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20 September 2019, 17:03 | Updated: 20 September 2019, 17:11
Strictly Come Dancing is back once again for another thrilling series in 2019.
Gorka Marquez is one of the many returning professional dancers, and here is a handy guide to the talented star:
Gorka Marquez is a Spanish dancer and choreographer, who is best known as a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing.
He has also appeared on the popular live dance show, Burn the Floor.
Gorka began dancing at the age of 12, and represented Spain at the World Latin Championships in 2010. He also reached the semi-finals of the 2012 WDSF World Cup.
He joined Strictly in 2016, but was eliminated in 14th place after partnering EastEnders star Tameka Empson. In 2017, he was a runner-up with partner Alexandra Burke.
He will sadly not have a celebrity dance partner in 2019, but will still appear in group performances and will act as a stand-in.
Gorka Marquez is with actress Gemma Atkinson, having met on Strictly in 2017.
This marked the first time the show produced a romantic relationship between a couple who were not dance partners at the time.
Gorka later told New! magazine: "I would love to have my own family. I love kids. Hopefully one day I'll become a husband and a dad."
He got his wish in 2019, when Gemma announced they were having their first child together.
The professional dancer previously split with his fiancee Lauren Sheridan in 2017, on the same night he suffered an assault in Blackpool, which left him with two broken teeth.
Gorka was born on September 4, 1990.
He celebrates his 29th birthday in 2019.
Gorka stands at 5' 6" (1.68 m) tall.
- 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