Dancing on Ice winners now – Emmerdale ‘race row’ to steamy co-star romance

Dancing on Ice has been entertaining audiences since it first hit screens in 2006 with a catalogue of stars bravely showcasing their skills on the popular ITV show.

Although some contestants give rather shaky performances throughout their time on the programme, many others have pushed boundaries and impressed fans in order to be crowned the winner of their series.

While some unlikely candidates manage to make their way to the top.

But as the final of this year's series approaches on Sunday March, 27, Daily Star has taken a look back at some of the previous winners and where they are now.

Gaynor Faye

Former Coronation Street actress Gaynor Faye was the first-ever celeb to be crowned the winner of Dancing on Ice back in 2006.

Gaynor took on the skating challenge alongside her partner Daniel Whiston and was under the watchful eye of judges Robin Cousins, Karen Barber, Nicky Slater, Jason Gardiner and Karen Kresge.

After her spectacular win, the star continued acting and landed a role in ITV's Emmerdale where she played the role of Megan Macey from 2012 to 2019.

In March 2021, Gaynor appeared in the BBC One drama The Syndicate as Cheryl Armitage.

Suzanne Shaw

Former Hear'Say singer Suzanne Shaw was crowned the Dancing on Ice winner in 2008 alongside figure skater Matt Evers.

Both of Suzanne's final performances scored a perfect 30/30, which was the first time that score had been given on the programme.

Following her Dancing on Ice success, Suzanne continued to work in musical theatre.

In 2009, she took part in the tour for The Vagina Monologues throughout the summer alongside actresses Jessie Wallace, Wendi Peters and Sue Holderness.

The star also appeared in Emmerdale in 2011.

Suzanne gave birth to her second child in 2015 and seems to have become an avid social media user.

Matthew Wolfenden

Die-hard Dancing on Ice fans may remember Emmerdale star Matthew Wolfenden being crowned the winner of the ITV show in 2012.

The actor who plays David Metcalfe in the Dales was up against fellow soap rival Georgie Porter but managed to marginally beat her to the top.

Matthew won alongside his partner Nina Ulanova and said at the time: "It's going to take a few days to sink in. The first time I stood on the ice, I thought I'd made the biggest mistake of my life and I'd be a laughing stock."

Since winning the series, Matthew continued business as usual and returned to play his long-running character in Emmerdale.

In 2021, Matthew was embroiled in a race scandal after he was accused of mimicking an accent of mixed-race actress while on set, leading to him taking a three month break from the soap.

According to The Sun, soap bosses accepted Matthew and his co-star Isabel Hodgins' mimicry was "misheard", with a source saying: "ITV have conducted a rigorous enquiry into the allegations made, with witness statements taken.

"Bosses accepted Matthew and Isabel's explanation and agreed they can return to work.

Ray Quinn

Former Brookside actor Ray Quinn was the only star who appeared on the ITV show twice and won both times in 2009 and 2014.

The star gave a dazzling performance throughout his time on the show and left viewers gobsmacked with his gravity defying stunts.

The X Factor finalist continued to gain steady work in the entertainment industry and appeared on Channel 4's Hollyoaks from 2018-2019.

But during the Coronavirus pandemic, the star's career took an unexpected change that no one saw coming.

Ray disclosed that he had been working as a delivery driver for the courier company Hermes.

Last year April, the DOI champion announced he had begun a new career laying carpets at his family firm, alongside his brothers Robin and Darren.

Jake Quickenden

Jake Quickenden took the crown of Dancing on Ice champ in 2018 following the show's revival.

Partnered with figure skater Vanessa Bauer, the stars certainly stole the show in their series.

Since his epic win, Jake has continued to gain steady work and has even starred in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks and also appeared as a contestant Ninja Warrior UK.

The father of one also appeared in theatre and has starred in Footloose The Musical.

Last year Jake took on the challenge of appearing in Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins.

Beth Tweddle

Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle took the crown in 2013's series alongside her partner Daniel Whiston.

It was also Daniel's third time winning the ITV show overall.

Beth beat EastEnders actor Matt Lapinskas and his partner Brianne Delcourt to the number one spot and came third place in the 2014 returners' series alongside partner Łukasz Różycki.

In 2016, the sports star participated in the third series of Channel 4 reality show The Jump. However, she was forced to withdraw from the competition two weeks in after she suffered a back injury.

Since then the star has continued to offer sports commentary at major sporting events.

Sam Attwater

EastEnders star Sam Attwater became Dancing on Ice champion in 2011 alongside his dance partner Brianne Delcourt.

He also participated in the All Stars series in 2014 and came a respectable 4th place on the show.

Following his victory, Sam continued to work in West End musicals and also appeared in one episode of ITV's Mr Selfridge in 2016.

Sam went on to marry Dancing on Ice skater Vicky Ogden in 2014, making them the first couple from the show to tie the knot.

Two years later, Vicky gave birth to their two daughters.

Joe Swash

In 2020, former EastEnders actor Joe Swash became the unlikely winner of Dancing on Ice after he beat Diversity's Perri Kiely in the final.

Partnered with professional skater Alex Murphy, Joe stole the nation's heart with his loveable character to heartwarming routines.

Since his win, the I'm A Celeb star has continued to make television appearances.

He also welcomed his second child with his partner Stacey Solomon in 2021.

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