Karen with Mark Ramprakash

In 2006, our Studio boss Karen Hardy hit the headlines across the world when she won BBC Strictly Come Dancing with Mark Ramprakash.

Right from the first step, it was clear the pair had the chemistry – and former cricketer Mark the ability – to go far in the competition. And so it was on December 23, 2006, to a UK audience of 13 million people, Karen and Mark took the Strictly crown after a tense final show featuring Emma Bunton with Darren Bennett and Matt Dawson with Lilia Kopylova.

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