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How old is Len Goodman, why did he quit Strictly Come Dancing, who is his wife Sue and what is Partners In Rhyme?

LEN Goodman came to prominence as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing on the BBC before quitting the show last year.

But now back on our screens with his new show Partner's In Rhyme. Here's all you need to know about the award-winning dancer…

 Len Goodman became a household name thanks to his role as a judge on Strictly Come DancingHandout Len Goodman became a household name thanks to his role as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing

Who is Len Goodman? How old is he? What's his background?

Len Goodman is a 73-year-old TV personality who was born on April 25, 1944, in Bromley, Kent.

He was raised in Bethnal Green, London and moved to Blackfen when he was six years old.

Len began dancing at the age of 19 and competed in various competitions across the nation, claiming victory in several competitions during his late twenties.

The dancer and his partner Cherry won the British Exhibition Championships four times before Len eventually retired in the early 1970s.

 The 73-year-old former ballroom dancer stepped down after 12 yearsBBC The 73-year-old former ballroom dancer stepped down after 12 years

How did Len Goodman get famous?

Len made his name as the head judge on BBC dancing competition show, Strictly Come Dancing.

The judge became an instant favourite thanks to his cheeky one-liners and playful banter with contestants.

Len also takes part as head judge on the American adaptation of Strictly titled Dancing With The Stars.

 Len revealed he decided to leave his role as the head judge so that he could enjoy his twilight years Len revealed he decided to leave his role as the head judge so that he could enjoy his twilight years

Why did Len Goodman quit Strictly Come Dancing and who's replacing him?

The 73-year-old former ballroom dancer stepped down after 12 years and made his final appearance on the Christmas Day special in 2016.

Len revealed he decided to leave his role as the head judge of the UK show so that he could enjoy his twilight years.

The Sun revealed Latin Ballroon champion Shirley Ballas was replacing Len as the head judge for the upcoming series.

Shirley was previously a judge on the American version of Dancing With The Stars and a source told The Sun she was “complete natural” during her audition for Strictly Come Dancing.

 Len made his final appearance on the Strictly Christmas Day special in 2016Getty – Contributor Len made his final appearance on the Strictly Christmas Day special in 2016

What is Partners In Rhyme and when is it on BBC One?

Partners In Rhyme is a brand new family teatime BBC game show.

The six-episode series  started on Saturday, August 19.

The contestants on the shows will be celebrities and familiar telly faces, including Phil Tufnell, Ore Oduba and Nina Wadia.

As its title suggests, all the comedy rounds on the show are based on rhymes – and they offer a lot of "great play along" opportunities for viewers.

Who is Len Goodman married to?

Len married his longtime girlfriend Sue in 2012 in a surprise ceremony.

The couple invited 30 members of family and friends under the pretence it was a nice Sunday lunch.

Len had been dating dance teacher Sue  for over a decade before he decided to propose.

Strictly celebs past and present pay tribute to Len Goodman on his final show

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