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As a professional dancer on Britain's biggest television show Strictly Come Dancing, Brendan's career within the media and television world has grown rapidly since the show's inception back in 2004. Now about to embark on his 14th series of the TV show, Brendan's adaptation from dancer to producer and entertainer, shows no signs of slowing as he prepares to deliver his 4th production and 9th nationwide theatre tour of the UK. Brendan's dance, music and chat show Brendan Cole - All Night Long will hit theatres in January, February, March & April 2017.


About Brendan Cole
About Brendan Cole
About Brendan Cole

His current theatre tour follows on from his previous three hugely successful stage shows Live & Unjudged, Licence To Thrill & A NightTo Remember. Previously, Brendan and his 22 strong cast have dazzled audiences with their exciting choreography, phenomenal live music and huge production. Modestly described by Brendan as ‘An evening with style show with something for everyone,’ his next show is set to be bigger and better than ever with an extended cast and and brand new feel. Brendan’s latest theatre show will be touring the UK and Ireland in 2017 and 2018.

In his personal life, Brendan’s life revolves around his family. Christmas day 2012 saw Brendan’s wife Zoë give birth to their beautiful daughter Aurélia. Brendan’s softer side is nowadays said to be obvious on and off the screen which many attribute to him being happy as a father and as a husband. 

Before television, Brendan’s professional career between was solely within the Ballroom and Latin American dance scene. As a world renowned dancer, demonstrating, teaching, competing and lecturing.within the world of the Professional Latin American dance & ranked within the top 12 or the world, the dream of becoming World Champion was always his goal but when the BBC approached him with the offer of Strictly Come Dancing, his career took a very sharp turn to that of television and media where he has remained until this day.

Before becoming the persona he is known to be today, Brendan's early days were not as easy as he perhaps would've liked, but he does say that they made him who he is and for that he is grateful. Dancing from the age of 6 in a day preceding the television world of Strictly, he says he wasn't so much bullied during his school years but certainly teased on occasion which fuelled his more feisty nature but also pushed him to be the best he could be at everything he did. He attributes his success today to the many challenges he faced during his earlier days and and says 'Although at times it was difficult, I am glad for the school of hard knocks I had as a kid and looking back I loved my childhood, the good and the bad.'

Born in Christchurch, New Zealand with it's outdoor lifestyle, Brendan's love of Sport and nature has continued to grow here in the UK. Having moved here at the age of 18 and now at the age of 40, Brendan with his wife Zoe Cole and their daughter Aurélia Cole reside in the English countryside so Brendan's life is not that far removed from the one he grew up knowing. Having played most sports throughout his childhood and living in a county that is renowned for it's natural beauty, Brendan hopes to show that New Zealand way of life to his daughter and let her enjoy her Kiwi roots as well as the English ones she gets from her Mummy.

Brendan puts success down to four things. Hard work, a little luck, deciding which door to walk through when an opportunity presents itself and creating opportunities one desires. Brendan's decision to move to the UK away from his friends and family six days before his 19th Birthday helps sum up this ethos as well as showing Brendan's character. His determination to succeed has been apparent from an early age. With his passion for dance, there was only one place for him as he packed his bags with £1000 in his pocket and a one way ticket to England where his dreams awaited! Competing as an amateur dancer and later turning professional, Brendan's initial dream to be world champion was never realised. However, his time competing and his striving for perfection was only just the beginning. All the hard work and years of dedication would pay off but in a very different way to the one he set out to acheive within the dance world and in his words 'You never know what awaits you around the corner.'

Since entering into the world of media and television, Brendan has appeared on many different shows including being on the judging panel of New Zealand's Dancing With The Stars, being a contestant on Just the Two Of Us and Love Island here in the UK. He has been a panelist on various talk shows and even had a cameo in the much loved children's television program The Sooty Show. 

TV Credits

Strictly Come Dancing (TV Series)  2004-2014

TFI Friday (TV Show) 2015)

Children in Need (TV Series) 2015

The Sooty Show (TV Series) 2011

What Do Kids Know (TV Series)  2007

Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two (TV Series) 2007 - 2015

Dancing With The Stars (NZ TV Series) 2006 - 2010

Intrepid Journeys (NZ TV Series Documentary) 2009

Loose Women (TV Series) 2007 -2014

Pointless Celebrities (TV Series) 2012

All Star Mr & Mrs (TV Series) 2012

A Question of Sport (TV Series) 2011

Daybreak (TV Series) 2011

The Vanessa Show (TV Series) 2011 

The Real Hustle (TV Series documentary) 2010 

Shooting Stars (TV Series) 2010

The David Dickinson Show (TV Series) 2010 

The Wright Stuff (TV Series) 2007 - 2010

Angela and Friends (TV Series) 2009 - 2010

Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model (TV Series) 2006 - 2009

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (TV Series) 2009

The Almost Perfect Guide to Life (TV Series) 2009

 

The Weakest Link (TV Series) 2008

Best Ever Worst Dance Moments (TV Movie documentary) 2008

Celebrity Ding Dong (TV Series) 2008

Murder Most Famous (TV Series) 2006

Happy Birthday Brucie! (TV Movie documentary) 2008

Al Murray- Happy Hour (TV Series) 2008

The Alan Titchmarsh Show (TV Series) 2008 - 2013

The Strictly Come Dancing Story (TV Movie documentary) 2007

Live at the Apollo (TV Series)  2006-2007

Children in Need (TV Series) 2007

The National Television Awards 2007 (TV Movie) 

Eurovision Dance Contest (TV Movie) 2007

Dancing on Ice: Defrosted (TV Series) 2007

Trisha Goddard (TV Series) 2007

Just the Two of Us (TV Series) 2006

Celebrity Love Island (TV Series) 2005

2005 TV Moments (TV Movie) 2005

All-Time Greatest Love Songs (TV Movie documentary) 2004

Sport Relief 2004 (TV Special) 2004