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Lilia Kopylova

Lilia Kopylova



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Lilia started skating at a young age and became figur skating champion of Moscow. She then went on to study gymnastics and ballet and later went on to latin dancing. She is currently UK Latin Champion with her husband Darren Bennett and they both star on the popular…more


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  • Trivia

    • Lilia and her husband Darren were World & European Professional Latin Finalists.

    • Lilia was a British & UK Open Professional Latin Finalist with her husband Darren Bennett.

    • Lilia is the UK Closed Professional Latin Champion with her husband Darren Bennett.

    • Darren and Lilia recently joined a campaign to support one of Sheffield's most precious country corners. They visited Whirlow Hall Farm to help highlight the drive to raise £250,000 to keep the place running, and undertook a tour of the 133-acre farm.

    • On Christams Eve Darren Gough & Lilia returned to the screens to take part in the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special. They performed a Quickstep to Jingle Bells and were announced the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Champions.

    • Lilia dreams of having a dog.

    • Lilia won the third series of Strictly Come Dancing with her dance partner, cricketer, Darren Gough.

    • When she was voted out of the second series of Strictly Come Dancing, Lilia admits to crying for three hours afterwards.

    • Lilia lists her favourite pastime as "drinking games".

    • Lilia starred in the second series of Strictly Come Dancing, where she and her partner, singer Aled Jones reached the semi-final.

    • On trying to teach celebrities to dance for Strictly Come Dancing, "If you get a celebrity with a good sense of rhythm then you can pretty much do anything, but if you have one with no natural rhythm then there's nothing you can do!"

    • Lilia said that her perfect dance partner would be a man who is ready for a challenge and has a sense of humour.

    • Lilia started dancing when she was nine, but had previously studied figure skating and gymnastics.

    • Her favourite ballroom dance is the Foxtrot - she says, "It's a very original and very beautiful dance."

    • Her favourite Latin American dance is the Rumba.

    • Lilia is five foot three inches tall.

    • Lilia's professional dance partner is her husband, Darren Bennett.

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