It’s almost Northern Ireland’s own Billy Elliot story from the Newtownabbey boy who grew up loving to boogie.
But rather than dancing his way to the top, Dean McCullough ended up playing the tunes for others to dance to.
Bullied at school for daring to be different, he’s taken everything since in his stride and ran with it right to the top of his profession.
It’s been a remarkable rise at BBC Radio 1 for a young man who took a chance and relocated to London to follow his quest for stardom. And it’s paid off big time. Handed his own show on the station in December 2020, only a year-and-a-half later he’s ready to front the weekday prime time afternoon shows along with his co-presenter Vicky Hawkesworth, taking over from Scott Mills and Chris Stark.
“I literally don’t know what to say about this,” Dean said. But we’re sure he’ll find the words. He’s made a wonderful career out of that sort of thing!
As the name of his one-time Britain’s Got Talent dance group says, he’s quickly become one of Northern Ireland’s best ‘Glambassadors’ around.