Better Late Than Never: From Barrow Boy to Ballroom

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Better Late Than Never is the extraordinary story of how a man born into poverty in London's East End went on to find stardom late in life when he was chosen to be head judge on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing. Len will be telling all about his new found fame, not only his experiences on Strictly Come Dancing, but also on Dancing with Stars and his encounters with the likes of Heather Mills-McCartney. But the real story is in his East End roots. And Len's early life couldn't be more East End. The son of a Bethnal Green costermonger, he spent his formative years running the fruit and veg barrow and being bathed at night in the same water they used to cook the beetroot. There are echoes of Billy Elliot too. Though Len was a welder in the London Docks, he dreamed of being a professional footballer, and came close to making the grade had he not broken his foot on Hackney Marshes. The doctor recommended ballroom dancing as a light aid to his recovery. And Len, it turned out, was a natural. At first his family and coworkers mocked, but soon he had made the final of a national competition and the welders descended on mass to the Albert hall to cheer him on. With his dance partner, and then wife Cheryl, Len won the British Championships in his late twenties and retired soon after. Funny and heart warming, Len's autobiography is full of honest East End charm.

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Len Goodman is a professional dance judge who also teaches ballroom and Latin dancing at the school he runs in Dartford, Kent. He travels all over the world lecturing, teaching, and judging.

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