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Christopher Dean is a British ice dancer, choreographer as well as a skater who is famous for winning a gold medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics with his skating partner Jayne Torvill. The pair also won a bronze medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics. He started skating at 10 but later took up a job as a police constable. Teaming with Jayne Torvill, the pair won the British national championship and earned a sponsorship as well. In 1998, Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill retired and later reunited on the show “Dancing on Ice” in 2006. 

What is Christopher Dean Famous For?

  • Being a British Ice Dancer. 
  • Winning a gold medal at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics and a Bronze medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics partnering with Jayne Torvill. 

What Nationality is Christopher Dean?

Christopher Dean took birth on 27th July 1958 in Calverton, Nottinghamshire, England. His birth name is Christopher Colin Dean. By nationality, he is British and his ethnicity is British-White. Her race is White. Leo is his zodiac sign and her religion is Christianity. He cut his 63rd birthday as of 2021. 

About his family, he is the son to his dad Colin Dean and his mum, Mavis Dean. When he was six, his mother left and his father remarried his step mum, Betty. Mavis left Christopher at the young age of six. She had been crushed by the cheating of Davis’ dad. Christopher had asked his mum to not leave the home but rather seven days after the fact, he tracked down her remaining at their front entryway with a bag. He has never talked about this with his father or stepmother, both of whom have died. Later, Christopher reunited with his biological mother. His father and mother, both were keen ballroom dancers. His mum, Mavis dies on 18th March 2022 at the age of 74. 

Christopher was 10 when he had begun skating. In his school time, he was the captain of his football team. Slowly, he started taking ice skating seriously. When he was 16, Dean left school and took a job with the Nottinghamshire Police. From 1974 to 1980, he was a police constable with Nottinghamshire Police.

British Ice Dancer, Christopher Dean


Christopher Dean Skating Career Timeline

  • Dean’s first ice partner was Sandra Elson with whom he started skating together when he was 14. 
  • Further, the pair also became a British Junior Dance Champions. 
  • Later, the team split and he agreed to pair with another skater, Jayne Torvill. 
  • The pair were first coached by Janet Sawbridge but in 1978 Betty Callaway became their coach.
  • By 1980, Torvill and Dean had not only become British National Dance Champions but were in medal contention in international competitions as well. 
  • In addition, he also served as the chief choreographer for the Torvill and Dean team. 

Christopher Dean alongside Jayne Torvill starred in ITV show Dancing on Ice in 2006


  • Their free program at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, performed to the music of Maurice Ravel’s Boléro, became world-famous. They received nine 6.0 marks for artistic impression, (three more for technical merit for a total of twelve 6.0 marks) the highest possible score and the only time ever that an all-perfect score was achieved. It became one of the most popular achievements in the history of British sport, watched by a British television audience of 24 million people. 
  • After their 1984 Olympic win, the pair turned professional and participated in the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer where they won a bronze medal.
  • In the year 1989, Torvill and Dean were admitted to the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame.
  • In January 2006, Torvill and Dean starred in the ITV show “Dancing on Ice”. 
  • They also became the ambassadors for the 2012 European Figure Skating Championships in Sheffield, England. 
  • In February 2014, they visited Sarajevo for the 30th anniversary of the 1984 Olympics and recreated their Bolero routine in the same arena where they won the gold. 
  • In 2018, he choreographed the free program of Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot, who won the gold medal in Pair skating with a world record at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. 

Christopher Dean and his dance partner, Jayne Torvill


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Awards, Honors, and Achievements

  • Appointed Honorary Freeman of the City of Nottingham on 28th April 1983. 
  • Appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1999.

Who is Christopher Dean Wife?

Christopher Dean was a married man but he is not single at present. But Christopher is currently in a relationship with his girlfriend, Karen Barber. Since 2011, Christopher has been dating Karen Barber. They also worked together on Dancing on Ice. Karen was previously married to skating coach Stephen Pickavance. Later, in January 2011, she was photographed kissing Christopher near a London restaurant. Within a few days of the incident, Karen confirmed that her marriage with Stephen was over. Karen has two daughters, Emma and Laura, from her previous marriage. Christopher and Karen still work together on “Dancing on Ice”. Today, the couple is enjoying their present life happily. His sexual orientation is straight and he is not gay.  

Christopher Dean and his girlfriend, Karen Barber


Firstly, he married Isabelle Duchesnay (French–Canadian world ice-dance champion) in the year 1991. The duo met each other in the late 1980s, while he was choreographing for Isabelle and her brother, Paul. They later divorced in the year 1993. After that, he tied a knot with U.S. figure skater, Jill Trenary in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 15th October 1994. The couple is blessed with two sons, Jack Robert and Sam Colin. In March 2010, the couple split. 

How much is Christopher Dean Net Worth?

Christopher Dean is a talented ice dancer who has made cool money from his profession. As of 2022, the net worth of Christopher Dean is estimated to have $7 Million. His main source of wealth is from ice-skating career. His exact salary and career earnings are still to get unfold yet but there is no doubt in the mind of his followers that he is making a cool amount of money from his work. Today, he is living a modest lifestyle. 

What is Christopher Dean Height?

At this age as well, Christopher Dean has maintained his body a lot. He stands at the height of 5 feet 10.5 inches or 1.79 m. His well-maintained body weight measures 73 KG. He has a pair of dark brown eyes and his hair color is light brown. His body type is slim. Overall, he has got a healthy body at present. His other body measurement has not been disclosed yet. 

Did You Know?

  • Christopher Colin Dean is his birth name.
  • When he was 16, Dean left school and took job with the Nottinghamshire Police.
  • From 1974 to 1980, he was a police constable with Nottinghamshire Police.
  • His father and mother, both were keen ballroom dancers.
  • Dean’s first ice partner was Sandra Elson with whom he started skating together when he was 14.

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