj Singh and Ashley Roberts. Picture: Getty

    Full name Ranjit Singh, Dr Ranj was born in Medway, Kent. He is from a Sikh family, with his parents coming from Punjab, India.

    He is an NHS clinician, and trained in London before working in several renowned hospitals. He specialises in children’s health, and is a member of The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

  2. How old is Dr Ranj Singh?

    Dr Ranj was born on June 26, 1979.

    He celebrated his 39th birthday in 2018.

  3. Is Dr Ranj Singh gay?

    Dr Ranj was previously married to a woman in his 20s, but the pair divorced and not long after he began identifying as gay.

    He told Attitude magazine in 2015 that it was "something he was still working on", and that he didn't feel comfortable coming out until later in his life.

    He said: "It happened relatively late, at the age of 30, and it was following a divorce. I was starting to realise that the life I had hoped and longed for wasn’t right for me and everything seemed to unravel.

    "I found the whole process really painful because at the time it felt like my world was crashing down and I didn’t know myself anymore."

  4. What TV shows is Dr Ranj Singh famous for?

    Dr Ranj Singh
    Picture: ITV

    From 2012 to 2015, Singh presented Get Well Soon on CBeebies.

    He currently stars on ITV's This Morning as a resident doctor. On July 20 2018, he guest presented the show, alongside Vanessa Feltz.

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