Len Goodman is a British ballroom dancer, choreographer, and television personality. He is best known as the head judge on the popular television show “Strictly Come Dancing” in the United Kingdom and as a judge on the American version of the show, “Dancing with the Stars.”
Goodman grew up in a working-class family in East London and began dancing at a young age. He trained in a variety of dance styles, including ballroom, Latin American, and contemporary, and went on to become a successful professional dancer and choreographer.
Len Goodman birth date
He was born on April 25, 1944, in Bethnal Green, London, England.
Len Goodman Education Background
Goodman’s educational background is not extensively documented. However, it is known that he left school at the age of 15 to work as an apprentice welder in a factory. He became interested in dancing at a young age and began taking lessons at a local dance school.
Len Goodman Dancing Career
Goodman’s career spans several decades and includes work as a dancer, choreographer, and television personality.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Goodman was a successful competitive dancer, winning various championships in England, including the British Championships.
He also performed on the popular British television show “Come Dancing.” Len went on to become a choreographer for the show.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Goodman worked as a choreographer for a variety of television shows, films, and stage productions, including “The Hot Shoe Show” and “The Paul Daniels Magic Show.”
In 2004, Goodman became one of the original judges on the popular British television show “Strictly Come Dancing,” which quickly became a huge hit. His experience as a professional dancer and choreographer made him a valuable judge on the show. Additionally, his sharp wit and charming personality made him a favorite among viewers.
Goodman has also been a judge on the American version of “Strictly Come Dancing,” called “Dancing with the Stars,” since 2005. He has become a familiar face to American audiences and has helped to bring ballroom dancing to a wider audience.
In addition to his work on television, Goodman has written several books about dancing and has worked as a dance teacher and lecturer.
Len Goodman wife
Len Goodman has been married twice and has two children. He was first married to Cherry Kingston, a dance partner, and fellow competitor, in the 1970s. They had a son together named James. The couple eventually divorced.
In 2012, Goodman married his longtime girlfriend, Sue Barrett, who is a dance teacher. The couple had been together for over a decade before tying the knot. They do not have children together.
Goodman has also been open about his difficult relationship with his father, who was abusive towards him and his mother when he was growing up. Despite this, Goodman has spoken about how his love of dancing helped him to escape his difficult home life and pursue his passion.
Len Goodman Net Worth
Len Goodman’s net worth is estimated to be around $14 million. He has amassed his wealth primarily through his career as a dancer, choreographer, and television personality. Goodman’s work as a judge on “Strictly Come Dancing” and “Dancing with the Stars” has made him a household name and helped to cement his status as a well-known and respected figure in the world of dance and entertainment.
Additionally, Goodman has written several books about dancing, which have likely contributed to his overall net worth.