Aliona Vilani

Occupation: Dancer

Nationality: Kazakhstani

Born: May 1, 1984 (31)

Kazakhstani dancer Aliona Vilani - the self-professed "pussycat" of ballroom - made her Strictly Come Dancing debut in 2009 partnering Crimewatch presenter Rav Wilding, who ultimately became the third celebrity voted out of the competition. Vilani's fortunes look to improve in the latest Strictly series however, as she is paired with Countryfile host and current bookies' favourite Matt Baker.
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