Strictly Come Dancing star Gorka Marquez: Age, partner and more facts

23 August 2018, 16:57 | Updated: 8 September 2018, 16:24

Gorka Marquez
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By Tom Eames

Strictly Come Dancing is back for its 16th series in 2018!

Strictly Come Dancing 2018: Who's taking part?

Gorka Marquez is one of the many returning professional dancers, and here is a handy guide to the talented star.

  1. Who is Gorka Marquez?

    Gorka Marquez is a Spanish dancer and choreographer, who is best known as a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing.

    He has also appeared on the popular live dance show, Burn the Floor.

    Gorka began dancing at the age of 12, and represented Spain at the World Latin Championships in 2010. He also reached the semi-finals of the 2012 WDSF World Cup.

    He joined Strictly in 2016, but was eliminated in 14th place after partnering EastEnders star Tameka Empson. In 2017, he was a runner-up with partner Alexandra Burke.

  2. Gorka Marquez partner: Is he married?

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    Gorka Marquez is currently dating actress Gemma Atkinson, having met on Strictly in 2017.

    This marked the first time the show produced a romantic relationship between a couple who were not dance partners at the time.

    Gorka later told New! magazine: "I would love to have my own family. I love kids. Hopefully one day I'll become a husband and a dad."

    The professional dancer previously split with his fiancee Lauren Sheridan in 2017, on the same night he suffered an assault in Blackpool, which left him with two broken teeth.

  3. Gorka Marquez age: How old is he?

    Gorka was born on September 4, 1990.

    He celebrates his 28th birthday in 2018.

Meet all the Strictly professional dancers:

- AJ Pritchard
- Alijaz Skorjanec
- Amy Dowden
- Anton du Beke
- Dianne Buswell
- Giovanni Pernice
- Gorka Marquez
- Graziano di Prima
- Janette Manrara
- Johannes Radebe
- Karen Clifton
- Katya Jones
- Kevin Clifton
- Luba Mushtuk
- Nadiya Bychkova
- Neil Jones
- Oti Mabuse
- Pasha Kovalev