15 Facts About Brendan Cole

1. Brendan Cole was born on 23 April 1976 and is a New Zealand ballroom dancer, specialising in Latin American dancing.

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2. Brendan Cole is most famous for appearing as a professional dancer on the BBC One show, Strictly Come Dancing.

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3. Brendan Cole danced with Camilla Dallerup, a fellow contestant on the BBC's earlier long-running show Come Dancing, as amateurs from 1996, and from 2002 to 2004 as professionals.

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4. In 2003 Dallerup and Brendan Cole were placed 3rd for Latin American at the UK Closed Championships.

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5. In October 2009, Brendan Cole appeared on the New Zealand travel show Intrepid Journeys.

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6. In January 2007, Brendan Cole appeared on the BBC's duet show Just the Two of Us as a celebrity, with Beverley Knight as his professional partner.

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7. Brendan Cole represented the United Kingdom at the first Eurovision Dance Contest in September 2007.

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8. Brendan Cole appeared in the first 15 series BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing, announcing in January 2018 that his contract had not been renewed.

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9. In Series 3 Brendan Cole was then paired up with GMTV presenter and newsreader Fiona Phillips.

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10. Brendan Cole stepped in to partner Holly Valance and Anita Dobson during weeks 7 and 9 respectively due to their original partners being injured.

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11. Tenth series Brendan Cole was partnered with Olympic track cyclist, Victoria Pendleton.

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12. In series 11 Brendan Cole partnered singer-songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bextor, reaching the final and eliminated in fourth place.

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13. Brendan Cole took part in the 2015 Christmas Special, where he and series 11 winner Abbey Clancy, danced a waltz against his series 6 partner Lisa Snowdon.

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14. Show's fourteenth series, Brendan Cole was partnered up with American singer Anastacia.

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15. Brendan Cole returned for the fifteenth series paired with Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins.

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