Strictly Come Dancing 2019: Who is Mike Bushell?

21 September 2019, 16:00 | Updated: 21 September 2019, 16:01

Strictly Come Dancing 2019 contestant: Mike Bushell
Strictly Come Dancing 2019 contestant: Mike Bushell. Picture: BBC

By Rory O'Connor

Strictly Come Dancing is back once again for another thrilling series in 2019.

  1. Who is Mike Bushell?

    Mike is a BBC Breakfast presenter, and now a Strictly Come Dancing contestant for the 2019 series.

    As a sports presenter, Mike claims to have tried out 550 different sports.

    The host also went viral after falling while broadcasting live on air from a swimming pool.

  2. Where is Mike Bushell from?

    Mike spent his teenage years in Yorkshire after growing up in Hertfordshire. In 1977, Mike’s family moved to Harrogate where he attended Granby High School.

  3. How old is Mike Bushell?

    The sports presenter is 53-years-old, turning 54 in December 2019.

Strictly Come Dancing 2019: Meet all the celebs taking part

Strictly Come Dancing 2019 contestant: Mike Bushell
Strictly Come Dancing 2019 contestant: Mike Bushell. Picture: BBC
  1. Who is Mike Bushell and how did he start his career in TV?

    Mike had a passion for acting which saw him join the National Youth Theatre and prompted him to study theatre and television at university.

    While studying in Winchester he began working at a local newspaper, kickstarting the journalism career that he’s sustained to this present day.

    In 2006 he joined BBC Breakfast and has reported from global events all across the world.

  2. Is Mike Bushell married and does he have any children?

    Mike has three daughters from his first marriage which ended in 2009.

    In May 2019 he married Emily, a marketing executive, whom he met in a neighbouring village.

  3. What has Mike Bushell said about Strictly Come Dancing?

    Mike said: "Being on Breakfast I am used to being seen to and touched up. My hair needs regular taming, Bushell by name Bushell by nature!"

Mike Bushell (far left) with his fellow BBC Breakfast presenters
Mike Bushell (far left) with his fellow BBC Breakfast presenters. Picture: BBC

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