Mike Bushell is known for trying his hand at every and any sport in his role as a BBC Breakfast sports presenter, and now he's turned his attention to ballroom dancing, with a stint on Strictly Come Dancing. The father-of-three has teamed up with Katya Jones on the BBC show, and confirmed his appearance in a video filmed in the back garden of his home.
The 53-year-old lives with his wife Emily, who he married in Hampshire in May 2019 after a whirlwind romance. Mike has shared rare snippets into their home life, predominantly with photos and videos in his back garden featuring his pet cat and garden gnomes.
Mike Bushell shared a rare look at his home on Instagram
One of the gnomes even became a stand-in for Katya over the summer, as Mike shared his rendition of "Strictly Gnome Dancing". He told fans: "A bit wooden. It was the only partner I could find!! Any practice helps." Another snap, meanwhile, showed the "garden faces" on the patio and nestled among the plants in his back garden – including a gnome and model cat, as well as his pet.
The Strictly contestant shared a video from his back garden
In January, Mike showed how he was staying motivated for his Tri January fitness challenge by pinning a planner on the cupboard door in his kitchen. A video about the challenge shared a rare peek inside Mike's home, including his kitchen, which has a Samsung fridge-freezer, wooden framed mirror hanging on the wall, and a stash of sweets on top of the fridge.
The BBC sports presenter has had a memorable few months after marrying his wife Emily in May, following a year-long relationship. The couple's children from previous relationships played a starring role in their wedding day – Emily's son Josh gave her away, while Mike's three daughters were bridesmaids.
Mike lives with his wife Emily, who he married in May
Mike shares his children with his ex-wife Kim Payne. Their marriage ended in divorce in 2009 after 16 years. Speaking about his involvement in Strictly, Mike previously explained: "It feels like a weird dream. I am flying the flag for dad dancers."