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Who is Debbie McGee and how old is she? Strictly Come Dancing 2017 contestant and widow of Paul Daniels

DEBBIE McGee is a TV personality who found fame as the assistant of her late husband, world-famous magician Paul Daniels.

Her career has flourished over 40 years and now she’s joined the line-up on Strictly Come Dancing 2017. Here’s the full lowdown…

Debbie has joined the line-up for Strictly Come Dancing 2017
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Where is Debbie McGee from?

Debbie, 58, was born on October 31, 1958, and is from Kingston upon Thames, where she was raised by her parents Patrick McGee and Lillian Howes.

It didn’t take long for her interest in performing was sparked, as she enrolled into a dance school when she was seven.

At 16, McGee landed a coveted spot at the Royal Ballet School where she trained as a professional dancer.

But she really made it big years later – when a bit of magic came into her life.

Paul and Debbie got hitched in 1988, after magic brought the pair together
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How is Debbie McGee famous?

Debbie’s ballet career came to a halt when she was 19-years-old.

When touring with the Iranian National Ballet in Tehran, she was forced to flee the country following the Islamic Revolution.

It was then that she auditioned for new jobs, which ultimately lead to her winning the role of assistant to Paul Daniels in 1979.

In 1980, she appeared in the magician’s London stage show It’s Magic, which became the longest running magic show in the West End.

After hitting it off, the theatrical duo got married in 1988.

Paul and Debbie were TV regulars following their successful magic careers
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What TV shows has Debbie McGee been in?

Following her theatrical success, McGee was a regular on British telly.

She is most famous for appearing on BBC One’s The Paul Daniels Magic Show, which ran for 15 years.

Debbie also appeared on Caroline Aherne’s The Mrs Merton Show in 1995.

Her other TV appearances include The Farm, The X Factor: Battle of the Stars, Wife Swap, and Celebrity MasterChef.

In 2017, Debbie was revealed as a contestant on Celebrity MasterChef
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What else is Debbie McGee famous for?

As well as her successful television career, McGee is a radio regular.

In 2014, she presented Box Jumpers, a documentary that focused on the work of magician’s assistants.

She also hosts a regular Sunday morning radio show on BBC Radio Berkshire.

Earlier this year, she was one of four celebrities who appeared on Channel 5’s Celebrities Carry On Barging.

Following the tragic death of her husband, Debbie has struggled to come to terms with being alone
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When is Strictly Come Dancing 2017 on and who are the judges?

Strictly Come Dancing launched on September 9 on BBC One, with the live shows kicking off on September 23.

Strictly always airs on BBC One in two parts. The main show is on Saturday normally around 7pm and the results show airs on Sunday at a similar time.

There will be a Christmas special again in 2017, with the celebrity participants expected to be announced in early November.

This year sees a new judging lineup after head judge Len Goodman retired.

He will be replaced by Shirley Ballas who joins returning judges Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel-Horwood on the panel.

There will be three new professional dancers joining the existing pros; Dianne Buswell, Amy Dowden and Nadiya Bychkova.


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