Where Dancing On Ice's winners are now – from booze battles and legal row to quitting fame to work as delivery driver

Where Dancing On Ice's winners are now – from booze battles and legal row to quitting fame to work as delivery driver

March 15, 2021

DANCING On Ice's crown was unexpectedly snatched by little-known DJ Sonny Jay last night, upending the assumption Faye Brookes would triumph.

Viewers were left stunned when hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield announced the Capital FM presenter had beaten the Coronation Street actress – who was the bookies favourite to win.

The radio star, 27, was crowned the winner of the 13th series of the ITV competition in last night's epic final.

He joins a long line of celebrities to have taken the trophy – but what has become of the previous winners who include Suzanne Shaw, Ray Quinn and Hayley Tamaddon.

Gaynor Faye – 2006

Actress Gaynor made Dancing on Ice history after being crowed the first ever winner.

The ex Coronation Street star was paired with pro skater Daniel Whiston, who has since become the show's Associate Creative Director.

After winning the show, Gaynor went on to appear in the stage adaptation of Calendar Girls in 2009, before becoming a guest panellist on Loose Women in 2010.

In 2011, it was announced that she had landed a part in Emmerdaleplaying Megan Macey.

Gaynor was at the centre of a series of dramatic storylines for seven-year until her exit in 2019, when her on-screen partner Frank tragically died in a factory blaze.  

Kyran Bracken – 2007

Former Rugby star Kyran swapped the scrum-half for the ice rink as he partnered up with pro Melanie Lambert.

The sport star became the first male celebrity to take the crown and proved he was just as talented on skates as he is on the field.

At the time, he received the highest score in the semi-final in the history of DoI with 29.5 out of a possible 30.

After he was crowned the winner, Kyran then toured with Holiday On Ice in their show Romanza. He also made an appearance on the ITV show in 2008 to help pal Steve Backley with his performance.

He later returned for the All Stars version of Dancing On Ice in 2014, finishing fifth.

Kyran has since welcomed his three sons Charlie, Jack and Lochlan with his wife Victoria.

He has also continued to champion his love of rugby after he launched a new podcast called Ruck It! with fellow England international Nick Easter. 

Suzanne Shaw – 2008

The former Hear'Say star took to the ice like a duck to water and was crowned winner of the third series.

The singer showed off her impressive technical footwork, solo skating skills, as well as many lifts and tricks with her partner Matt Evers 13 years ago.

The popstar went onto perform in huge productions Chicago where she played Roxie Hart, and appeared in The Vagina Monologues and White Christmas becoming an established musical theatre and West End performer.

The actress then landed a role in Emmerdale as Edna Birch's wayward granddaughter Eve in 2010, but left the village a year later.

In 2012 Shaw toured in Funny Peculiar, she is also a regular in pantomime her most recent role was Cinderella at Birmingham Hippodrome.

The star also opened up about her battle with depression and her struggles with her mental health for the past 18 years.

In an interview with Closer Magazine, she said admits that, at its worst, she used to drink to numb her feelings.

Suzanne split from husband Jason King in 2012. She gave birth to her second son, and first with second husband Sam Greenfield, in 2015.

She is also mum to Corey, 15, with ex-partner Darren Day.

Ray Quinn – 2009

Following his victory, former X Factor star Ray became an established West-End performer, bagging roles as Danny Zuko in Grease, Billy Kosteki in Dirty Dancing and Warner Huntington III in Legally Blonde.

The singer triumphed on the ice over ten years ago with pro skater Maria Filippov.

The TV star, who previously appeared in Brookside, returned to musicreleasing an album titled, Dare To Dream in 2015 and his third albumUndeniable in 2020.

Ray then joined the cast of Hollyoaks in 2018 where he was introduced as villain Jonny Baxter.

The star has stepped away from the limelight after he revealed he was a Hermes delivery driver, earing £11.40 an hour.

The star — who was runner-up to Leona Lewis in The X Factor 14 years ago — began working for the company at the start of lockdown and is now a regular with customers in the North West.

