Strictly’s Dr Ranj reveals he has faced homophobic prejudice in the medical world 

He’s been wowing the nation with his daring dance moves on a scandal-ridden series of Strictly Come Dancing.

But now Dr Ranj, 39, has said he hopes to use his platform to help dispel homophobic prejudice in the medical profession, which he has been a victim of.

The This Morning medic came out as gay nine years ago, after wedding a a woman in his early 20s.

Campaigner: Dr Ranj, 39, has said he hopes to use his platform to help dispel homophobic prejudice in the medical profession (pictured with Janette Manrara on This Morning)

Campaigner: Dr Ranj, 39, has said he hopes to use his platform to help dispel homophobic prejudice in the medical profession (pictured with Janette Manrara on This Morning)

Campaigner: Dr Ranj, 39, has said he hopes to use his platform to help dispel homophobic prejudice in the medical profession (pictured with Janette Manrara on This Morning)

The CBeebies hunk told the Gay Times that the medical world is not fully accepting of gay men and that heartbreakingly, he has faced homophobic prejudice.

He said: ‘The media industry is much more accepting, but I feel like the medical world has a little further to go.

‘It’s a bit ironic that the caring profession could ever be prejudiced, but it does happen.

Breakdown: The This Morning medic came out as gay nine years ago, after wedding a a woman in his early 20s

Breakdown: The This Morning medic came out as gay nine years ago, after wedding a a woman in his early 20s

Breakdown: The This Morning medic came out as gay nine years ago, after wedding a a woman in his early 20s

‘People like myself and so many others are here to change that, though.’

The star has previously spoken about the breakdown of his marriage, saying he knew it ‘had to end’.   

He previously told the Mirror: ‘I accepted that it wasn’t right and it had to end.

‘It was so hard and I still don’t like thinking about it. I felt like my heart had been wrenched out of my chest.  

‘I was completely broken. It was the lowest point in my life. I can only imagine how hard it was for my wife, though – she didn’t deserve any of that. I feel so incredibly sorry for what she had to go through.’

The star previously called on BBC1 bosses to partner him with a male professional dancer rather than a woman, saying it was an ‘incredibly important’ issue.

He said: ‘I would love to dance with a same-sex partner. I would value a time when same-sex couples could dance on shows like Strictly. It is incredibly important. We are making progress but I think there is still time to go.’ 

Past: The This Morning medic said he realised he was unhappy around five years into his marriage, after wedding in his early 20s (pictured with Mandy Saligari on This Morning)

Past: The This Morning medic said he realised he was unhappy around five years into his marriage, after wedding in his early 20s (pictured with Mandy Saligari on This Morning)

Past: The This Morning medic said he realised he was unhappy around five years into his marriage, after wedding in his early 20s (pictured with Mandy Saligari on This Morning)

Dr Ranj also admitted that his co-star, Ruth Langsford, who appeared on the show last year, has been giving him plenty of advice.

He exclusively told MailOnline at the show’s launch: ‘We’ve only been doing a small amount of [training], it’s tiring, it’s really physically demanding and I think it was a bit of a shock to the system.

‘But OMG it’s so much fun, what a great way to knacker yourself out, last week I was broken, this week I am ready to go!  

‘[Ruth’s] been such a sweetheart, she gave me her number and said call me anytime it’s about to all go bonkers, just give me a buzz, today she gave me some tips she said: ‘When you come down this runway, make sure you have a little routine planned out!’ 

Talking about his ideal dance partner, before he was partnered with Janette Manrara, he added: ‘Any of the girls would be amazing, they are all incredible dancers, I am limited by height, one of the shorter girls it would have to be.

‘I’m nervous, I’m excitedly nervous, I really want to get stuck in and do it, but I want to do my best and give it my best shot.

‘It is the nation’s favourite show, everybody can get into it, older viewers, younger viewers, I work with a lot of children particularly in healthcare, I’m hoping that kids are going to watch this and be like: “I want to take up dance!”‘

Controversial: The star previously called on BBC1 bosses to partner him with a male professional dancer rather than a woman, saying it was an ‘incredibly important’ issue

Controversial: The star previously called on BBC1 bosses to partner him with a male professional dancer rather than a woman, saying it was an ‘incredibly important’ issue

Controversial: The star previously called on BBC1 bosses to partner him with a male professional dancer rather than a woman, saying it was an ‘incredibly important’ issue

Dr Ranj, full name Ranj Singh, qualified as a doctor in 2003 after graduating from Kings’ College London.   

He first hit the airwaves in 2012 after becoming the presenter on  CBeebies TV show Get Well Soon, which he hosted until 2015.

He later joined This Morning as their resident doctor before joining this year’s cast of Strictly.   

 

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