• Derek Hough is a professional ballroom dancer, actor, author, and singer.
• He won Dancing with the Stars six times and received two Primetime Emmy Awards for outstanding choreography.
• He is currently in a relationship with fellow dancer Hayley Erbert.
• He enjoys travelling, watching movies, reading books, and has two pet dogs.
• He has a net worth of up to $8 million and Hayley Erbert was the runner-up in Miss Kansas Teen USA and has been on three tours with Dancing with the Stars: Live!

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$3 Million
Date Of BirthMay 17, 1985
MarkBlond hair and blue eyes
FactA world champion of Latin and ballroom dancing.

Who is Derek Hough? Wiki Bio

Derek Hough was born in Salt Lake City, Utah USA, on 17 May 1985 – his zodiac sign is Taurus and he holds American nationality. He is a professional ballroom dancer, actor, author, and a singer, best known for appearing in the dancing TV series “Dancing with the Stars”, winning it several times between 2007 and 2016.

Early life and education

Derek was has raised with his four sisters – Sharee, Marabeth, Katherine, and Julianne, in Salt Lake City by their father Bruce Robert Hough, who is best known for serving as the chairman of the Utah Republican Party, and mother Mari Anne Hough who is a teacher.

Derek became interested in acting at a very early age, and when he turned 12, his parents divorced and decided to send him to London, where he started taking dancing lessons under Corky and Shirley Ballas. After several months his sister Julianne joined him, and Derek stayed in England for the next 10 years. He attended the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts where he also worked on his acting and singing skills, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2007.

Career as a dancer and other ventures

Derek and two of his coaches’ children formed the trio 2B1G – meaning ‘two boys, one girl’ – and competed in England and in the USA, while Derek was learning how to play the piano and the drums during that time, to add to his guitar playing).

His dancing career was officially launched in 2007 when he appeared in the TV show “DanceX”, before joining the show “Dancing with the Stars” airing on ABC. He was paired with Jennie Garth who is an actress, and the two made it to the semi-finals before they were eliminated. He went on to compete in a total of nine seasons, winning six of these which is still a record. For his performance, Derek received two Primetime Emmy Awards for outstanding choreography, and was nominated for seven others.

He launched his acting career in 2001 appearing in the film “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, and this was followed by his appearances in films “Rock of Ages” and “Make Your Move 3D”.

Derek Hough

He has also appeared in many theatre plays, making his debut in 2006 in “Footloose: The Musical” performed at the Novello Theatre. In 2013 he was invited to star in the dance film “Making Your Move”, which was followed by his recurring role in the musical drama series “Nashville” in 2014. In December 2016, he was chosen to portray Corny Collins in the live musical “Hairspray Live!” and was then invited to serve as a judge for the series “World of Dance”. His latest appearance on TV was in 2019, when he hosted the NBC show “Return to Downtown Abbey: A Grand Event”.

Who is Derek Hough’s wife? Is he married?

There have been rumors circulating the internet that the popular actor and dancer married his girlfriend Hayley Erbert in 2019, but these have been proven false. He started dating Hayley, a fellow dancer from “Dancing with the Stars”, in 2015 after the two met on the show. They have been together for nearly five years now, but aren’t engaged or married, and don’t have any children together.

Before Derek started dating Hayley, he was in a relationship with Shannon Elizabeth, which lasted for a year before they split for unknown reasons.

From 2000 to 2008, he dated India de Beaufort, a famous British actress, and it is believed that they were engaged but cancel it and went their separate ways. Derek’s current girlfriend Hayley was also in a long-term relationship before meeting Derek, which lasted for around five years.

Hobbies and other interests

Derek likes to watch movies in his spare time – some of his favorite actors and actresses are Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Natalie Portman, while some of his favorite movies are “Taxi Driver”, “The Godfather” trilogy, and “The Deer Hunter”.

He is keen on travelling and has been all around the US as well as to many European countries such as Greece – which he loves going to for its beaches – Turkey, and Germany among others. Two of his dream travel destinations are Paris in France and Miami in Florida. He is a lover of animals and has two pet dogs, while he’s donated money to two animal shelters, in New York and in London. He is keen on reading books in his spare time – his favorite writer is Herman Hesse, while his favorite books are “Siddhartha” and “The Glass Bead Game”.

