Who is Pasha Kovalev? Strictly 2018 pro and Rachel Riley's boyfriend

This year he's partnered with singer and presenter Ashley Roberts and will be hoping to go a lot further than last year. Here's the lowdown on him.

Who is Pasha Kovalev, how old is he and what is his background?

Pasha Kovalev is a 38-year-old professional dancer known for his work on Strictly Come Dancing.

Born in Siberia, Pasha began dancing at the age of eight and competed in the US series So You Think You Can Danc.

Pasha moved to the UK in 2011 to take part in his first series of Strictly Come Dancing, where he competed with Chelsee Healey.

In series eleven, Pasha competed with Countdown queen Rachel Riley – and shortly after the show Riley split from her husband.

A few months later, Rachel and Pasha announced they'd started a relationship and remain together to this day.

In 2016 Pasha was been paired with BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty and they left in week four.

Despite only having been a part of the show for six years, Pasha has been a hit with both the viewers and the judges.

Has Pasha ever won Strictly?

In the 2012 series, Pasha lifted the Glitterball trophy with partner Caroline Flack – they historically scored four "perfect 40s", a feat unmatched in the history of the show.

Pasha describes his teaching style as "patience, patience, patience".

When he's not dancing, Pasha says he enjoys reading, films, travel and food.


 

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