Who is Gorka Marquez? Strictly Come Dancing pro dancer who’s having a baby with Gemma Atkinson

GORKA Marquez is known for being a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing.

He is now set to be a dad for the first time and strip down to raise awareness – here’s everything you need to know…

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Gorka was one of the three new professionals in last year’s Strictly line-up

Who is Gorka Marquez, how old is he and what’s his background?

Gorka began dancing at the age of 12 and within a few years, he was picked to represent Spain in the World Latin Championships in 2010.

Two years later he reached the semi-finals of the World Dance Sport Federation World Cup.

In 2014, Gorka joined the acclaimed Latin and ballroom dance troupe Burn the Floor, an international dancing phenomenon that was formed in 1995.

The Spaniard was born in Bilbao on September 4, 1990,

Gorka has proved a big hit on Strictly

When did Gorka Marquez join Strictly and who has he danced with?

Strictly Come Dancing was Gorka’s first major TV appearance.

He joined the show in 2016 and was paired with EastEnders actress Tameka Empson.

He and Tameka became the second couple to leave the show after they were eliminated in the third week but two weeks later Gorka was brought back to the show to dance with singer Anastacia after her partner Brendan Cole fell ill.

He and Anastacia were eliminated in week six but Gorka continued to appear in the group dances.

In 2017 Gorka was partnered with Alexandra Burke.

Then in 2018, his dance partner was Katie Piper.

Gorka, left, with girlfriend Gemma, right
Gorka, left, with girlfriend Gemma, right

When did Gorka start dating Gemma Atkinson? Are they having a baby?

Throughout the 2017 Strictly series, Gorka and his co-star Gemma Atkinson were constantly asked whether they were dating.

Gemma was not his dance partner and was instead paired with Aljaž Skorjanec.

Despite months of questioning and speculation, the pair continued to deny their romance.

On Valentine’s Day 2018 the pair FINALLY confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in showbiz that they were a couple.

Sharing a snap of Gemma resting her head on Gorka’s shoulder as they sat on the beach on holiday on Instagram, she wrote: “Here’s to many more kid. Happy Valentines Day @gorka_marquez.”

Then on February 1, 2019, the couple revealed they were expecting their first baby.

Gorka announced the happy news on Instagram with a picture of his dogs Norm and Ollie.

One dog wore a sign reading “Guess what…mum’s pregnant” while the other wore one which said: “We’re going to be big brothers!”

Is Gorka getting naked to raise awareness?

Yes, the famous dancer will say goodbye to his clothes to raise awareness for testicular and prostate cancer.

It has been revealed that he is joining the cast of All New Month: Who Bares Wins.

He will be joined by Love Island winner Jack Fincham, Emmerdale actor Kevin Fletcher and snooker ace Will Thorne among others.

They will be followed by a women’s version lef by Victoria Derbyshire and Coleen Nolan.

Both specials will see our favourite celebs bare is all to demonstrate the importance of checking intimate body areas for signs of cancer.

When was Gorka assaulted?

Gorka was set upon by a gang of youths just hours after he appeared on the live Blackpool week of Strictly 2016.

He had two teeth smashed out in the assault, which took place as he walked to a nightclub with friends and fellow Strictly professional dancers Aljaz Skorjanec and Neil Jones.

He had to undergo emergency dental surgery.

Ever the professional, he returned to the show in order to perform in the group routines for the rest of the series.


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