Everything you need to know about Strictly Come Dancing’s Kate Silverton

Kate Silverton is set to swap gritty headlines for glittery hemlines after being confirmed as the latest addition to Strictly Come Dancing 2018.

The 48-year-old journalist has signed-up for the annual competition after being a fan of the BBC series for many years.

Speaking of her excitement, the BBC newsreader said: "I love music. I love dancing with the children in the kitchen. I’d love to be paired with Aljaz [Skorjanec, last year’s runner-up]."

But what else should we know about her and how likely is she to win the glitterball trophy?

Here’s all the essential information…

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Who is Kate Silverton?

Kate was born in Walthan Abbey, Essex, on 4 August 1970.

As a child she was big on competitive sports and became a dedicated swimmer – even becoming a junior champion. But, as she grew up, she focused more of her time on the Girl Guides.

After that, she studied at Durham University where she graduated with a degree in psychology.

She then worked at a bank before training as a journalist and snagging a role on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff.

Who is her husband Mike Heron and who are their children?

Kate has been married to husband Mike Heron since 2010.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, he’s also an over-achiever. Specifically, he’s a security consultant and former Royal Marine.

The pair met while on a course about hostile environments, which was fitting considering she was preparing to travel to Iraq where she was reporting on the war in 2005.

Kate Silverton and Mike Heron wedding

The couple wed in 2010 at St Bride’s Church in Fleet Street.

They braved the December snow for the big day, with Kate wearing a gorgeous off-shoulder gown which featured a lace bust and three-quarter length sleeves.

They share two children together; Wilbur, four, and Clemency, six.

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