AJ Pritchard has made a bit of a name for himself since appearing as a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing.
The dancer is also recognisable as the brother of Love Island star Curtis Pritchard, who was also a professional dancer before his time on the reality show.
The brothers grew up together in Stoke on Trent and AJ began dancing from the age of 12.
In 2013, AJ got a taste for television when he auditioned with his professional dance partner for Britain’s Got Talent where the pair reached the semi-finals.
Since then AJ has taken part in a number of television shows including Celebrity MasterChef, Hunted and I’m a Celebrity.
Last year AJ and his brother made their acting debut when they both took a small role in Hollyoaks.
AJ arrived in the village as Marco, a rival of Trish Minniver’s (Denise Welch) and sat down to watch her performance on stage.
When Channel 4 first announced the Curtis brothers were going to be new characters, Curtis said: “I can’t believe we will be featuring on Hollyoaks, we have grown up with the show on TV and it’s always been one of our favourite serial dramas.”
However, both their performances were ridiculed by the public for being ‘robotic and wooden’ and reminded viewers of a GCSE drama performance.
After a clip of their debut went viral, AJ responded saying: “I’ve learned to go for the positives and not the negatives.
“If someone’s got constructive criticism, 100 per cent that’s great, but if it’s just negativity then it’s not something I’m going to waste my energy and time on that.”
Outside of his dance and television appearances, AJ made headlines earlier this year when his girlfriend, Abbie Quinnen suffered a terrible accident leaving her with third-degree burns.
Abbie was filming a social media craze at the time which involved slicing a glass bottle in half using a flame.
The bottle exploded in her face and she was rushed to hospital.
Speaking to The Sun, Abbie said: “My face was burning hot, it felt very painful. I was lucky it missed my eye.
“I had massive blisters filled with water on my chest, neck and face and they had to pop them and clean the areas…
“My face swelled up. I couldn’t see out of my right eye.
“Luckily, there were no mirrors in the bathrooms but I kept glimpsing my reflection in my phone screen, it was horrific.”
The accident meant that she had to wear a compression vest for 23 hours a day and underwent three skin grafts.
AJ supported Abbie through the whole ordeal and she has now made a full recovery.
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