Who is Brendan Cole? Strictly Come Dancing 2017 professional dancer from New Zealand

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BRENDAN Cole is continuing his time as a Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer in the new 2017 series.

Will this year be his year for the Glitterball trophy? Maybe. Here’s the low-down on him anyway…

 Brendan Cole is back with a bang this year

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Brendan Cole is back with a bang this year

Who is Brendan Cole, how old is he and what is his background?

Brendan Cole is a 41-year-old ballroom dancer originally from Christchurch, New Zealand.

Brendan starting dancing at the age of six and went on to become a professional dancer after leaving school at the age of seventeen.

Like fellow professional Anton du Beke, Brendan has appeared in the Strictly Come Dancing series since it began fifteen years ago.

His previous celebrity dance partners include Kirsty Gallacher, Jo Wood, Kelly Brook and Lulu.

Strictly isn’t the dancer’s only taste of television, as he previously appeared on Celebrity Love Island where he became runner-up.

He has also appeared on Britain’s Next Top Model and BBC’s Just The Two Of Us.

Brendan was paired with singer Anastacia for last year’s Strictly series, but the pair crashed out in week six amid claims they weren’t getting on.

 Anastacia and Brendan Cole were paired up for last year's series

Anastacia and Brendan Cole were paired up for last year’s series

The year before that he was with sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher and they also left in week six.

Over the years, Brendan has made headlines for his clashes with head judge Len Goodman, as well as bullying claims when he branded GMTV host Fiona Phillips the worst partner he had ever had.

Despite that, he was tipped as one of the people taking over as head judge when Goodman retired, though that job has now been given to Shirley Ballas.

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Brendan has been married to gorgeous wife Zoe since 2010

Is Brendan Cole single?

Brendan has a four-year-old daughter, Aurelia, with his wife Zoe Hobbs.

The couple have been married since 2010.

But Brendan is thought to be the pro dancer who kicked off the “Strictly Curse” after his rumoured affair with newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky in series one.

Who are the other professional dancers?

There are three new pros joining the Strictly ranks for the 2017 series.

Ukrainian Nadiya Bychkova, 28, is joined by fellow newcomers Dianne Buswell, 28, from Australia and Amy Dowden, 26, from Wales.

The trio replace a number of departing professionals including Joanne Clifton who quit the popular show after winning the last series with Ore Oduba.

They will part of the team which sees returning dancers:

 Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton won Strictly Come Dancing last year

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Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton won Strictly Come Dancing last year

When is Strictly Come Dancing 2017 on and who are the judges?

Strictly Come Dancing launched on September 9 on BBC One, with the live shows kicking off on September 23.

Strictly always airs on BBC One in two parts. The main show is on Saturday normally around 7pm and the results show airs on Sunday at a similar time.

There will be a Christmas special again in 2017, with the celebrity participants expected to be announced in early November.

This year sees a new judging lineup after head judge Len Goodman retired.

He will be replaced by Shirley Ballas who joins returning judges Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel-Horwood on the panel.

There will be three new professional dancers joining the existing pros; Dianne Buswell, Amy Dowden and Nadiya Bychkova.

Sunetra Sarker & Brendan Cole Foxtrot on Strictly Come Dancing 2014

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