Erin Boag

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Erin Boag
Anton du Beke and Erin Boag -Symphony Hall -Birmingham 27j2008.jpg
Anton du Beke and Erin Boag at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham (photo January 2008)
Born (1975-03-17) 17 March 1975 (age 40)
New Zealand
Occupation Professional ballroom dancer
Known for Strictly Come Dancing (2004—12)

Erin Boag (born 17 March 1975) is a professional ballroom dancer. She has danced from the age of three, originally starting ballet and later moving into ballroom, Latin and jazz. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, she moved to Australia as a teenager to progress her dancing career, before moving to London in 1996.

Boag is an honorary patron of the theatre charity The Music Hall Guild of Great Britain and America.

Professional career[edit]

Boag's regular professional partner is Anton du Beke. They met in 1997 and won the 1998 and 1999 New Zealand Championships. They turned professional in 2002, competing mainly in the United Kingdom. Their best result on the competition circuit was in November 2003 when they won the IDTA Classic in England. They appeared on the first 10 series of Strictly Come Dancing. Boag has not appeared on Strictly Come Dancing since Series 10 although Anton du Beke still appears on the show.

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

Boag has competed in the first ten series and six Christmas Specials of the BBC's television series Strictly Come Dancing with the following results:

  • Fourth in Series 1 in 2004 with rugby league player Martin Offiah. They were eliminated in week six.
  • Third in Series 2 with comedian Julian Clary.
  • In the 2004 Christmas Special, she was joined again by Martin Offiah.
  • Runner-up in 2005 with hurdling champion and record holder Colin Jackson.
  • Joined Colin Jackson again in the 2005 Christmas Special.
  • Eliminated in week 7 of the 2006 competition, dancing with footballer Peter Schmeichel.
  • For the Christmas Special 2006, she was joined again by Colin Jackson. After the combined scores of the judges' marks and the votes of the studio audience, Colin and Erin won the competition, after getting the full 40 marks from the judges.
  • Knocked out of the 2007 competition in week 3 with her partner, snooker player Willie Thorne.
  • Eliminated in Week 12 of the 2008 competition, with Austin Healey. They were placed fourth in the competition.
  • Eliminated in Week 10 of the 2009 competition with actor Ricky Groves.
  • In the 2009 Christmas Special, she was joined again by Austin Healey.
  • For the 2010 competition she was paired with England football legend Peter Shilton: they were eliminated in week four.
  • For the Christmas Special 2010, she partnered Liberal Democrats politician and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable, himself a keen amateur ballroom dancer[1]
  • For the 2011 series, she was partnered with impressionist Rory Bremner. They were eliminated in week four.[2]
  • For the 2011 Christmas Special, she partnered Barry McGuigan.
  • For the 2012 series, she partnered Daybreak presenter Richard Arnold.

2012 results[edit]

Week Dance Song Judges' scores Result
Horwood Bussell Goodman Tonioli Total
1 Waltz "You Don't Bring Me Flowers"—Barbra Streisand 5 5 7 5 22 Safe
2 Cha-Cha-Cha "Love Shack"—B52s 3 6 5 5 19 Bottom Two (Saved by the Judges)
3 Quickstep "9 to 5"—9 to 5 (film) 6 7 6 6 25 Safe
4 Paso Doble "O Fortuna"—Carl Orff 5 5 7 5 22 Safe
5 Foxtrot "Big Spender"—Shirley Bassey 3 5 5 4 17 Bottom two (Saved by the Judges)
6 Charleston "Pencil Full of Lead"—Paolo Nutini 7 8 7 7 29 Safe
7 Salsa "Club Tropicana"—Wham 5 6 7 6 24 Eliminated

Personal life[edit]

After being introduced by Camilla Dallerup, Boag became engaged to business consultant Peter O'Dowd on Christmas Eve 2007. They were married on 17 June 2009, in Italy. On 24 April 2014, Erin gave birth via emergency caesarean section to a baby boy named Ewan Robert Geoffrey O'Dowd. He was born on his father's 50th birthday and Erin's professional dancing partner Anton du Beke is the child's godfather.[3]


  1. ^ "Vince Cable to star in Christmas Strictly Come Dancing". BBC News. 16 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-16. 
  2. ^ "Erin Boag". BBC Strictly Come Dancing Web-site. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  3. ^ "Up Close and Personal". 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Denise Lewis and Ian Waite
Strictly Come Dancing runner up
(with partner Colin Jackson)

Series 3 (2005)
Succeeded by
Matt Dawson and Lilia Kopylova