Bruno Tonioli

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Quick Facts

Date of Birth November 25, 1955
Nationality British, Italian
Profession Choreographer
Working for Strictly Come Dancing for BBC TV
Ethnicity Italian-born English
Marital Status Unmarried, Gay
Qualification N/A
Education at N/A
Net Worth(s) $10 million
Name on Birth Bruno Tonioli
Height 1.70 m
Weight 140 lbs
Religion Roman Catholic
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Silky Black
Twitter BrunoTonioli
Age 66 Years

Bruno Tonioli is a dancer and professional choreographer who serves as a judge on ABC's Dancing with the Stars and Strictly Come Dancing, the original UK version of the show. He also created DanceX, a reality competition which aims to search for the next sing and dance group in the UK.


Bruno Tonioli was born on November 25, 1955 in Ferrara, Italy.


He left home at age 18 to pursue a dancing career. He appeared in the music video for Elton John's "I'm Still Standing."

Father, Mother, brother and sister

Fulvia Tonioli is the mother of Bruno and Werther Tonioli is his father.


Born in Italy, Tonioli is fluent in five languages: Italian, English, Portuguese, Spanish and French. Tonioli is openly gay, and has spoken of the homophobic bullying he suffered in his youth.

Career and struggle

As a choreographer, Tonioli has worked on numerous films, plays, music videos, commercials, concerts, trade and television shows. He has worked with various world renowned artists such as Elton John, Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury, Tina Turner and Paul McCartney. He has also worked on music videos, including Sheena Easton's "Giving Up, Giving In," Wycliffe and Bono's "New Day United Nations Video for Kosovo," Culture Club's "Your Kisses are Charity," Elton John's "Please," Sting's "This Cowboy Song," Michael Jackson's "Give it to Me," Tina Turner's "Steam Windows," Rolling Stones' "One Hit," Freddie Mercury's "Great Pretender" and Paul McCartney's "Hope of Deliverance," among others.

As for his concert choreography, Tonioli worked on Tina Turner: Foreign Affair Tour, Banarama World Tour; Duran Duran World Tour, Dead or Alive, Japan and Paul Young, Europe. His film work also include Ella Enchanted, which stars Anne Hathaway, What a Girl Wants starring Amanda Bynes, Enigma with Kate Winslet, Blow Dry with Alan Rickman, Hotel Splendide starring Toni Collete, Very AnnyMary with Rachel Griffiths and Little Voice with Jane Horrocks.

In January 2008, ABC premiered Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie-Ann. Tonioli's team won the viewer-voted competition, earning a contract with Hollywood Records.

In 2009 and 2010 he was a judge on the UK tour of Strictly Come Dancing Live, appearing at 45 shows on each tour. During his time with the U.S. Dancing With the Stars, Tonioli called Cheetah Girl Sabrina Bryan "a little lynx on the prowl" and labelled singer and actor Billy Ray Cyrus "a crazy bear lost in a swamp".

A minor controversy arose following Tonioli's remarks to U.S. Dancing With the Stars contestant Michael Bolton and dance partner Chelsie Hightower on the 27 September 2010 after show, when the judge called Bolton's jive dance the worst he had seen in all 11 seasons. Bolton expressed his dissatisfaction prominently in the media afterward, prompting ABC to release a statement defending Tonioli.

In September 2012, Tonioli released an autobiography entitled Bruno Tonioli: My Story. The same year, he appeared as a mariachi singer and dancer in a Dole commercial.

He appeared on the ITV game show Through the Keyhole on 21 September 2013.

Marriage and Divorce

Tonioli is openly gay, and has spoken of the homophobic bullying he suffered in his youth.

Shirtless pictures

His shirtless pictures can be found in the internet. Girls crave for him but unfortunately he is gay.

Height, weight and age

He is 170 centimeters tall. That is a perfect height.

Nationality, Ethnicity

He is born an Italian and holds an English citizenship.

Net Worth, Salary and income

Bruno Tonioli was born in Italy and has an estimated net worth of $10 million.

Award and Achievement

He is a nominee for 2007 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Reality/Competition Program.

He is also a nominee for 2006 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Reality/Competition Program.

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