It's never too late to begin something new, because the following bio is of a person who began dancing at the age of 19. Born in Bromley, England on 25th April 1944, Leonard Gordon Goodman is 71 years of age and has been active in the dance/TV industry since 1967.
A TV personality, acclaimed dancer and dance instructor by profession, Goodman was born to Leonard Gordon Goodman (an electrician) and Louisa Adelaide. After moving to Blackfen at the age of 6, he went to Westwood Secondary Modern School, where he was also a part of the cricket squad. Her worked for some time as a welding apprentice for Harland and Wolff who were based in Woolwich, and soon found his interest in dance at the age of 19. He soon was a pro winning countless contests, but it was only after winning the British Championships that he retired from professional dancing competitions, in his late 20's.
Goodman's TV career began in 2004 as a judge for Strictly Come Dancing, and then as the head judge for Dancing with the Stars, which actually is an American adaptation of Strictly Come Dancing. He was in all of the series (alongside Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Julianne Hough who joined from 2014 onwards) since the show's inception until the 21st season, after which he left but is expected to return very soon. Goodman also hosted and interviewed the people concerned for a documentary made by the BBC and broadcast by PBS commemorating 100 years of the maiden voyage and sinking of Titanic, based on his experience of working as a teenaged welder at Harland and Wolff. Apart from this, he has hosted many other TV shows and a radio show on BBC 2.
One of Goodman's great-great-grandfathers from his mother's side was a Polish immigrant, who was also a part of the November Uprising that fought in the side of the anti-tsarist revolutionaries and was honored with the highest military award in Poland, called Virtuti Militari. Another one of his ancestors (again maternal) was a silk-weaver who died very poor in the workhouse at Bethnel Green. It was during his appearance on a BBC show Who Do You Think You Are? in 2011 that Goodman found these interesting facts.
His wife currently is Sue Barrett, and the couple has been married since 30th December 2012. He was earlier married and divorced to Cherry Kingston from 1972 to 1987, and the affair resulted in 1 son who teaches Latin and dance at Goodman's dance academy.
Goodman was also the dance consultant for Smith Rupert's Strictly Come Dancing, that was published in 2005 by BBC books. He is also featured in Farm Food's ads, and is a Taurean by zodiac sign. For his contributions to the field of dance, Goodman received the Carl Alan Award, and twice in 2006 and 2007 he was an Emmy Award nominee in the category of Outstanding Reality/Competition Program.
Len Goodman has a net worth of $12 million, but monetary terms aside he has been acclaimed by over 2 generations dance enthusiasts.