Who is Saffron Barker? Meet the Strictly 2019 contestant and YouTube star

1 November 2019, 14:11 | Updated: 7 November 2019, 09:47

Meet Strictly 2019 contestant and YouTube star, Saffron Barker
Meet Strictly 2019 contestant and YouTube star, Saffron Barker. Picture: BBC / Instagram

By Emma Clarke

Following in the footsteps of fellow vlogger Joe Sugg, YouTuber Saffron Barker is taking on the cha cha cha in this year's Strictly Come Dancing contest.

Earlier this year, it was announced that YouTuber Saffron Barker would be joining the Strictly 2019 line-up, along with the likes of Anneka Rice, Kelvin Fletcher and Corrie star Catherine Tyldesley.

But who is Saffron, how old is she and what has she said about taking part in this year's dancing competition? Here's everything you need to know...

Who is Saffron Barker and how old is she?

Those of you over the age of 25 might not recognise Saffron, but the 19-year-old beauty and lifestyle vlogger is a huge internet sensation - with over 4million YouTube subscribers across her various channels.

She also has an impressive 1.3million followers on Instagram.

Saffron's biggest videos include the time she ate nothing but black food, when she swapped diets with her kid cousin, and when she surprised her ex-boyfriend by waiting in his hot tub.

What are Saffron's social handles?

You can subscribe to Saffron's YouTube channel here, and follow her on the 'Gram @saffronbarker.

Who is Saffron partnered up with on Strictly Come Dancing?

Saffron is one lucky lady, as she has been paired with Strictly professional, AJ Pritchard.

Not only is AJ fantastic on his feet, he has a good track record of going a long way in the dancing contest, having previously been paired with The Saturdays' Mollie King, Paralympian Lauren Steadman and British gymnast Claudia Fragapane.

Does Saffron Barker have a boyfriend?

Speaking to Ashley Roberts on Smooth's sister station Heart, Saffron revealed she was "very" single and wasn't currently dating.

However, she didn't rule out the prospect of finding love on the BBC One show: “You know what, I haven’t even really thought about that. I think I’m just so focused.

“Obviously I want to meet my partner and have the best time and everything else. But I’m just so focused on working hard and I haven’t even really thought about it.”

As AJ has recently gone official with his girlfriend Abbie Quinnen, we're hoping the "Strictly Curse" doesn't strike again.

While the teen is single now, she has previously dated fellow YouTuber Jake Mitchell, but they split back in 2016.

It was then rumoured that the blonde beauty was romantically linked to 23-year-old vlogger Joe Weller, but the pair dismissed the speculation around their relationship.

What has Saffron said about going on Strictly?

Again, speaking to Heart, Saffron revealed that while “everyone keeps thinking I’m going to be really good", she's actually "not the great".

Barker admitted: “Sorry to disappoint everyone but I don’t think I’m going to be. I’d rate myself maybe a four, that’s not great.

“If I go out with my friends all of them can really dance, I’m the worst one if we go to a club.”

Eek! Well here's hoping Saffron is better than she thinks, as she takes to the Strictly dancefloor.