Appearance and net worth

Derek is 34 years old. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall, and weighs around 148lbs (67kgs). As of early 2020, his net worth is estimated at up to $8 million.

Who is Hayley Erbert, Derek’s girlfriend?

Hayley Erbert was born in Topeka, Kansas USA, on 11 October 1994 – her zodiac sign is Libra and she holds American nationality. She is a dancer, best known for competing in the show “Dancing with the Stars”. She also once competed in the beauty pageant Miss Kansas Teen USA, becoming runner-up.

She started dancing when she was three years old, and was soon practicing all styles of dance, while her contemporary dancing won her many national titles and awards. When she was attending high school, she competed in the dancing show “So You Think You Can Dance” reaching third place, and from there went on to dance in many shows, and music videos such as those of Pitbull, Paula Abdul, and Carried Underwood. She has been on three tours around North America with the show “Dancing with the Stars: Live!”

Hayley was Kameron Couch and Hudson West’s mentor when they competed in the show “Juniors” – the Dancing with the Stars: two finished in 10th place. Hayley is afraid of heights.

General Info

Full NameDerek Hough
Net Worth$3 Million
Date Of BirthMay 17, 1985
Height1.78 m
ProfessionRecord producer, Singer-songwriter, Music Video Director, Guitarist, Actor, Dancer, Choreographer
EducationItalia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts


ParentsBruce Robert Hough, Mari Anne Hough
SiblingsJulianne Hough, Katherine Hough, Marabeth Hough, Sharee Hough


AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography, Young Hollywood Award for Hottest Body (of work)
Music GroupsBallas Hough Band
NominationsTeen Choice Award for Choice Dancer, Young Hollywood Award for Best Bromance
MoviesHairspray Live!, Make Your Move
TV ShowsDanceX, Dancing with the Stars, Live with Kelly

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#Marks / Signs
1Blond hair and blue eyes


1You don't have to be good at something in order to get started. You just have to get started in order to be good at it.
2The road called "Someday" leads to a town called "Nowhere".


1Best friends with Mark Ballas.
2He and partner Amber Riley are crowned the winners of Dancing with the Stars (2005) Season 17. [November 2013]
3He and partner Nicole Scherzinger are crowned the winners of Dancing with the Stars (2005) Season 10. [May 2010]
4He and partner Brooke Burke-Charvet are crowned the winners of Dancing with the Stars (2005) Season 7. [November 2008]
5He and partner Kellie Pickler are crowned the winners of Dancing with the Stars (2005) Season 16. [May 2013]
6He and partner Jennifer Grey are crowned the winners of Dancing with the Stars (2005) Season 11. [November 2010]
7Cousin of Lorien Hough-Cord.
8A world champion of Latin and ballroom dancing.
9He is a second cousin of Ross Lynch, Riker Lynch, Rocky Lynch and Rydel Lynch, of the band, "R5", and of their brother, Ryland Lynch, the band manager. Their maternal grandmothers are sisters. He has English, Dutch, French-Canadian, German, Swiss-German, Scots-Irish, Scottish, Danish, Swedish, and French ancestry.
10Nephew of John Hough and Tina Hough, owners of the Roosevelt Hotel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
11Brother of Julianne Hough, Katherine Hough, Mara Beth Hough and Sharee Hough.
12Has 8 nieces and nephews - Paris, Willow, Star, Bronson and Quaid Wise (from sister Sharee Hough). Aidan Poole (from sister Mara Beth Hough). Ariana and Adilyn Phillips (from sister Katherine Hough).
13Good friends with Cheryl. They met when Derek choreographed and starred in her music video for her hit single, Parachute.
14(August 8, 2009) Broke up with Shannon Elizabeth. They met when they were partnered together on Dancing with the Stars (2005) in Spring 2008.
15Attended and graduated from the Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts in London.
16Mother: Marianne Nelson (Stepfather: Aaron Nelson) Father: Bruce Hough (Stepmother: Debra Hough).
17Grandparents: Colleen and Bob Hough.
18Uncles: Scott Hough, Charlie Hough.
19Last name is pronounced "Huff".
20At age 18, he debuted in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", and stayed with the show for the final six months of its run at the London Palladium.
21Moved to London at age 12 and lived there for 10 years, before moving to Los Angeles to star on Dancing with the Stars (2005).
22His first professional role was that of Ren McCormick in the musical adaptation of Footloose (1984). His sister, Julianne Hough, stars in the remake of said film, Footloose (2011), as Ariel Moore.




