BBC Strictly’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy’s life off screen from charity work to famous sister

Krishnan Guru-Murthy is known for his incredible long-standing journalism career, having worked as a news anchor for Channel 4 since 1998.

But the broadcaster, 53, is now set to take on a new challenge as he takes to the dance floor on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing alongside the likes of Zara McDermott and Adam Thomas.

The BBC dancing competition is set to return for its 21st series on September 16, on BBC One and the series hopefuls will be feeling the pressure going into the iconic dance competition.

But what do we know about Krishnan's life off screen as he swaps his news desk for the dance floor?

Who is Krishnan Guru-Murthy?

Krishnan was born in Liverpool on April 5 1970.

He is best known for his journalism career and is currently the second longest-serving presenter on Channel 4 behind Jon Snow.

And it's no surprise Krishnan has such a long-standing career, having read philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University.

While still a student he presented BBC2's Asian current affairs programmes East and Network East and later moved on to Newsround.

He continued to work for the BBC and has covered stories such as the 1997 general election and the funeral of Princess Diana.

In 1998 he moved over to Channel 4, where he still works as a news anchor.

Krishnan is a trustee of Duchenne UK. He founded the Duchenne Dash, a 24-hour cycle ride from London to Paris, in 2013.

He was also appointed to the board of trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Krishnan's life off screen

Krishnan is married to wife Lisa, who isn't in the spotlight. The pair are believed to have met through their mutual friend Tim Hincks.

Krishnan previously explained: "Tim worked with me on a show and introduced me to Lisa, who worked with his wife, Pippa.

"Now, much more importantly, we play in a band together."

Krishnan also gave insight into his wedding on their 14th anniversary in 2019, saying: "My wedding day, February 2005, a real mixture of Indian and British culture."

Krishnan continued: "I played a few rock'n'roll songs with friends.

"I sang and played bass, on the grounds that I was the worst guitarist of the three of us. Let's just say the crowd was on our side."

The couple have two children, a daughter and a son.

His sister, Geeta Guru-Murthy, is also a news presenter and journalist with BBC News.

Krishnan's brother, Ravi, works for the International Rescue Committee.

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