Strictly Come Dancing star Pasha Kovalev: What is his age, is he married to Rachel Riley and more facts

13 October 2018, 17:36 | Updated: 13 October 2018, 17:46

Pasha Kovalev
Picture: BBC

By Tom Eames

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

Strictly Come Dancing 2018: Who's taking part?

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

  1. Who is Pasha Kovalev?

    Pasha Kovalev is a Russian professional Latin and ballroom dancer.

    He started dancing at the age of eight, and in 2001 moved to the US with his professional dance partner Anya Garnis.

    In 2007, the couple competed on the third season of the US reality show So You Think You Can Dance, and have since participated in eight more seasons as either choreographers or 'All-Star' partners.

    In 2011, Kovalev moved to the UK to star in Strictly Come Dancing as a professional dancer. After finishing runner-up on both the ninth and tenth series, he won series 12 with partner Caroline Flack.

  2. Pasha Kovalev age: How old is he?

    Pasha Kovalev was born on January 19, 1980. He celebrated his 38th birthday in 2018.

    Pasha was raised by his mother and grew up with his brother.

  3. Pasha Kovalev wife: Who is he in a relationship with?

    Pasha Kovalev and Rachel Riley
    Pasha Kovalev and Rachel Riley. Picture: Getty

    Pasha Kovalev and professional partner Anya Garnis started dating as teenagers in the late 1990s, and in 2001 they moved to the US together.

    He has been dating his former Strictly celebrity partner and Countdown star Rachel Riley since 2014, and they now live together in London.

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