Ellie Simmonds: who is sixth Strictly Come Dancing celeb?


The multiple gold medalist said she was “absolutely petrified” to enter the dance competition

The fivefold Paralympic champion and the broadcaster said she was “literally bursting with excitement” but also “absolutely petrified” to hit the famous dance floor.


That’s all you need to know.

Who is Ellie Simmonds?


Simmonds is a retired British Paralympic swimmer who became a household name at the Beijing 2008 Summer Paralympics when she won two gold medals Team GB. At the time, she was the youngest member of the team at 13.

She was born in Walsall on November 11, 1994 and grew up in Aldrige. She became interested in swimming at the age of five, getting up at 5:30 a.m. five days a week to do two hours before school and then another 90 minutes of training.

Ellie Simmonds of Great Britain wins the gold medal in the Women’s 100m Freestyle – S6 Final at the National Stadium on day two of the 2008 Paralympic Games September 8, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

Simmonds and her mother moved to South Wales when she was 11 to take advantage of Swansea’s world-class 50m pool.

After competing in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2021, Simmonds announced that she was retiring from the sport.


At the time, she said, “I don’t think I could go three more years.

“I’m leaving at the right time, I love it, I absolutely had a wonderful competition and I loved every minute of it.”

Ellie Simmonds during an event to mark the 10th anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic Games, held at Bridge One in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Earlier this year she was filming a BBC documentary entitled Ellie Simmonds: A world without dwarfism?in which she examined a controversial new drug designed to help children with dwarfism grow to an average height.

What medals did she win?


Throughout her career, Simmonds has won a number of medals at various competitions.

Ellie Simmonds poses with her medals after Rio 2016 (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
  • Five gold, one silver and two bronze medals at the Paralympic Games
  • Eight gold, three silver and four bronze medals at world championships
  • Six gold and one silver medals at world championships (25 m)
  • Seven gold and two silver medals at European Championships

Simmonds also won the gold medal in the 200m individual medley at the 2010 Paralympic World Championships in Manchester.


How tall is Ellie Simmonds?

Simmonds is 1.23 meters tall, which is approximately 1.20 meters.


She was born with achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism that stunts limb growth.

Ellie Simmonds of Team Great Britain attends the National Lottery ParalympicsGB Homecoming at the SSE Arena Wembley on September 12, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for The National Lottery)

Speaking to BBC Sport ahead of her documentary, Simmonds said: “If I wasn’t a midget I wouldn’t have gone to the Paralympics and I wouldn’t have had a career as an athlete that way.


“So I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, if this drug existed as a kid, would I actually be who I am today?’

Who will be her Strictly Come Dancing partner?


None of the contestants have announced themselves for the latest season of Be sure to come dance still know who their professional dance partners are.

Both the celebrities and the dancers are expected to find out who their partners will be during the launch show on September 7th.


What did she say about joining Strictly Come Dancing?

In a statement, Simmonds said: “Oh my god! I’m bursting with excitement! It was so hard to keep this secret as I wanted to tell everyone.


“I will continue Be sure to come dance! I’m a little nervous too, more than a little… I’m absolutely petrified!

“Being asked to join the Strictly family is just so exciting and I can’t wait, it’s going to be so much fun.

Paralympic swimming gold medalist Ellie Simmonds (Picture: PA/BBC)

“I’m counting the minutes until it starts; Learn to dance, meet my partner and everyone else involved in the show. Plus wearing the sequins and all, it’s gonna be a blast.

“I’ve been watching Strictly for as long as I can remember; It is a traditional foretaste of Christmas with my family and a real privilege to be a part of.”


Who else has been confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing?

In addition to Simmonds, a number of celebrities have been confirmed for the upcoming season of the dance competition.


The cast so far includes:

  • Permissive women Star Kaye Adams
  • Radio 2 presenter Richie Anderson
  • Coronation Street Actor Will Mellor
  • Comedian Jayde Adams
  • Coronation Street Stern Kym Marsh
  • Kiss radio host Tyler West