Jay McGuiness, 26, is a singer, dancer and actor from Nottingham. From an early age he attended the Charlotte Hamilton dance school in his home town and went on to attend the prestigious Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama.
He is best known as 1/5 of the incredibly successful pop band, The Wanted. During 5 years together, the band scored ten Top 10 singles including two No 1’s. They performed to audiences all over the world and even starred in their own reality TV show for the E! network in the USA. The band announced a hiatus in January 2014 to pursue solo projects.
In 2015, Jay decided to turn his hand (or his feet) to another passion of his and joined the cast of the BBC’s number one rated show, Strictly Come Dancing. Together with his dance partner, Aliona Vilani, Jay put in some impressive performances week after week and became the early fans favourite. Their now world famous Jive has had the most views on YouTube of any dance in the show’s history, recently breaking the 3 million views mark. Jay went on to win ‘Strictly’ in December of 2015.
Alongside working on various TV projects he has recently broken into musical theatre getting the chance to put his dancing, singing and acting skills together performing the lead role of Josh Baskin in Big The Musical.