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Bill Bailey: ‘I dreamed I was cha-cha-cha-ing between the stones at Stonehenge’

This year’s Strictly winner on bringing heavy metal to the Beeb, finding an unlikely fan in Janet Jackson and inspiring older dancers

Bath-born Bill Bailey, 55, is an award-winning comedian and classically trained multi-instrumentalist who incorporates music into his standup performances. Last week, with dance partner Oti Mabuse, he won the 18th series of Strictly Come Dancing, becoming the BBC contest’s oldest ever winner.

How has life been since winning Strictly?
I’m enjoying just pottering at home. Normally I’d be in my training gear, jumping up and down on one leg, wearing some weird contraption to perfect my posture, with Oti going, “No! Again! Again!”. I’m missing it, obviously, but I’m allowing myself to be slightly lazy for a while.

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