Whiston and Hayley Tamaddon on the Dancing on Ice tour in 2010
21 November 1976 |
Daniel J Whiston (born 21 November 1976 in Blackpool) is an English ice skater. He appeared in Strictly Ice Dancing on BBC One and all series of ITV show Dancing on Ice. He won the first series of Dancing on Ice while partnering actress Gaynor Faye, the fifth series with former Emmerdale actress Hayley Tamaddon and the eighth series with Olympic artistic gymnast, Beth Tweddle.
Whiston was born on 21 November 1976 in Blackpool and is the son of Marj and William Whiston, he now resides in Poulton-le-Fylde just outside Blackpool. He started ice skating at the age of seven at the Blackpool Pleasure Beach's Ice Arena. He worked in the Arena and took part in his first show there when he was 18 years old. He also appeared in a tour of Grease on Ice in North America, and appeared in the Hot Ice Show at the Arena until 2006. He appears in the DVDs of the Hot Ice shows Quixotic, Xylatomia, H2O, Amarin and Chill.
Whiston appeared in the one-off Strictly Ice Dancing broadcast on BBC One on 26 December 2004.
Dancing on Ice (2006-2014)
Whiston has appeared in every series of Dancing on Ice since ITV started broadcasting it in January 2006, he is the first and only professional skater to win the show three times. He is famous for his cheeky wink at the start of each performance. On 21 May 2013 ITV confirmed that Dancing on Ice would end in 2014 after its ninth series meaning that with three wins as a professional Whiston will become the most successful professional partner in the shows history.
His statistics are as follows:
|Series (Year)||Celebrity Partner||Place|
|1 (2006)||Gaynor Faye||1st|
|2 (2007)||Emily Symons||4th|
|3 (2008)||Linda Lusardi||6th|
|4 (2009)||Roxanne Pallett||6th|
|5 (2010)||Hayley Tamaddon||1st|
|6 (2011)||Kerry Katona||8th|
|7 (2012)||Jennifer Ellison||4th|
|8 (2013)||Beth Tweddle||1st|
In the second series in 2007 Whiston reached the semi-finals, finishing fourth, with actress Emily Symons, before being eliminated in a skate-off against singer Duncan James and his partner, Maria Filippov. With Symons also appearing in the soap opera, Emmerdale set in and filmed in West Yorkshire, they initially trained at Bradford Ice Arena in Bradford each week before travelling down to London for dress rehearsals.
In the third series in 2008, Whiston was partnered with another Emmerdale actress, Linda Lusardi and again they initially trained in Bradford. Following Lusardi's departure from the soap, and subsequent return to her family home in the south of England, it was revealed that Whiston had temporarily moved in with her family, to enable them to practise without the need for excessive travelling. Initial training was problematic as Lusardi broke her foot. They were voted out in week seven, finishing sixth, in a skate-off with actress Zaraah Abrahams and her partner Fred Palascak. Both Whiston and Lusardi appeared in the Dancing on Ice Tour 2008.
In the fourth series in 2009, Whiston was partnered with Roxanne Pallett another former Emmerdale actress. In week 8 Daniel and Roxanne were in the skate off against Zöe Salmon and Matt Evers and were eliminated 5-0.
In May 2008 it was revealed that Whiston would be working in his father's carpet fitting business on the Fylde coast over the summer with Whiston saying, "I've got a bit of time now before the next series, so I am taking a break and working for my dad for a bit. We just finished the tour of Dancing On Ice and it was absolutely fantastic, everywhere was sold out and I really enjoyed it. I will be carpet-fitting as well as going into people's houses delivering!" 
In February 2010 it was revealed that Whiston recently undertook a basic first aid course with the British Red Cross. He said: "As a coach as well as a skater, it’s really important that I’m able to help people if they hurt themselves. I really enjoyed the course and will definitely be renewing my certificate when it expires."
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|Dancing on Ice Champion
(with partner Gaynor Faye)
Series 1 (2006)
Kyran Bracken and Melanie Lambert
Ray Quinn and Maria Filippov
|Dancing on Ice Champion
(with partner Hayley Tamaddon)
Series 5 (2010)
Sam Attwater and Brianne Delcourt
Matthew Wolfenden and Nina Ulanova
|Dancing on Ice Champion
(with partner Beth Tweddle)
Series 8 (2013)