Biography: Darren was destined to dance, as both his parents were professional dancers who own one of the biggest dance studios in the country, and had entered his first competition by the age of seven. Five months after teaming up with his partner Lilia Kopylova in 1997, they won the International and British Youth Championships, and just two years later, the couple married. They turned professional in 2003 and have won major championships as well winning the prestigious Carl Alan Award for Ballroom, Latin and Sequence in February 2008. Darren first appeared in the second series of Strictly Come Dancing, and has competed in each series until the seventh series. In the series eight, Darren was one of the first professionals not to compete instead taking a role in the professional dance group performing demonstration dances on the show.
Speciality: Latin American
Height: 5' 7"
Professional Partner: Lilia Kopylova
Favourite Dances: Samba; Foxtrot
  • British National Professional Latin Champions 2005/06
  • World Professional Latin Finalists 2005
  • World Show Dance Champions 2004
  • World Professional Rising Star Champions 2003
  • 4 x British Amateur Latin Champions
  • 4 x UK Closed Amateur Latin Champions
  • W. European Amateur Latin Champions
  • World Amateur Latin Semi-Finalists
  • Official Website: http://www.darrenandlilia.com/
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    strictly come dancing history

    Series Celebrity Last week Position Last dance(s)
    2 Jill Halfpenny Final Winner Foxtrot; Jive; Show dance
    3 Gloria Hunniford 3 10th Jive
    4 Emma Bunton 11 3rd Argentine Tango; Salsa
    5 Letitia Dean 10 4th Waltz; Jive
    6 Jessie Wallace 4 =13th Quickstep
    7 Lynda Bellingham 4 13th Foxtrot

    christmas specials

    Darren competed in four Christmas Specials, dancing with Jill Halfpenny in 2004 and 2008, Emma Bunton in 2006 and Letitia Dean in 2007