Who is Strictly 2019 pro Neil Jones, who is partnered with and is he still married to co-star Katya?

NEIL Jones has been a regular on Strictly Come Dancing since joining the hit BBC series in 2016.

He is married to his co-star and fellow dancer Katya Jones, who famously snogged her former partner Seann Walsh. Here is what you need to know about the professional dancer…

Who is Neil Jones? What's his background?

Neil Jones, 37, is a professional ballroom dancer who works on Strictly Come Dancing for the BBC.

He's British but was born in Munster, Germany, and started dancing at a local ballet school at the age of three.

Neil has represented Finland, Holland and the UK during the course of his competitive career.

He also holds many titles including UK, British, Dutch, European and World Latin Champion.

On signing up to BBC's Strictly in 2016, he said: “As a British dancer I have grown up watching this amazing show, it is a massive honour…

"I am feeling pumped and excited to be part of the Strictly family.”

Neil has never been paired up with a celebrity but is a stand-by and performs in all the group numbers and the Strictly spin-off show Strictly: It Takes Two.

Who is Neil Jones' wife Katya Jones?

Neil joined Strictly in 2016 with his dancer wife Katya Jones, who was then paired with Ed Balls.

Katya and Neil first dated in 2008 after a chance meeting in Blackpool and they have been dancing together ever since.

The pair, who married in 2013, won the 2015 World Professional Latin Showdance Championship.

They are also four times undefeated British National Professional Champions.


When did Neil Jones' wife Katya Jones kiss Seann Walsh?

Katya and Neil were hit by the "Strictly Curse" when Katya was pictured kissing her dance partner Seann Walsh in the street outside a pub.

Hours before the story broke, the married couple danced together on the show as part of a routine with other pro dancers.

An insider said: “It’s going to cause real ructions backstage not least because Katya and Neil have to work alongside each other week in, week out.

“It will be unbelievably awkward especially if Seann goes through to next week’s show.”

But Neil appeared to shrug off the controversy by posting a picture of his wife with Seann on Twitter.

He captioned it: “Wow last nights @bbcstrictly movie week was really epic and I’m really proud of @mrs_katjones and @seannwalsh Paso Doble. Great shapes and of course like always the choreography was on point.”

When can I watch Strictly Come Dancing 2019 on BBC One?

Strictly Come Dancing is returning for its 17th series on BBC One in 2019.

It kicks off with the red carpet launch on Monday, August 26, 2019.

The series premiere will follow shortly after, but a date is yet to be confirmed.

The main show will air live on Saturday evenings with the results the following day on Sundays.

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