Untitled Kourtney Kang Project2017TV Movie pre-productionMr. Riley
I Believe in You: Michael Buble2017Video shortAdult Derek Hough
Hairspray Live!2016TV MovieCorny Collins
The Arena (Lindsey Stirling)2016Video shortDancer
Nashville2014-2016TV SeriesNoah West
Jane the Virgin2016TV SeriesSalsa Dancer
Make Your Move2013Donny
Rock of Ages2012Dancer (uncredited)
Better with You2011TV SeriesPhilip
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone2001Hogwarts Schoolboy (uncredited)


Disneyland 60th Anniversary TV Special2016TV Movie performer: "Step In Time"
Dancing with the Stars2009TV Series performer - 1 episode


I Believe in You: Michael Buble2017Video short


Better with You2011TV Series choreographer - 1 episode


World of Dance2017TV Series pre-productionHimself - Judge
American Ninja Warrior: Celebrity Edition2017TV MovieHimself - Competitor
The Insider2008-2017TV SeriesHimself
Live with Kelly and Ryan2008-2017TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself / Himself - Guest Co-Host / ...
Harry2017TV SeriesHimself
Access Hollywood2008-2017TV SeriesHimself
The Doctors2017TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2007-2017TV SeriesHimself / Herself
Extra2014-2017TV SeriesHimself
The Talk2017TV SeriesHimself
Rachael Ray2015-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Good Morning America2008-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Chew2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Access Hollywood Live2016TV SeriesHimself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2007-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Today2015-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Wonderful World of Disney Magical Holiday Celebration2016TV MovieHimself
Dancing with the Stars2007-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Partner: Kellie Pickler / Himself - Partner: Nicole Scherzinger / ...
Shorebreak: The Clark Little Story2016DocumentaryHimself
2016 Creative Arts Emmys2016TV MovieHimself - Presenter: Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Limited Series, Movie or Special / Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series / Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program and Nominated: Outstanding Choreography
IHeartRadio Music Awards 20162016TV SpecialHimself
Disneyland 60th Anniversary TV Special2016TV MovieHimself - Host
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2008-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The View2009-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
2015 Hero Dog Awards2015TV MovieHimself
Ok! TV2015TV SeriesHimself
2015 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards2015TV MovieHimself - Winner: Outstanding Choreography
Lip Sync Battle2015TV SeriesHimself - Competitor
Mark & Derek's Excellent Flip2015TV SeriesHimself - Host
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryHimself
2014 Young Hollywood Awards2014TV SpecialHimself
E! News2014TV SeriesHimself
A Hollywood Christmas at the Grove2013TV SpecialHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Winner & Nominee
Family Dance Off2013TV SeriesHimself - Host (2013-)
2013 Young Hollywood Awards2013TV SpecialHimself
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Wonderview2013TV SeriesHimself
Fighters Only Mixed Martial Arts Awards IV2011TV SpecialHimself
Ridiculousness2011TV SeriesHimself
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition2010TV SeriesHimself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2008-2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire2010TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Question Presenter
Cheryl Cole's Night In2009TV MovieHimself
The Bonnie Hunt Show2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade2007TV Special documentaryHimself
2007 American Music Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
20/202007TV Series documentaryHimself
DanceX2007TV SeriesHimself - Choreographer
XIX Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony2002TV MovieDancer (uncredited)

Archive Footage

The Insider2014-2017TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2014-2017TV SeriesHimself
Extra2015-2017TV SeriesHimself
Inside Edition2015TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2012TV SeriesHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2008TV Series documentaryHimself


Won Awards

2015Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding ChoreographyDancing with the Stars (2005)
2014Young Hollywood AwardYoung Hollywood AwardsHottest Body (of Work)
2013Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding ChoreographyDancing with the Stars (2005)

Nominated Awards

2016Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding ChoreographyDancing with the Stars (2005)
2014Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding ChoreographyDancing with the Stars (2005)
2014Young Hollywood AwardYoung Hollywood AwardsBest Bromance
2013Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding ChoreographyDancing with the Stars (2005)
2010Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding ChoreographyDancing with the Stars (2005)
2010Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding ChoreographyDancing with the Stars (2005)
2009Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding ChoreographyDancing with the Stars (2005)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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