Age: 42

Star Sign: Pisces

Where did you grow up: Werne in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Nationality: German

Occupation: Consultant

Ben what's your favourite?

Dance: Quickstep for its speed and ideally feather lightness

Food: Chocolate and cake; not when we are training though

Drink: Mango juice for the healthy option and pear cider after a long rehearsal

Song: Finally from Ce Ce Peneston (1991)

Singer/ Band: Aretha Franklin / Puppini Sisters

Musical: Chicago

Book: Who has got time to read with all that dancing going on?

Film: Dead poets society from Peter Weir with Robin Williams, young Ethan Hawke and Robert Sean Leonard

TV Show: Who want’s to be a Millionaire – I know it is very cheesy

Place: in the arms of …

Holiday destination: still travelling the world to make a final decision

 When and where did you start dancing? As it is custom in Germany I started dancing at the age of 14 in a dance school for Ballroom and Latin. Girls were very eager as this was usually the first opportunity to meet boys. Boys started slightly later and in my case had I known….

What is your worst fear? To let somebody down

What is your earliest memory? Sharing Kinderschokolade with our cocker spaniel through the railing of my children’s room aged 3

Which celebrity do you/ did you have a crush on? Did I mention Robert Sean Leonard already?

What makes you unhappy? Not achieving what I set myself as a goal

What's your greatest achievement? I am proud to have built a life everywhere I settled so far especially abroad in London

If you were an animal which one would you be? A dog – isn’t there anything less loyal and sensible

What's the worst job you have done? Cleaning stinking mud out of a cooling tower at the age of 14 during a summer holiday job

What would you save from a fire? My diaries from the last twenty years; I hope to re-read them at some point in my life, or better not?

If you could travel back in time which era would you go to and why? Late 16th century to the early 18th century for the opulence of the Baroque wardrobe even for men and its architecture. I would have to be a noble men obviously to enjoy all that and not a poor peasant.

What is your guilty pleasure? See favourite food

If you have a super power what would it be? Immortality but without the trouble of getting older; not sure what my ideal age would be though.

If you could edit your past what would you change? Coming out at an earlier age and enjoying the lightness of the youth

What's your most embarrassing moment? I am prepared that it is still out there to come.