Strictly Come Dancing stars pay tribute to Robin Windsor

Robin Windsor

Strictly Come Dancing stars have paid tribute to the show’s professional dancer Robin Windsor, who passed away this week at the age of 44.


During his tenure on the BBC One show from 2010 to 2013, he danced alongside celebrities such as Deborah Meaden, Lisa Riley, Anita Dobson, and Patsy Kensit.

He also danced with Great British Bake Off host Alison Hammond in the 2015 Christmas special.

In a statement announcing his death, production company Sisco Entertainment told BBC News: “His extraordinary ability to express emotion through movement captivated audiences, leaving them spellbound with every step.”

Robin Windsor

“Beyond his impeccable dancing, Robin’s vibrant spirit lit up the room, infusing rehearsals and performances with infectious energy and warmth.

“His laughter was contagious, his kindness boundless. His friendship was a gift cherished by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Robin, you will be deeply missed.”


No cause of death has been given.

BBC tribute

The BBC said in a statement: “The whole Strictly Come Dancing family are deeply saddened to hear the news about our dear friend Robin Windsor.

“He was not only an exceptionally talented dancer and choreographer but also a caring, considerate and kind person both on and off the dancefloor. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this extremely difficult time.”

Strictly judges and hosts pay their respects

Sharing a tribute on social media, Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood said: “I have just heard the tragic news my dear friend ’Bobby’ Robin Windsor has passed. He was one of the kindest, gentle, honest, funny and caring people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with.

Lisa Riley and Robin Windsor

“He will be forever missed. My heart goes out to all his family & friends. RIP darling man, you were truly loved x”

Shirley Ballas wrote: “I’m very saddened to hear the devastating news about this beautiful human being this morning. 💔 Robin Windsor… kind, gracious, gentle and extremely hard working.


“A wonderful dancer, true gentleman, good soul & so very young.

“You will be missed by so many. Rest in Peace.”

And former judge Bruno Tonioli said: “Incredibly sad shocking news. It was a pleasure working with Robin for many years at Strictly, so professional easy going a really good person.”

Strictly hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman also paid tribute online.

“Such terribly sad news today. Gone too young @robinwindsor 💔” wrote Tess on Instagram. “Your infectious personality, energy and talent will be deeply missed by all who knew you. My heart goes out to your loved ones at this time ♥️” Claudia meanwhile said the news was “heartbreaking”.

Lisa Riley’s emotional farewell

Robin’s former celebrity partner Lisa Riley shared pictures of the pair together during their time on Strictly.

The actress wrote: “💔💔💔My Bestie, My Robin, My Angel…….now our forever Angel, who is loved, will always be loved, forever in my heart……my very broken heart, I love you, shine your beautiful, electric energy from heaven. 💔💔💔 SHINE IN PEACE”


Fellow professionals pay tribute

Oti Mabuse said Robin was “one of the kindest, loving, professional, creative and beautiful humans”, while Neil Jones reflected: “Every moment I spent with Robin he was always a joy to be around with the biggest heart”.

Fellow former Strictly professional James Jordan added: “I had the pleasure of working with this man for many years on Strictly.

“Everyone who came in contact with him adored him, from his celebrity partners to his working colleagues. You will be missed old friend.”

Meanwhile dance company Burn The Floor wrote: “The Burn the Floor family has lost one of its founding members, Robin “Bobby” Windsor – who has tragically passed away.

“A BTF journeyman he danced with us for twenty years – including Broadway, The West End and all our crazy adventures around the world.”

They added: “He leaves a void in our hearts that will never be filled, yet our wonderful memories will stay forever.”

Finally, pro dancer turned judge Anton Du Beke penned: “Robin, a person I’ve known for the best part of twenty five years – from a young competitor to a star of Strictly Come Dancing. In my eyes he was always a star. We’re going to miss you, Robin.”

Robin’s remarkable career began at the tender age of three, thanks to his parents enrolling him in a local dance school in Ipswich.


Right from the start, he immersed himself in both Ballroom and Latin dance, setting him on a path to compete at the highest levels in these disciplines.

His talent saw him representing England, where he accumulated numerous championships, shining on both the domestic and international stages.