Police try to establish details of Strictly dancer Gorka Marquez’s assault

Strictly dancer Gorka Marquez says his assault in Blackpool was a 'bad experience' as Lancashire police say they're following up the attack

Police have contacted the BBC to ‘try to establish details’” of the attack on Strictly Come Dancing star Gorka Marquez.

Professional dancer Gorka is said to have been beaten up by a gang of youths in a street in Blackpool, just hours after he took part in Saturday’s live show.

Gorka posted on his Instagram account on Monday afternoon that it was a ‘bad experience’.

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The Spaniard is reported to be undergoing dental surgery after having two teeth smashed.

Tameka Empson with her dance partner Gorka Marquez
Gorka with Tameka (Guy Levy/BBC)


It is believed the 26-year-old was walking to a nightclub in the popular resort, where the BBC1 show was taking place for its special weekend, with show colleagues Aljaz Skorjanec and Neil Jones, when he was attacked.

The special had been filmed in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom, one of the annual highlights of the series.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said the incident had not been reported to police.

“We are aware that reports of this incident are in the media today,” a spokesman said.

“This matter has not been reported to the police, but we have made contact with the BBC this morning to try and establish details of the incident which would allow us to investigate further.”

A BBC spokesman said Gorka is expected to rejoin rehearsals later in the week.

“Gorka was sadly the victim of an unprovoked incident in Blackpool on Saturday night, but he will be back in training this week and is looking forward to the group routine next weekend,” the spokesman said.

Gorka’s dance partner, EastEnders actress Tameka Empson, was voted out early on in the series.

He partnered singer Anastacia when Brendan Cole was unwell.

Anastacia (Ian West/PA)


At the weekend he partnered fellow pro Janette Manrara in a routine to a Rick Astley song and he also appeared in the group dance.

The Sun quoted a friend saying it was a ‘random’ attack.

“Gorka and a few of the other dancers were heading to a nightclub to let their hair down after another brilliant show,” the friend said.

“All of a sudden this group of local louts came out of nowhere. One of them punched Gorka in the face and broke two of his teeth.”