Who is Lee Ryan? Strictly star and Blue singer's age, children, songs and more facts

7 October 2018, 13:39 | Updated: 7 October 2018, 13:41

Lee Ryan
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By Tom Eames

Lee Ryan is one of the latest stars to have signed up for Strictly Come Dancing in 2018.

Strictly Come Dancing 2018: Who's taking part?

But what is Lee Ryan best known for? Here is a handy guide to the former Blue singer...

  1. Lee Ryan age: How old is he?

    Lee Ryan and Susannah Constantine
    Lee Ryan and Susannah Constantine. Picture: Getty

    Lee Ryan was born on June 17, 1983.

    He celebrated his 35th birthday in 2018.

    He was born in Chatham, Kent. His parents split up when he was six years old, and he mostly lived with his mother, sister Gemma and his grandmother.

  2. Lee Ryan songs: What are his most well-known tracks?

    In 2000, Lee Ryan started his career with boyband Blue, alongside Simon Webbe, Antony Costa and Duncan James.

    Blue were one of the biggest boybands of the 2000s, and sold over 14 million records worldwide. Their most famous songs include 'All Rise', 'Guilty' (co-written by Gary Barlow), 'Too Close' and 'If You Come Back'.

    They also had a number one with Sir Elton John on a cover of 'Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word', and teamed up with Stevie Wonder on 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours'.

    Lee has released one solo album, his self-titled debut in 2005. The album reached number 6, and featured the singles 'Army of Lovers', 'Turn You Car Around' and 'When I Think of You'.

    He also recorded a stripped back cover of 'Best of You' by Foo Fighters:

  3. Lee Ryan children and family: How many kids does he have?

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    Lee has two children: daughter Bluebell and son Rayn.

    Bluebell was born in 2007. Her mother is Lee's ex-partner Jessica Keevil.

    Lee’s son Rayn was born a year later in 2008, after Lee had a relationship with Samantha Miller.

    Lee has also been engaged twice: firstly to Atomic Kitten's Liz McClarnon in 2003, and Samantha Miller in 2008. However, both relationships ended before the wedding.

  4. Who did Lee Ryan play in EastEnders?

    In 2017, Lee joined cast of EastEnders as barman Woody Woodward.

    He later received a 2017 Inside Soap Award nomination for Best Newcomer, but eventually left the show in June 2018.

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