Joanne Clifton


Joanne Clifton was most recently seen playing the roles of “Bertha” and “Fastrada” in Pippin, at The Garden Theatre. Prior to this, she has starred as “Janet” in the No. 1 UK Tour of The Rocky Horror Show, “Alex Owens” in the No. 1 UK Tour of Flashdance, and “Dale Tremont” in Top Hat, where she received her second Offie nomination. Her first was for her acting debut as the Streetwalker in Iriving Berlin’s Face the Music.

Joanne is perhaps best known for her time on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.”After winning the World Professional Showdance Champion and the European Professional Ballroom Championship, she joined the show as a professional dancer. During her time on the show she performed in the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour, was an expert presenter on the programme’s backstage show It Takes Two, won the Christmas Special with McFly’s Harry Judd, and went on to win the Glitterball Trophy as the 2016 champion with her partner Ore Oduba.

Training: Team Diablo Academy, Bologna, Italy.

Theatre credits include: Berthe/Fastrada in Pippin; Janet in the No. 1 UK Tour of The Rocky Horror Show (Trafalgar Entertainment); Alex Owens in the No. 1 UK Tour of Flashdance (Selladoor Worldwide); Dale Tremont in Top Hat (Gatehouse Theatre); Millie Dillmount in the No. 1 UK Tour of Thoroughly Modern Millie (Spirit Productions); Marilyn Monroe in The Norma Jeane Musical (Stockwell Playhouse); Streetwalker (Offie-nominee) in Irving Berlin’s Face the Music; Professional dancer in Strictly Live Tour (UK Tour); Ensemble in Burn the Floor (Japan/Australian Tour); Featured act I Can’t Dance, Mane Chance Charity Gala (Theatre Royal Windsor).

Television credits include: Professional dancer and 2016 Champion in Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1); Professional dancer and 2015 Champion in Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special (BBC1); Expert presenter on It Takes Two (BBC2).

Radio credits include: Friday Night is Music Night (Hackney Empire, 2018).

Awards include: 2015 Offie Nominee for Best Supporting Actress; World Professional Showdance Champion; European Professional Ballroom Champion.