Len Goodman Biography

Len Goodman Biography on Monsters and Critics


"Lennard Gordon 'Len' Goodman" (born 25 April 1944) is a British professional ballroom dancer, dance judge, and coach. He is a leading personality on television dance programs, and runs a ballroom dance school in Dartford, Kent.


Goodman started dancing at the age of 19 after a short time as an engineering apprentice (for Harland and Wolff in Woolwich). He tried dancing only in an attempt to recover from a foot injury sustained while playing football. He turned professional, won various competitions, and retired from dancing after winning the British Championships at Blackpool in his late twenties.

During the 1970s and early 1980s, his dance school in Dartford was home to a very popular Saturday night youth disco, which helped to keep the majority of Dartford's young people out of trouble.

He is a recipient of the Carl Alan Award, in recognition of outstanding contributions to dance. In 2006 and 2007, he was nominated for the Emmy Award in the "Outstanding Reality/Competition Program" category.

He currently appears as head judge on the television dance competition Strictly Come Dancing for BBC in the UK and its American adaptation Dancing with the Stars on ABC in the USA, hosted by Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke.

Len is one of the personalities to be featured in the 2011 series of the UK's celebrity genealogy series "Who Do You Think You Are?".

Personal life

Goodman was born in Bethnal Green, London, England, the son of Louisa (née Eldridge) and Len Goodman.

He married his dancing partner Cherry Kingston on April 27, 1972, but they were later divorced. He has a son, James William Goodman (born January 26, 1981) who is currently teaching dance at the Goodman Dance Centre, from his marriage to his second wife Lesley, who also taught dancing at his dance schools in Dartford and Gravesend. Len is currently married to his third wife, Sue, who is 37 years his junior.

Goodman is a staunch West Ham United fan and was featured on the BBC football magazine show "Football Focus" on 26 September 2009. It caused great controversy, to which he simply replied, 'One does not have to support the team where one was born.'

Goodman was diagnosed with prostate cancer in March 2009, which was treated surgically at a London hospital. The news was kept top secret until he made an announcement in late June 2009.

External links

(Official website)

(James Goodman Dance Website)

("Times" Interview)

(Goodman bio at his own Len Goodman's Best Of... site)

(Goodman bio at BBC site)

(Goodman bio at ABC's Dancing with the Stars site)

(Interview with Len Goodman in local Dartford Living Magazine)

(Len offers his advice on public speaking) from BBC2's "The Speaker"

(Goodman celebrates 25 years hosting competitions at Pontin's)


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