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31/12/2012 08:00 GMT | Updated 31/12/2012 11:06 GMT

Strictly Come Dancing's Len Goodman Weds Third Wife In Surprise Ceremony

Strictly Come Dancing's Len Goodman will be hoping three's the charm after marrying his third wife on Sunday.

The professional ballroom dancer-turned-TV judge exchanged vows with dance teacher Sue Barrett, his partner of more than 10 years, in a surprise ceremony.

The couple invited 30 family and friends to a posh festive lunch at the private Mosimann's restaurant in London, and little did their guests know they were attending a wedding - until the registrar showed up for the ceremony.

But the reality star admits one person was in on the secret - he told his elderly mum about his plans so the shock wouldn't give her a heart attack.

Goodman told the Daily Mail: "I've had a marvellous day, and now my gorgeous Sue is the new Mrs Goodman. I wanted it to be a low-key affair, so we didn't tell anyone except my 96-year-old mum as I didn't want her having a heart attack with the surprise. We've had a marvellous day, with marvellous food surrounded by all my dearest friends - and it didn't go on for too long so it didn't get boring!

"I've been going out with my lovely Sue for ages and I decided it was time to pop the question. She's gorgeous and makes me very happy - though she likes to stay out of the limelight. It was a complete surprise to my friends and family today and we've had a fabulous time."

The newlyweds treated their pals to a champagne reception and even stepped into the spotlight for what Goodman called "a spot of dance-teacher dancing".

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