Hamza Yassin: Wildlife Cameraman Turned Children’s Author and Birds of Prey Enthusiast

Hamza Yassin: Wildlife Cameraman Turned Children’s Author and Birds of Prey Enthusiast

As autumn approaches, the anticipation for the 21st series of *Strictly Come Dancing* grows. Each year, an array of celebrities take to the dance floor in pursuit of the coveted glitterball trophy.


The 2023 Celebrity Line-Up

The line-up for 2023 has been unveiled, featuring a diverse mix of personalities. Among the contestants are actor and entertainer Les Dennis, former tennis player and broadcaster Annabel Croft, and ex-*EastEnders* star Nigel Harman.

Paralympian Jody Cundy, Irish TV presenter Angela Scanlon, and Bad Education star Layton Williams are also set to showcase their dance skills.

The competition will also include EastEnders actor Bobby Brazier, Coronation Street actor Ellie Leach, radio host Nikita Kanda, Emmerdale star Adam Thomas, TV journalist Angela Rippon, Channel 4 anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy, actress Amanda Abbington, comedian Eddie Kadi, and Love Island star Zara McDermott.

Past Winners and Their Current Endeavors


Here’s a glimpse into the lives of some of the recent winners of *Strictly Come Dancing*:

Hamza Yassin: Dancing into Documentaries and Writing

Wildlife cameraman Hamza Yassin clinched the victory in 2022 alongside his partner Jowita Przystal. Following his triumph, Yassin expanded his horizons.

He penned a children’s book, *Be A Birder: The Joy Of Birdwatching And How To Get Started*, scheduled for release on September 14.

Additionally, he’s set to host *Hamza’s Birds Of Prey*, a documentary exploring his passion for birds of prey and the joy they bring.

This venture allows him to share his experiences with a broader audience.


Rose Ayling-Ellis: Breaking Barriers and Advocating for Change

In 2021, Rose Ayling-Ellis secured her place in history as the first deaf winner of *Strictly Come Dancing*. Since then, she has continued to make waves.

She partnered with Mattel for a photoshoot featuring a Barbie doll with a hearing aid, promoting inclusivity.

She also mentored Unify, an all-deaf sign performance group that graced the King’s coronation celebrations.

Her involvement in the ITV drama *Code Of Silence* showcases her acting skills while raising awareness about the experiences of deaf individuals.

Ayling-Ellis’ BBC One documentary *Signs For Change* further educates viewers on the challenges faced by the deaf community.


Bill Bailey: Comedy and Craftsmanship

Comedian Bill Bailey clinched victory in 2020 at the age of 55, becoming the show’s oldest winner.

His post-win journey included hosting various TV programs such as BBC’s *Extraordinary Portraits* and the Sky Arts series *Bill Bailey’s Master Crafters: The Next Generation*.

These shows explore his multifaceted interests, from comedy to crafts. Currently, Bailey is taking his comedy show *Thoughtifier* on tour across New Zealand.

Kelvin Fletcher: From the Dance Floor to the Countryside

Kelvin Fletcher, known for his role in *Emmerdale*, danced his way to victory in 2019 with partner Oti Mabuse. Post-victory, he and his family embarked on a new adventure featured in the BBC series *Kelvin’s Big Farming Adventure*.

The show follows their transition to countryside living and their endeavors in farming.


A book titled *Fletchers On The Farm: Mud, Mayhem And Marriage*, authored by Kelvin and his partner, has also been published, offering insights into their farming journey.

Stacey Dooley: Dancing into Documentaries

TV presenter Stacey Dooley secured the title in 2018 alongside her partner Kevin Clifton. Beyond her dancing success, Dooley is renowned for her impactful investigative documentaries.

Her journey continued with projects like an episode of *Panorama* titled *Stacey Meets The IS Brides* and the BBC programs *Stacey Dooley: Locked Up With The Lifers* and *Stacey Dooley, Stalkers*.

In January, she joyfully announced the birth of her first child, Minnie, cementing her life’s ongoing evolution.

Joe McFadden: Holby City and Beyond

Scottish actor Joe McFadden, known for his role in *Holby City*, emerged victorious in 2017 alongside his partner Katya Jones. Post-*Strictly*, he made a surprise return to *Holby City* for a special episode despite his character’s on-screen demise.


McFadden’s career diversified into pantomime shows, and he recently joined the 50th-anniversary tour of the musical *The Rocky Horror Show*. His versatility and continued engagements showcase his enduring appeal.

The journey of these past winners reflects the transformative power of *Strictly Come Dancing*, propelling participants toward new horizons and endeavors.


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