Hayley Tamaddon – 2010

Former Emmerdale actress Hayley helped professional Dan Whiston become the first professional skater to win the competition twice when they were crowned in 2010.

She later joined the cast of Coronation Street playing Steve McDonald’s friend Andrea Beckett in 2013 until her character left with boyfriend Lloyd Mullaney two years later.

It was announced in 2017 that the actress would be appearing in a comedy called Eaten By Lions.

Hayley was best known for her role as Emmerdale’s Del Dingle from 2005 until 2007 before her ice rink stint.

She became a first-time mum in October last year to son Jasper.

The star bravely opened up about her battle with post-natal depression, she said she wanted to help other mums struggling with the "overwhelming" feeling of parenthood.

Sam Attwater – 2011

Former EastEnders actor Sam won the sixth series and went on to take part in the All-Stars version of the show, where he came in fourth place alongside partner and then-fiancé, Vicky Ogden.

He made his West End debut in the musical Dreamboats & Petticoats before moving on to star as Brad Majors in a UK tour of the 40th Anniversary Production of The Rocky Horror Show.

Sam and Vicky married in 2014 and welcomed their daughters in 2016.

Matthew Wolfenden – 2012

Emmerdale star Matthew was crowned winner in 2012 with pro partner Nina Ulanova.

The actor has continued with his role as Eric Pollard’s son David Metcalfe in the ITV soap since winning the show.

The actor has turned down a host of opportunities from other reality TV shows.

When he is not at the centre of a explosive storylines, the star enjoys family life with co-star and wife Charley Webb, who plays Debbie Dingle.

They married in 2018 and the pair have three children together.

Beth Tweddle – 2013

Olympic gymnast Beth was crowned winner with professional skater Daniel Whiston, making it the third time he'd skated with a celebrity champion.

The star, 35, returned to our screens when she signed up to participate in Channel 4’s The Jump in 2016.

However, the sport star was forced to pull out after she suffered a back injury and  later had to undergo neck surgery.

Channel 4 later confirmed that the series would be axed in December 2018.

The former Olympian announced last year that she was suing the makers of the show for £200,000 in damages over injuries she sustained on the show.

Jake Quickenden – 2018

X Factor star Jake was a natural on the ice. He showed off his incredible skills early on and went onto bag the winner's trophy.

Since being crowed champion of the show with Vanessa Bauer, his career has gone from strength to strength.

He proved he's an all-rounder after he starred in Hair The Musical and has also appeared on Hollyoaks as Woody in 2019.

Jake, 32, also appeared in The Real Full Monty On Ice at the end of 2020 to help raise awareness of cancer and has continued to write music.

In recent weeks, he became a first-time dad to a little boy named Leo Oliverwith girlfriend Sophie Church.

James Jordan – 2019

Former Strictly Come Dancing professional James showed off his moves on the ice with professional Alexandra Schauman.

The star, 42, has previously appeared on reality TV shows including Celebrity Big Brother in 2014 and 2017.

The dancer, who left the BBC One show in 2013, also starred in the fourth series of Celebrity Coach Trip alongside his wife Ola, 38.

The pair welcomed their first child, daughter Ella, following IVF treatment last year.

Although there's always another lucrative job offer for reality TV around the corner for Ola and James, they have undoubtedly thrown themselves into family life.

Ola recently revealed that she would "love more children" but "doesn’t know if she can have more" after three year battle to have their first child.

She said: "We would love to have more children, but unfortunately this is not the right time for us.

"And we're not sure if it will happen again as we were very lucky to get pregnant with our first IVF."

Joe Swash – 2020

The former EastEnders star was the surprise winner last year after he beat Diversity's Perri Kiely in the final.

The I'm a Celeb star has been entertaining his fans on social media with regular snaps of family life.

While the pandemic has put a pause on his TV career for the most part, Joe has been enjoying his personal life and popped the question to long-term girlfriend Stacey Solomon.

The actor got down on one knee last Christmas after five years together and are now planning their special day for planned for July.

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