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Comedian Bill Bailey is now the bookies favourite to win Strictly Come Dancing, according to Ladbrokes, having overtaken both Maisie Smith and HRVY.
The 55-year-old star has also won the respect of notoriously frosty judge Craig Revel Horwood who recently appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show, saying: “I love Bill Bailey. He’s amazing. I was dissing him before, I’d never seen him dance.
“I thought there’s no way, he’ll be useless… but actually he’s put his heart and soul into it and I totally and utterly respect that.”
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But what is his life like away from the ballroom floor? Here is everything you need to know about Bill Bailey.
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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