Stacey Dooley: Her career, net worth, personal life, Strictly Come Dancing and more unknown facts

27 October 2018, 16:12 | Updated: 27 October 2018, 16:16

Stacey Dooley
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Stacey Dooley has been announced as a contestant in this year’s new series of Strictly Come Dancing.

She is best known for her documentary series Stacey Dooley Investigates, but now Stacey will be swapping her bullet-proof vest for sequins and heels as she embarks on her Strictly journey. Here we have all the answers to the questions you're asking about the journalist.

  1. Stacey Dooley age: How old is Stacey Dooley?

    Stacey Dooley was born on 9th March 1987. She celebrated her 31st birthday earlier this year.

  2. Her childhood & early life: Where did she grow up?

    Stacey grew up in Luton, Bedfordshire. Before becoming a journalist, she worked at Luton Airport as a shop assistant.

  3. Her career: How did she rise to fame?

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    A young Stacey Dooley on Blood, Sweat, and T-Shirts. Picture: PA Images

    She was first seen on-screen in a TV series called Blood, Sweat, and T-Shirts in 2008. It was Stacey’s love of high-street fashion that landed her a place on the show. She explored the slum factories and backstreet workshops of India to learn of the poor working conditions of the child labourers in the fashion industry.

    From this, she gained her own documentary series Stacey Dooley Investigates, where she has explored and exposed current issues affecting young people in underdeveloped countries.

  4. Stacey on Strictly Come Dancing: Her journey so far


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    Stacey is one of the many stars to take part in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. Take a look at all the other contestants here.

    When asked who she wanted to be paired up with she confessed: “I want…I feel awful saying it because if I don’t get him, I’ll have the hump! But I want Kevin.”

    We'll have to wait until the launch show on Saturday September 8 to see if her wish has been granted.

  5. Stacey Dooley boyfriend: Who is she dating?

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    Although Stacey is very private about her personal life and relationships, we know that she is currently dating boyfriend Sam Tucknott.

    The 24-year-old personal trainer has been on the scene for over two years. Stacey will surely be making use of his personal trainer expertise in her dancing preparations for Strictly.

  6. Stacey is also a published author: What is her book?

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    On the Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back was released in early 2018 and is Stacey Dooley’s first book.

    In the book, now a Sunday Times Bestseller, Stacey recounts her experiences with the brave and resilient women living and working in “extraordinary and scarily ordinary circumstances – from sex workers in Russia, to victims of domestic violence in Honduras.”

  7. Stacey Dooley MBE: When did she get the Royal seal of approval?

    Stacey was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty the Queen earlier this year for her services to broadcasting.

    In an article written by Stacey, she revealed: “I owe my MBE to my mum and all the women who inspire me”.

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