Who is Bruno Tonioli? Flamboyant Strictly Come Dancing 2017 and Dancing With The Stars judge

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BRUNO Tonioli is known for being the fiery, arm-waving, flamboyant Italian judge from Strictly Come Dancing.

But what else is there to know the man who caused controversy in the very first live show? Here is what we have found out about dear Bruno…

 Bruno Tonioli is a judge on Strictly Come Dancing

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Bruno Tonioli is a judge on Strictly Come Dancing

Who is Bruno Tonioli?

Bruno Tonioli was born 25 November 1955 in North East Italy.

He is a choreographer, dancer, and TV personality.

In the 1980s, Bruno worked as a choreographer for music videos, stage shows, and tours for Tina Turner, Sting, Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Freddie Mercury, Sinitta, Boy George, Dead or Alive, and Duran Duran.

He also produced many of Bananarama’s music videos including Venus and Movin’ On.

He shot to national stardom when he became a judge on Strictly Come Dancing from the show’s first episode in 2004.

Bruno achieved international success when he joined the judging panel of Dancing With The Stars (the US version of Strictly) in 2005.

He films both shows at the same time, and flies out to shoot the American show, straight after Strictly.

 He is also a judge on America's Dancing With The Stars (seen here with Kelly Osbourne)

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He is also a judge on America’s Dancing With The Stars (seen here with Kelly Osbourne)

What TV shows and films has Bruno Tonioli worked on?

Bruno’s film credits include Ella Enchanted, The Gathering Storm, Little Voice, Dancin’ thru the Dark, Enigma, The Parole Officer, and What a Girl Wants.

His television credits include the Blake’s 7 episode Rescue, Miss Marple’s The Body in the Library, Blonde Bombshell, Scarlet Pimpernel, and The Bare Necessities.

His theatre credits include La Vie Parisienne, Godspell, and Steve Coogan’s show The Man Who Thinks He’s It.

When is Strictly Come Dancing on TV?

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.

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