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Getting to know...Russell Grant

Russell Grant is a TV and Showbiz personality, probably best known as an astrologer. His love of dance became apparent when he was a contestant on BBC 1's Strictly Come Dancing in 2011 partnered with Flavia Cacace. Russell has also performed on the West End stage, as well as numerous other theatres across the UK.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE AS A CHILD?

History and geography teacher

ADVICE TO YOUR TEENAGE SELF?
Like what I know now? I wish I’d gone out and had more dance fun

KARAOKE TUNE OF CHOICE?
I never can say goodbye – Gloria Gaynor

CAREER PLAN B?
Sports administration

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE OF YOUR LIFE?
Ingrid Bergman

CAT OR DOG?
Both

STYLE ICON?
Leigh Bowery

YOUR COFFEE ORDER?
Double-shot latte

NUMBER ONE ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?
Appear in theatre on Broadway

SECRET SKILL?
Calligraphy

DREAM DINNER DATE?
Fred and Ginger

WHAT WAS YOUR BIG BREAK?
Presenting the Queen Mother with her astrological chart in person and launching Breakfast TV on the BBC

WHERE IS HOME?
Great Britain

FAVOURITE VILLAIN?
The chap with the pussy in James Bond

BOOK THAT CHANGED YOUR LIFE?
Anna Karenina

FIRST EVER RECORD?
Bobby Darin, Splish-Splash

WHEN YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR YOU SEE....?
Too short

ON A NIGHT OFF WE WOULD FIND YOU...?
Watching trash TV

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MEAL?
Pie, eels and mash

SIGNATURE DANCE MOVE?
Samba

WHO DO YOU MOST ADMIRE AND WHY?
Diana, Princess of Wales for being an individual

MOTTO YOU LIVE BY?
Mrs Do-as-you-would-be-done-by