Dancing On Ice: Who is Rebekah Vardy and who is her skating partner?

Vardy takes to the ice this year with professional partner Andy Buchanan

Annabel Nugent
Sunday 17 January 2021 20:03
Dancing on Ice 2021 trailer

Dancing on Ice has returned to screens for its 13th season tonight (17 January).

The ITV competition is back with a line-up of 12 new celebrities partnering up with professional skaters in an effort to be crowned this year’s winners.

Among the new stars to enter the series is Rebekah Vardy. Joining Vardy as her partner is professional ice skater Andy Buchanan, who has previously competed twice on the show.

Buchanan first starred on the programme opposite TV presenter Anthea Turner in season eight, and then with Coronation Street actor Zaraah Abrahams in season nine.

Vardy has become a familiar face as both a television presenter and model.

In 2017, the 38-year-old appeared on the 17th season of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, however, she was voted out of the jungle early on in the series.

Her other TV credits include starring as a guest panelist and presenter on Loose Women. She has also appeared on Good Morning Britain, This Morning, and Jeremy Vine.

Vardy is also married to professional footballer Jamie Vardy, who is currently playing in the Premier League as a striker for Leicester City.

The couple met in 2014 when Vardy was working as a nightclub promoter and married two years later. Together, they have three children. Last year, the pair starred in two episodes of Celebrity Gogglebox.

In October 2019, Coleen Rooney – who is married to professional footballer Wayne Rooney – accused Vardy of leaking stories about her to the press over the course of five months.

In July, Vardy filed for defamation claiming that she had been falsely accused. The highly publicised feud – dubbed “Wagatha Christie” – is still ongoing. 

Both Vardy and Rooney have agreed to a stay of proceedings until February, suggesting that they will attempt to resolve the issue privately without the need for a full trial.

Vardy and her husband currently live in Lincolnshire with their family.

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