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Curtis Pritchard
Born (1996-02-08) 8 February 1996 (age 28)
Years active 2017–present
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Television Dancing with the Stars
Love Island
The Greatest Dancer
Relatives AJ Pritchard (brother)

Curtis Pritchard (born 8 February 1996) is an English dancer and choreographer, known for his role as a professional dancer on the Irish version of Dancing with the Stars. In 2019, Pritchard appeared in the fifth series of the British dating reality series Love Island, finishing in fourth place.

Early life

Pritchard was born on 8 February 1996 in Stoke-on-Trent, England.


Dancing with the Stars

In 2017, Pritchard was announced as one of the professional dancers for the first series of Ireland's Dancing with the Stars. He was partnered with model Thalia Heffernan. They were eliminated in week four of the competition, finishing in tenth place.

In 2018, Pritchard was partnered with businesswoman Norah Casey. On 21 January, Casey and Pritchard became the first couple to be eliminated from the competition.

For the 2019 series, Pritchard was due to be partnered with model Holly Carpenter, but following an attack on 27 December 2018, he was ruled out competing for five weeks. He was replaced by former Strictly Come Dancing professional, Trent Whiddon. In November 2019, Pritchard confirmed that he would not return for a fourth series.

Series Partner Place
1 Thalia Heffernan 10th
2 Norah Casey 11th

Series 1 (2017)

Celebrity partner
Thalia Heffernan; Average: 19; Place: 10th
Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Total Result
Redmond Barry Benson
1 No dance performed No elimination
2 Quickstep / "Counting Stars" 5 5 6 16
3 Rumba / "High Hopes" 7 7 7 21 Safe
4 Jive / "Happy" 6 7 7 20 Eliminated

Series 2 (2018)

Celebrity partner
Norah Casey; Average: 16; Place: 11th
Week No. Dance/Song Judges' score Total Result
Redmond Barry Benson
1 No dance performed No elimination
2 Foxtrot / "Nora" 5 5 5 15
3 Paso Doble / "Señorita" 5 6 6 17 Eliminated

Other ventures

In June 2019, Pritchard began appearing as a contestant on the fifth series of the ITV2 dating reality series Love Island. In July 2019, it was announced that Pritchard, along with his brother AJ, would appear as guest choreographers on the BBC Three reality series RuPaul's Drag Race UK. In December 2019 Pritchard appeared alongside his Love Island colleague Tommy Fury in a series called The Boxer and The Ballroom Dancer on ITV2 in which they swapped careers, with Pritchard taking up boxing and Fury trying ballroom dancing. 2020, saw him appear in BBC One's The Greatest Dancer as a receptionist. Later that year, it was announced that he would be starring in Celebs Go Dating: The Mansion. In February 2021, it was announced that Pritchard would be making his acting debut in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks, alongside his brother. He portrayed the role of Jacob; their acting abilities were the subject of widespread criticism. In February 2023, Pritchard competed on the reality-competition series The Challenge UK. In November 2023, Pritchard was a contestant on the first season of Love Island Games.

Personal life

From 2016 Pritchard was in a relationship with fellow Dancing with the Stars professional dancer, Emily Barker. In early 2019 it was reported the couple were no longer an item.

On 27 December 2018, he and his brother AJ, along with two others, were attacked in an "unprovoked assault" on a night out in Nantwich. He needed an emergency operation to his knee and was unable to appear on Dancing with the Stars. A 20-year-old man was arrested and released.

Pritchard began dating Maura Higgins following their appearance together on Love Island. In March 2020, Higgins confirmed that they had split.


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