Gorka Marquez: Strictly dancer’s teeth knocked out in Blackpool attack

After filming the show’s annual special in Blackpool, Strictly Come Dancing professional Gorka Marquez has been assaulted in the street.

As he walked to a nightclub with colleagues from the BBC series, The 26-year-old dancer is reported to have been attacked by a group of youths on Saturday.

Marquez had been “sadly the victim of an unprovoked incident,” The BBC said.

After two of his teeth were knocked out, He is due to have dental surgery on Monday.

“He will be back in training this week and is looking forward to the group routine next weekend,” A spokesman added.

The pair were eliminated in the second round but Marquez has continued to appear in the programme as part of the weekly group routines.

When her partner Brendan Cole was ill, Marquez also stepped in to dance with singer Anastacia in week five.

Marquez was with fellow professional dancers Neil Jones and Aljaz Skorjanec when he was assaulted, According to the The Sun, which broke news of the attack.

They had been walking to the Flamingo nightclub near Blackpool Tower when a group of youths approached them, The paper said.

According to his biography on the BBC website, arquez represented Spain in the World Latin Championships in 2010 and reached the semi-finals of the 2012 (WDSF) World DanceSport Federation World Cup.

This weekend’s Strictly Come Dancing saw British track and field athlete Greg Rutherford voted off the show. In 2014, he joined dance show Burn The Floor as one of the leads and has toured the world.

The remaining celebrities in this year’s series are Judge Rinder, Ed Balls, Danny Mac, Claudia Fragapane, Ore Oduba and Louise Redknapp.

Marquez is due to partner The Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge in the show’s Christmas special.