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Last Updated: Sunday December 24 2006 12:06 GMT

In Pictures: Mark wins Strictly Dancing

In October, cricketer Mark Ramprakash joined a group of celebrity hopefuls competing in the latest series of TV talent show Strictly Come Dancing

In October, cricketer Mark Ramprakash joined a group of celebrity hopefuls competing in the latest series of TV talent show Strictly Come Dancing

He was more at home on the cricket pitch. It was going to be a battle for him to master the smooth moves of dancing

He was more at home on the cricket pitch. It was going to be a battle for him to master the smooth moves of dancing

But his partner Karen Hardy pushed him to succeed. They had their fallings out, but always got over them - and made an excellent team!

But his partner Karen Hardy pushed him to succeed. They had their fallings out, but always got over them - and made an excellent team!

By November, Mark looked like he was really enjoying himself. Karen's teaching was doing the trick...

By November, Mark looked like he was really enjoying himself. Karen's teaching was doing the trick...

It wasn't long before Mark had mastered complicated moves - and was pulling them off with style

It wasn't long before Mark had mastered complicated moves - and was pulling them off with style

In December, he really began to shine. Check out his grace and poise!

In December, he really began to shine. Check out his grace and poise!

After a nail-biting final, Karen and Mark are named the champions of Strictly Come Dancing

After a nail-biting final, Karen and Mark are named the champions of Strictly Come Dancing

They lift the trophy, surrounded by family and friends and the show's host, Bruce Forsyth

They lift the trophy, surrounded by family and friends and the show's host, Bruce Forsyth

Spare a thought for the runner-up. Rugby star Matt Dawson proved he was a twinkle toes on the dancefloor as well!

Spare a thought for the runner-up. Rugby star Matt Dawson proved he was a twinkle toes on the dancefloor as well!

He made his name as an international rugby star, so it was quite a thing for him to tackle dancing

He made his name as an international rugby star, so it was quite a thing for him to tackle dancing

But the night belonged to Mark and Karen. They were on top of the world!

But the night belonged to Mark and Karen. They were on top of the world!



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