Inside Strictly Come Dancing winner Bill Bailey’s family life including ‘wild wife’

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Comedian Bill Bailey, 55, has won this year's Strictly Come Dancing, alongside his professional dance partner Oti Mabuse, 30.

On Saturday night the pair fought off fierce competition from fellow finalists HRVY and Janette Manrara, Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer and Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez.

After winning, Bill said: "It feels surreal, extraordinary and wonderful.

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"I never thought we would get this far. I never thought we'd get to the final.

"I've had the most extraordinary teacher and the most extraordinary dancer.

"Someone who has believed in me right from the beginning. She found something in me and turned me into this – into a dancer. Thank you Oti."

But aside from being a champion on the ballroom floor, what is Bill's life like away from the limelight?

Who is Bill Bailey?

Bill Bailey is a British comedian and actor, chiefly known for his prolificness on panel shows such as Have I Got News For You, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and QI.

He is a successful standup comic as well as a trained classical musician, and music often features in his performances.

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Is Bill Bailey in a relationship?

Bill Bailey is married to wife Kristin, and they have been for 22 years.

The two met at one of Bill’s gigs in 1987 when she was running a bar in Edinburgh. The comedian was initially attracted to her “wild spirit”.

They kept in contact because Bill wrote Kristen letters for an entire year before they started dating.

Bill described their decision to get married in an interview with The Independent in 2009.

He said: “We were travelling around Asia and sailed into a place called Banda, with a beautiful lagoon, and a smoking volcano on one side and a Dutch colonial fort, an old church and remains of a little town on the other.

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“We decided to get married there and then.”

Do Kristin and Bill Bailey have children together?

The pair have 17-year-old son together called Dax.

In an interview with The Guardian, Bill revealed that his son was named after someone they met while travelling.

The comedian said: "Contrary to popular belief, Dax is not named after a Star Trek character.

"The name came from a friend of ours who married an Indonesian man.

"They had a son called Dax and we just always associated it with being in Indonesia and always said, 'If ever we have a child, that'll be in the running'."

Where does Bill Bailey live?

Bill lives in Brackenbury Village, an area of Hammersmith in West London.

Describing why he likes this area, which he has been in for 27 years, he said: "I like the mix: the theatre, cinema, river, market stalls, the history…"

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