Katya Jones might have only joined Strictly Come Dancing in 2016, but she has established herself as one of the show's most popular pro dancers, having lifted the Glitterball trophy in 2017 with partner Joe McFadden. Whether it's her incredible moves on the dance floor, her flawless choreography, or an ongoing interest in her personal life, the Russian dancer has really captured the nation's interest – and she's showing no signs of slowing down. But how much do you know about Katya Jones? Find out everything you need to know about talented 30-year-old…
Katya Jones and Joe McFadden won Strictly in 2017
What is Katya Jones' net worth?
It's widely reported that Strictly professional dancers are paid between £30,000 and £35,000 per series – although that figure is believed to have risen to £50,000 for the 2018 series. The pros are said to be paid more if they also sign up to the Strictly live tour – just as Katya did in 2017. Katya herself is believed to have come from a privileged background; her father was a wealthy Russian businessman, while her mother is of Korean descent.
Life before Strictly
Katya was born on 12 May, 1989 – earlier this year she celebrated her 30th birthday. She was born in St Petersburg and started dancing when she was just six years old. She began a professional partnership with fellow Strictly dancer, and former husband, Neil Jones in 2008. And seven years later, they were married, and became the World Professional Latin Showdance Champions. They are also the four-times undefeated British National Professional Champions.
Katya and her 2019 partner, Mike Bushell
Strictly Come Dancing
Katya and Neil both signed up to Strictly in 2016; while Neil was not partnered up with a celebrity, Katya was famously paired with politician Ed Balls. Against all the odds, the couple did surprisingly well in the competition, eventually ending the series in sixth place. The following year, Katya was paired with Holby City actor Joe McFadden and the couple danced all the way to the final, going on to lift the coveted Glitterball trophy. In 2018, Katya was teamed up with comedian Seann Walsh, but the pair ended the competition in 11th place. Katya is partnered with BBC sports presenter Mike Bushell for the current series of the show.
Katya's personal life
Katya and Neil tied the knot in August 2013, after five years of dating. However, their marriage came under intense scrutiny in October 2018, when Katya was pictured kissing her Strictly dance partner, Seann Walsh. Katya and Seann later appeared on It Takes Two to apologise for their actions, with Katya stating: "I can't apologise enough to everyone who it hurt and involved. But, the main thing, me and Neil are absolutely fine and that's what matters to me the most right now and focusing on my job and doing it as professionally I can."
Katya and Neil Jones remain close despite their split
Sadly, just 10 months later, Katya and Neil announced the end of their marriage. In a joint statement, the couple stated that the split was "mutual", both pledging to "keep working and dancing together as well as exploring individual projects". "We wish one another every happiness and we will remain the best of friends," they said. "We are really looking forward to getting back to the ballroom and can't wait to keep on dancing."
Despite the end of their romance, the former couple have remained close. During an appearance on Loose Women in October, Katya was asked what her feelings were working alongside her ex. "Brilliant!" she replied. "We always help each other and send each other videos. If people are looking for things they will find things," she added. "But there really is nothing to look for."