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Lea Thompson is perhaps best known for her role as the various incarnations of Lorraine McFly in Back to the Future I, II, and III (Kid’s Choice Film Actress Award) and as the star of Caroline in the City (People’s Choice Award). Thompson has starred in more than 30 films, 25 television movies, 4 television series, more than 20 ballets, and starred on Broadway in Cabaret. Lea can currently be seen on ABC Family’s Peabody Award winning hit show Switched at Birth, where she acts and directs. Lea’s movie credits include: All the Right Moves, Red Dawn, Some Kind of Wonderful, The Beverly Hillbillies, Howard The Duck (star and vocals), Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar; the 2014 Sundance favorite Ping Pong Summer; and soon to be released Left Behind starring Nicolas Cage.
Lea lives in Los Angeles with her husband of twenty-five years, film/television director Howard Deutch, and their two talented daughters, Madelyn and Zoey, along with many dogs, fish, horses, chickens, a cat, tortoise, and parrot. She supports and often performs for breast cancer, mental health, and Alzheimer’s charities. Lea is currently in pre-production on “The Year of Spectacular Men,” a film written by her daughter Madelyn Deutch, and is writing her first book of essays
Originally from Russia, dancing has taken Artem all over the world. In 2010, Artem made his professional dancing debut on the original UK version of DWTS, Strictly Come Dancing. Paired with Kara Tointon, they went on to win the coveted Mirrorball Trophy, making Artem one of the first professionals to win the series as a first-time Pro.
Additionally, Artem was one of the choreographers on the British second series of So You Think You Can Dance and a finalist on SYTCD in the US. In 2014, Artem joined the troupe on Dancing with the Stars and this season, joins as a first time Pro.
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