Main content

Bruno Tonioli

He's Strictly's fabulous and flamboyant Judge, who always knows how to raise our stars' spirits on a Saturday night!

Legendary dancer and choreographer Bruno has worked with some of the biggest and best names in the music, including as Elton John, Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury, Tina Turner and Paul McCartney. But he comes from humble beginnings, hailing from Ferrara - a small town in north eastern Italy.

A deflated balloon would have had more rhythm..!
Bruno Tonioli

He made the move into the world of dance after seeing the 1972 musical Cabaret eight times in a row, instantly knowing that on stage is where he belongs. Despite his parents encouraging him to take a job in a bank, he made his way to Rome and started taking ballet lessons.

At 18, he left Rome to perform with Parisian dance company La Grande Eugene, before settling in London permanently two years later. He danced his way through a variety of major shows and music videos, including Elton John's I'm Still Standing, moving into choreography after his work was featured on Not The Nine O'Clock News.

Bruno has been a permanent fixture on the Strictly judging panel since 2004, as well as being a regular guest Judge on Dancing with the Stars in America.

But dancing isn't his only talent, as he can also speak five languages: Italian, English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French!

Related Link