22 Facts About Brendan Cole


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


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


Brendan Cole has danced since he was six, and moved to the United Kingdom when he was eighteen, where he studied the pasodoble, ballroom and ballet at Donaheys, Clayton, Manchester.


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.


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


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


In 2010, Brendan Cole married Zoe Hobbs, a British model, who gave birth to their first child, daughter Aurelia, on Christmas Day 2012.


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.


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


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


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


Brendan Cole then appeared in the 2005 Christmas Special with Rachel Hunter, dancing a Rumba.


Brendan Cole returned to compete on the fourth series, where he partnered with actress Claire King.


In Series 7 Brendan Cole's partner was businesswoman and media personality Jo Wood.


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


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


Brendan Cole competed with television presenter Kirsty Gallacher in the show's thirteenth series and was eliminated in week 6.


Brendan Cole took part in the 2015 Christmas Special, where he and series 11 winner Abbey Clancy danced a waltz.


Anastacia and Brendan Cole polled more votes than Melvin Odoom and Janette Manrara, and were allowed to stay in the competition.


In 2017 Brendan Cole returned for the fifteenth series, paired with Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins.


Brendan Cole took part in that year's Christmas Special, partnering Katie Derham: the couple won the event.


Brendan Cole has supported several charity functions including children's anti-bullying campaigning group Act Against Bullying.