Daniel Whiston

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Dan Whiston
Whiston and Hayley Tamaddon on the Dancing on Ice tour in 2010
Born (1976-11-21) 21 November 1976 (age 47)
Blackpool, England
Figure skating career

Daniel J Whiston (born 21 November 1976) is an English ice skater. He appeared in Strictly Ice Dancing on BBC One in 2004 and for all series of ITV show Dancing on Ice since its inception in 2006. He won the first series of Dancing on Ice while partnering actress Gaynor Faye, the fifth series with former Emmerdale actress Hayley Tamaddon and the eighth series with Olympic artistic gymnast, Beth Tweddle. Since 2019, Whiston has been Associate Creative Director of Dancing on Ice responsible for creating all professional routines and training all celebrity contestants.

In 2020, Whiston was Director of Choreography for ITV's The Real Full Monty on Ice.


Whiston was born on 21 November 1976 in Blackpool and is the son of Marj and William Whiston,[1] he still lives in Blackpool. He started ice skating at the age of seven at the Blackpool Pleasure Beach's Ice Arena. He worked in the Arena and took part in his first show there when he was 18 years old. He also appeared in a tour of Grease on Ice in North America,[2] and appeared in the Hot Ice Show at the Arena until 2006.[3] He appears in the DVDs of the Hot Ice shows Quixotic, Xylatomia, H2O, Amarin and Chill.[citation needed]


Whiston appeared in the one-off Strictly Ice Dancing broadcast on BBC One on 26 December 2004.

Whiston performed at the 2010 Royal Variety Show, performing a combination of roller-blading and acrobatic.[4] In 2020, Whiston was Director of Choreography for ITV's The Real Full Monty on Ice.

Dancing on Ice[edit]

Whiston has appeared in all series of Dancing on Ice since ITV started broadcasting it in January 2006, he is the first and only professional skater to win the show three times. He is famous for his cheeky wink at the start of each performance. On 21 May 2013, ITV confirmed that Dancing on Ice would end in 2014 after its ninth series meaning that with three wins as a professional Whiston will become the most successful professional partner in the show's history. Whiston returned to Dancing on Ice for its tenth series in January 2018 as a professional and again in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 as Associate Creative Director.

Series (Year) Celebrity Partner Place
1 (2006) Gaynor Faye 1st
2 (2007) Emily Symons 4th
3 (2008) Linda Lusardi 6th
4 (2009) Roxanne Pallett 6th
5 (2010) Hayley Tamaddon 1st
6 (2011) Kerry Katona 8th
7 (2012) Jennifer Ellison 4th
8 (2013) Beth Tweddle 1st
9 (2014) Hayley Tamaddon 2nd
10 (2018) Cheryl Baker 9th

Whiston won the first series of Dancing on Ice on 3 March 2006 with partner, actress Gaynor Faye, [5] He was also a presenter at the British Soap Awards on 24 May 2006.[6]

In the second series in 2007 Whiston reached the semi-finals, finishing fourth, with actress Emily Symons, before being eliminated in a skate-off against singer Duncan James and his partner, Maria Filippov. With Symons also appearing in the soap opera, Emmerdale set in and filmed in West Yorkshire, they initially trained at Bradford Ice Arena in Bradford each week before travelling down to London for dress rehearsals.

In the third series in 2008, Whiston was partnered with another Emmerdale actress, Linda Lusardi and again they initially trained in Bradford. Following Lusardi's departure from the soap, and subsequent return to her family home in the south of England, it was revealed that Whiston had temporarily moved in with her family, to enable them to practise without the need for excessive travelling.[7] Initial training was problematic as Lusardi broke her foot. They were voted out in week seven, finishing sixth, in a skate-off with actress Zaraah Abrahams and her partner Fred Palascak. Both Whiston and Lusardi appeared in the Dancing on Ice Tour 2008.[7]

In the fourth series in 2009, Whiston was partnered with Roxanne Pallett, another former Emmerdale actress. In week 8 they were in the skate off against Zöe Salmon and Matt Evers and were eliminated 5-0.

Whiston won the fifth series of Dancing on Ice on 28 March 2010 with yet another former Emmerdale actress and childhood friend Hayley Tamaddon.[8]

In the sixth series in 2011, Whiston was partnered with former Reality TV Star Kerry Katona. They were eliminated in week 5, in a skate off against Jeff Brazier & partner Isabelle Gauthier.

In the seventh series in 2012 Whiston's Partner was Brookside actress Jennifer Ellison. They were eliminated in the semi-final against Jorgie Porter and her partner Matt Evers.

Whiston won the eighth series of Dancing on Ice on 10 March 2013 and became a three-time champion with Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle.

Whiston returned for his ninth series of Dancing on Ice for its "All-Star" series in 2014 with Hayley Tamaddon whom he won the show with in 2010. They made it to the final on 9 March 2014 and finished as runners-up.

When Dancing On Ice returned in 2018 for its 10th series, Whiston competed with singer Cheryl Baker from Bucks Fizz. They were eliminated in week 5, in a skate off against Donna Air and her partner Mark Hanretty.

Fitness instructor[edit]

Whiston trained as a fitness and Zumba instructor in 2014 and runs a number of classes across the Fylde Coast.[citation needed]


Following Dancing on Ice, in December 2015 Whiston starred in the panto Snow White as Prince Charming at the Grand Theatre[permanent dead link], Blackpool. The theatre reported the panto as its best-selling show ever.

In October 2016 Whiston starred in Intimissimi on Ice with international opera great Andrea Bocelli in Verona, Italy.[9]

Business interests[edit]

With business partner and fellow ice skater Karen Barber, Whiston owns a number of Subway restaurants across Lancashire. In 2017 Whiston, Karen Barber and their business partners opened Clip n' Climb Blackpool - an indoor climbing and activity attraction.

Personal life[edit]

Whiston lives close to his family in Blackpool. While maintaining his businesses and skating, he is also a Patron of Fylde children's hospice Brian House He regularly supports events for Brian House and in 2014 organised a charity Zumbathon to raise money.[10]


  1. ^ "Fylde's Dancing on Ice star back to the floor". www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk.
  2. ^ Ritchie, Mark (4 May 2006). "Daniel Whiston". The Stage. Retrieved 30 May 2008.
  3. ^ "BBC Inside Out -". www.bbc.co.uk.
  4. ^ "EABF - Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund / Variety News". www.eabf.org.uk. Archived from the original on 17 November 2010. Retrieved 17 December 2010.
  5. ^ "Cool guy Dan still in shock at TV triumph". Blackpool Gazette. 7 March 2006. Retrieved 30 May 2008.
  6. ^ "The British Soap Awards 2006". Internet Movie Database. 2006. Retrieved 30 May 2008.
  7. ^ a b "Ice stars' Dan and Linda jet off to US". Blackpool Gazette. 14 March 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2008.
  8. ^ Harris, Emma (8 January 2010). "Local duo favourites for TV crown". Blackpool Gazette. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  9. ^ "Dan Whiston's magical show with Andrea Bocelli in Italy".
  10. ^ "Zumbathon with Dan Whiston - Trinity Hospice". Archived from the original on 21 September 2017. Retrieved 21 September 2017.

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Preceded by
Dancing on Ice Champion
(with partner Gaynor Faye)

Series 1 (2006)
Succeeded by
Preceded by Dancing on Ice Champion
(with partner Hayley Tamaddon)

Series 5 (2010)
Succeeded by
Preceded by Dancing on Ice Champion
(with partner Beth Tweddle)

Series 8 (2013)
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