Strictly Come Dancing 2019: Who is David James?

21 September 2019, 16:00 | Updated: 21 September 2019, 16:06

Strictly Come Dancing 2019: David James
Strictly Come Dancing 2019: David James. Picture: BBC

By Rory O'Connor

Strictly Come Dancing is back once again for another thrilling series in 2019. But who is celebrity contestant David James?

  1. Who is David James?

    David is a former goalkeeper who started off at Watford FC, before hitting the Premier League for Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham United, Manchester City and Portsmouth.

    He soon became first choice for the England squad, playing in the UEFA Euro 2004 and 2010 World Cup and amassing 53 caps for his country.

    The Strictly contestant was awarded an MBE in 2012 for his services to football and charity. Just a year later he hung up his football boots for good, finishing his career at Icelandic club IBV.

  2. Where is David James from?

    David was born in Welwyn Garden City, England.

  3. How old is David James?

    David is 49-years-old, turning 50 in August 2020.

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David James will be swapping his goalie gloves for the dancefloor for the 2019 series, and here's all the main info you need to know about the sportsman:

  1. Who is David James?

    David James is an English former footballer, who played as a goalkeeper for England.

    He is fourth on the list of all-time Premier League appearances, having played in 572 matches. He was capped 53 times by England between 1997 and 2010.

  2. Who is David James's wife and how many children does he have?

    David has four children with his ex-wife Tanya, whom he divorced in 2005.

    He now lives in Chudleigh, Devon with his partner, Amanda Salmon.

  3. How old is David James?

    David was born on August 1, 1970. He celebrated his 49th birthday in 2019.

    He was born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.

  4. How tall is David James?

    David James was made an MBE in 2012
    David James was made an MBE in 2012. Picture: Getty

    David stands at 1.94 m (6 ft 4 1⁄2 in) tall.

  5. What has David James said about Strictly Come Dancing?

    David said: "I’m really excited to be on Strictly this year.

    "Not just competing against this year's stars, but being compared to previous sport stars from previous Strictly seasons. I have some big shoes to fill.

    "My current level of dance ability on a scale from one to 10? It's not on the scale yet."

Strictly Come Dancing 2019: David James
Strictly Come Dancing 2019: David James. Picture: BBC

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- 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