Biography of Len Goodman
Len Goodman is the late professional dancer, a judge and a coach from the United Kingdom. He has been the head judge for some dancing shows including the Strictly Come Daving from 2005 till he retired.
Len Goodman birth date
Goodman was born on April 25th 1944 in Bethnal Green located in London in the United Kingdom.
Len Goodman parents
His parents were Leonard Gordon Goodman his father and Louisa Goodman his mother.
Len Goodman Wife
Goodman married Cherry Kingston who was his dancing partner in 1972. However, they divorced in 1987. He then got married to Sue Barrett who was a dancing teacher in 2012. He had a son named James William Goodman who followed his father’s footsteps. James is a ballroom dancer, and he is a teacher at his father’s dance hub named Goodman Dance Academy.
Len Goodman Career
Goodman started his dancing career when he was just 19 when his therapist recommended it as therapy for a foot to heal. He got it interesting and that it’s his talent and he decided to turn professional and won many competitions. When he won the British Championships at Blackpool he decided to retire from dancing in his late twenties.
He appeared in a show which was nominated for the Emmy award in a Reality show competition program category. In 2004, Goodman was the head judge during the BBC one dance competition for over 10 years which was Strictly Come Dancing from its inception where he worked until 2016. Goodman received the award for the outstanding contribution to dance by Carl Alan Award in both 2006 and 2007.
On May 9th, 2017, he appeared in the Christmas Day Special which was announced that Shirley Ballas would succeed him as the head judge. Goodman have also been the head judge on a TV Dance program named Dancing With The Stars a position he has held since 2005 to 2022. During the 31st season semifinals Goodman made an announcement that he would be retiring soon. He said he wanted to go spend time with his family.
Len Goodman Net worth
By the time Goodman died his net worth is estimated to be at around $18 million as he was successful in the dancing industry both as a dancer and a judge.
Len Goodman Death
On Saturday, 22nd April 2023, his death was announced by Jackie Gill. The former Strictly Come Daving judge has died battling with cancer of the bones, he died at the age of 78.