Apr. 23rd, 1976
Christchurch, New Zealand, UK
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Brendan Cole (born April 23,1976) is a ballroom dancer specialising in Latin American dancing. He is most famous for appearing on the BBC show Strictly Come Dancing, a dance contest in which a professional ballroom dancer is partnered with a celebrity amateur dancer. He has also judged New Zealand's own version of the show, Dancing with the Stars.
Born in Christchurch, New Zealand. Cole lived with his mum, his older brother Scott (who teaches dance in London) and his younger sister Vanessa (who runs a dance school in New Zealand). He has danced since he was six, and moved to the United Kingdom when he was eighteen. Before becoming a professional dancer Cole was a builder and roof layer, having left school at 17.
In 1996 he met 'Camilla Dallerup' and they became a couple both on and off the dance floor for the next eight years. After four years competing together as amateurs they were offered the chance to teach in Hong Kong, which they took and turned professional.
Once professional, Cole and Dallerup became the New Zealand and Asian Open Professional Champions and were semi-finalists at the International, UK Open, British Open and World Championships.
Cole's previous relationships have included Shelly Ross, 'Abi Titmuss', 'Lady Victoria Hervey', 'Martine McCutcheon', 'Adele Silva' and Emma Gray.
He is now married to Zoe Hobbs, a British model, who gave birth to their first child, a baby girl Aurelia, on (Christmas Day 2012). They live in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. His former Strictly partner 'Jo Wood' was a guest at the wedding.
In the winter of 2004 he had his first acting experience featuring in the UK feature film Everything To Dance For alongside 'Sasha Jackson', Travis Oliver and Sally Reeve.
In October 2009 Cole appeared on the New Zealand travel show Intrepid Journeys. During a hunting lesson filmed in Vanuatu he was shown killing and eating a chicken, prompting international news coverage.
- Was once engaged to 'Camilla Dallerup' (qv).
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