Where is BGT winner George Sampson now?

21 September 2019, 14:31

George Sampson in 2008
George Sampson in 2008. Picture: ITV

By Tom Eames

George Sampson won a legion of fans in 2008, when he became the second winner of Britain's Got Talent thanks to his spirited dance routines.

Then aged just 14, he became an overnight star, helped by his famous (and rather wet) routine set to the tune of 'Singin' in the Rain'.

11 years later, and George is finally back on the BGT stage, trying out for BGT: The Champions. But what has he been up to in recent years?

  1. Who is George Sampson?

    George is an English street dancer, TV presenter, singer, and actor.

    He won the second series of Britain's Got Talent in 2008 at the age of 14.

    He had come top in the TV audience's vote in his semi-final, with his arrangement of Mint Royale's remix of 'Singin' in the Rain'. He then won the audience's vote in the final, beating dance duo Signature.

    The Mint Royale track went to number 1 in the UK on download sales alone in the week after Sampson's performance.

  2. What has he done since BGT?

    In the immediate months after winning the show, George appeared in West End shows, released a number 30 hit single, and released a number of dance DVDs.

    In 2009, he and Simon Cowell ceased their working relationship. He also appeared in the film Streetdance 3D alongside dance groups Diversity and Flawless.

    He launched an acting career in 2011, appearing in the TV drama Waterloo Road as student Kyle. He has also appeared in Casualty, Emmerdale and several pantos.

  3. Can he still dance?

    Sampson suffers from a condition called Scheuermann's disease, which affects developing bones in children and teenagers, and can cause a curvature of the spine.

    "There's no way I'd ever give up dancing. Nothing would stop me," he once said.

    He returned to dancing on BGT: The Champions in 2009.

  4. How old is George Sampson?

    George was born on June 19, 1993.

    He celebrated his 26th birthday in 2019.

  5. Who is George Sampson's girlfriend?

    In December 2015, Sampson met actress and dancer Lauren Grice at The Fleet pantomime, Aladdin.

    The couple have been in a relationship ever since, and he now lives in London with Grice.