Brendan Cole

Brendan Cole is a ballroom dancer specialising in Latin American dancing. He was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. He won the Strictly Come Dancing series one with news reader, Natasha Kaplinsky. He has been a judge on three seasons of New Zealand’s own Dancing with the Stars.

He has been dancing since the age of six and came to the United Kingdom when he was nineteen.

Kiwi Brendan moved to London when he was 18 to seek a career in dance. During that time he financed himself with a number of jobs including being a warehouseman and a builder!

He specialises in Latin American dancing. He is Asian Pacific Latin America Champion and New Zealand Latin American Champion.

Brendan and Natasha Kaplinsky won series one of Strictly Come Dancing. In series two Brendan was knocked out of the competition in the fifth week after failing to gel with his partner Sarah Manners.

He was magnanimous in defeat, saying at the time:”We deserved to get knocked out. It’s not often I say that, I’m very competitive.”

In series three Brendan was partnered, most memorably, with Fiona Phillips and despite Fiona’s inability to dance, they managed to stay until week four.

Brendan is already training his partner hard for series four and is looking forward to the first live performance.

“It’s an even bigger series this year and I’m really looking forward to showing everyone what Claire can do.

“It’s all about the celebrity at the end of the day; their dedication, determination and to some degree, the size of their profile. I can be sure of one thing though, I’ll be the best!”

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

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

Performance on Strictly Come Dancing:

  • Series 1 – first place with newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky.
  • Series 2 – sixth place with Sarah Manners.
  • Series 3 – Ninth place with TV presenter Fiona Phillips.
  • Series 4 – Sixth place with actress Claire King.
  • Series 5 – was forced to pull-out with model and actress Kelly Brook, due to her father’s passing away.
  • Series 6 – will be dancing with presenter and model Lisa Snowdon.


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