Bruno Tonioli has worked with some of the biggest and best names in the industry such as Elton John, Duran Duran, Freddie Mercury, Tina Turner, Paul McCartney to name but a few! He splits his time between London and Los Angeles to record both Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing with the Stars, two of the most successful shows either side of the Atlantic. In 2015, he also served as a guest judge on Dancing with the Stars in Australia.
Bruno left Italy at the age of 18 to join the Paris-based dance company La Grande Eugene before joining the Lyndsay Kemp Company when he decided to make London his home. He worked as a freelance dancer (even appearing in Elton John's music video for I'm Still Standing) before eventually moving over from dance to choreography.
In a twenty year career he has worked on a number of films and TV shows, from collaborating with Steve Coogan and French & Saunders, to instructing on dramas such as The Scarlet Pimpernel and The Blonde Bombshell. He has also had a hand in a number of movies including Little Voice starring Jane Horrocks and Ella Enchanted starring Anne Hathaway. He has also had a cameo role in the US sitcom Full House, and created the TV show formats Dance X and Dance Wars for BBC and ABC respectively.
In 2017 he fronted two arts documentaries for BBC Two; West Side Stories: The Making Of A Classic, and Saturday Night Fever: The Ultimate Disco Movie. He has a second series of Bruno Tonioli at the Opera returning to the Radio 2 airwaves later this year.
Bruno is now in his 16th series of Strictly Come Dancing and his 27th season of Dancing with the Stars.
Craig Revel Horwood
Craig's work has taken him all over the world and along the way he has picked up a prestigious Olivier Award for his work on the West End musical Spend, Spend, Spend. Craig is constantly on the go choreographing and directing new stage projects - including the Strictly Live Arena Tour every year. Craig has also judged on the New Zealand version of Strictly Come Dancing.
Craig was born in a sleepy Australian town called Ballarat and when he was old enough, he moved away from his hometown to the bright lights of Melbourne where his dance career began. He appeared in productions including West Side Story, La Cage Aux Folles, Me and My Girl and many more.
He eventually headed to Europe where he joined the Lido Du Paris as a dancer in Panache and then as principle singer in Formidable at the Moulin Rouge, finding himself a year later in the UK tour of Cats in Edinburgh and Dublin. Craig also appeared in the original concert version of Jesus Christ Superstar. In the West End, Craig has performed in Cats, playing the part of Munkustrap, Miss Saigon and was an original cast member playing the part of Harry in Crazy For You. Craig has recently returned to his performing roots, playing Miss Hannigan in Annie.
Craig has directed numerous stage shows including most recently the hugely successful tour of Sister Act and the new Dusty Springfield musical Son of a Preacher Man.
Craig is now in his 16th series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Dame Darcey Bussell
Prima Ballerina Dame Darcey Bussell DBE is a former Principal Dancer at The Royal Ballet.
Darcey became a Principal at The Royal Ballet in 1989 aged only 20 years old and remained at the company for her entire career. She also performed as a principal guest artist with leading companies around the world, retiring from ballet in 2007. She came out of retirement to dance the ‘Spirit of the Flame’ at the Olympics closing ceremony in 2012.
Amongst her many patronages, she is President of the Royal Academy of Dance and International patron of the Sydney Dance Company. Her extensive broadcast work includes presenting documentaries such as Darcey Dances Hollywood, the 'Looking for’ series on BBC One and she has presented The Royal Ballet's popular worldwide cinema simulcasts since 2014.
Darcey first appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2008 when she performed a segment of Viva La Diva with Katherine Jenkins. She then appeared as a guest judge on the series in 2009, during which she and professional dancer Ian Waite danced a Jive together. Darcey joined the judging panel full time in 2012.
Head Judge Shirley Ballas is a British-born ballroom and Latin dancer and international coach who joined Strictly last year.
Originally from Wallasey, Shirley is a former British Open to the World Champion and European, German, United Kingdom, United States and International Latin American Champion. She retired from competitive dancing in 1996. Shirley is now an acclaimed and respected international coach to many of the top professional and amateur dancers as well as a highly renowned sought-after adjudicator for ballroom and Latin American competitions judging all around the world.
Nicknamed the ‘Queen of Latin’, Shirley is one of the top and most decorated professional dancers in the world. She is three-time British Open to the World Latin American Champion, 10-time United States Latin American Champion, and multiple-times British National Champion.