Matthew Cutler

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Matthew Cutler
Born Matthew Cutler
(1973-10-30) 30 October 1973 (age 40)
Chelmsford, Essex, England
Occupation Dancer
Spouse(s) Nicole Cutler (1996-2003)

Matthew David Cutler (born 30 October 1973) is an English dancer and former World Amateur Latin-American champion. He was a professional dancer on the BBC dancing show, Strictly Come Dancing.

Early life[edit]

Cutler was born in Chelmsford, Essex. His mother is Betty Cutler. His father is David Cutler and his brother, fashion designer Jason Cutler designs all his clothes - personal and professional.[citation needed]

When he was four, his family moved to Southend on Sea, Essex, where he went to Earls Hall Primary School and Cecil Jones Secondary School, now Cecil Jones College. He started dancing classes in a church hall in Southend and took part in school competitions and other competitions in Chelmsford.

By the age of ten, he was winning most competitions and a judge suggested that he entered more challenging competitions.

Cutler took ballroom lessons in Birmingham and Latin classes in Hendon and took part in open competitions, supported by his parents. He won the World Amateur Championship with his then-wife Nicole Cutler in 1999 and went on to win many other competitions. They were later divorced in 2003 and went on to work with different professional partners, reuniting in 2006 and in October 2009, the Cutlers started the Semley Club Dance Academy in Norbury, UK where they teach dance.

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

Cutler joined the third series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2005, when he and Siobhan Hayes left in week one. He partnered Carol Smillie in 2006, reaching week nine, and won the competition in 2007 with partner Alesha Dixon. In January/February 2008 Matthew competed with ex- Olympian Denise Lewis on the Strictly Come Dancing Tour. He partnered Christine Bleakley in the 2008 series and finished 5th overall. In January/February 2009 Matthew danced with Kristina Rihanoff on the Strictly Come Dancing Tour. For the 2009 series of Strictly Matthew partnered Tennis ace Martina Hingis. He and Martina were the first couple to leave the 2009 series. His professional partner for 2009 was one of the new girls Aliona Vilani. He did not return for the eighth series in Autumn 2010 but returned for the Christmas special, partnering Fern Britton.

Awards[edit]

He has twice received the Carl Alan Award for an outstanding contribution to dance.

Professional[edit]

  • Strictly Come Dancing champion (partnered with singer Alesha Dixon), 2007
  • World, Open British, International and UK Professional Latin finalist, 2000–2005
  • International Professional Latin finalist, 2004
  • World and European Professional Latin finalist, 2005
  • British Closed Professional Latin Champion, 2004
  • UK Closed Professional Latin Champion, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005
  • World Masters Professional Latin Champion, 2000

Amateur[edit]

  • UK Open Amateur Champion 2000
  • Open British Amateur Champions 1997, 1999
  • World, European & International Amateur Champion 1999
  • Closed British Amateur Champions 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999
  • Closed UK Amateur Champions 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
  • Dutch Open Amateur Latin Champions 1998, 1999
  • South African Open Amateur Champions 1990, 1994

Other TV appearances[edit]

  • Come Dancing, 1992–1995
  • International Come Dancing, 1996
  • One off Xmas Special of Come Dancing, 1998
  • Burn The Floor, 1999
  • Diet On The Dancefloor, 2008
  • Ready Steady Cook, 2009

References[edit]

  • Dines, Nick (January 2009). "Glitterball Glory". Essex Life (Archant Life): pp. 50–53.  (Registration required)

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Mark Ramprakash and Karen Hardy
Strictly Come Dancing Champion
(with partner Alesha Dixon)

Series 5 (2007)
Succeeded by
Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup