Dancing On Ice Ryan Sidebottom: Wife, age, cricket career and height revealed

28 December 2018, 15:17 | Updated: 3 January 2019, 15:05

Ryan Sidebottom strikes a pose at the Dancing On Ice 2019 series launch
Ryan Sidebottom strikes a pose at the Dancing On Ice 2019 series launch. Picture: Getty

The cricket ace is hoping to skate all the way to victory in Dancing on Ice 2019 with professional skater Brandee Malto.

Ryan Sidebottom has been confirmed as one of the celebrity contestants for Dancing on Ice 2019.

The sportsman is best known for representing his country on the international cricket arena but now he is hoping to skate his way to victory with professional Brandee Malto.

Going head to head in the competition against the likes of Brian McFadden and James Jordan, here's everything you need to know about the sportsman from his wife to his height:

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Ryan with pro partner Brandee Malto will participate in Dancing on Ice 2019
Ryan with pro partner Brandee Malto will participate in Dancing on Ice 2019. Picture: Getty

Who is Ryan Sidebottom and how tall is he?

Ryan Jay Sidebottom is a 40-year-old former cricketer, born in January 1978.

During his cricket career, Ryan represented England on an international level as well as playing regionally for both Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire.

With a towering height of 6ft4in, Ryan's impressive stats include notching up more than 1,000 wickets before retiring in September 2017. He also became the only person in the last 15 years to win 5 county championships.

Ryan's wife, children and personal battle

In September 2018, Ryan told The Sun how his retirement made him sink into a 'deep, dark hole' as he battled anxiety following his career change.

Ryan shares two children with his wife Kate.

Ryan with wife Kate
Ryan is married to wife Kate who he has two children with. Picture: Getty

What has Ryan Sidebottom said about Dancing on Ice?

Confirming his role on the show, Ryan announced: "I'm just going to enjoy the ride, I don't take myself too seriously."

Despite experiencing a fall during training sessions, Ryan mostly seems confident of his chances on the ice thanks to the tutoring from pro partner Brandee Malto.

Sharing a picture of the American pro, Ryan gushed about their partnership and dubbed them 'the dream team'.

He put: "Blessed to have this little smiley star @JustBrandee as my partner. Been a brilliant three days of skating with lot of laughter and hard work."