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Ashley Banjo 10 Personal Facts, Biography, Wiki
Born: October 4, 1988 (age 32 years), Leytonstone, London, United Kingdom
Height: 1.96 m
Spouse: Francesca Abbott (m. 2015)
Parents: Funso Banjo, Danielle Banjo
Siblings: Jordan Banjo, Talisa Banjo
Following winning Britain’s Got Talent in 2009, Banjo took a break from his schooling to concentrate on his dancing.
He said that “from the age of 14, I started to teach myself routines”.
Banjo has been in a thirteen-year relationship with Francesca Abbott, who is a member of another dance troupe called Out of the Shadows.
They announced their engagement on 2 October 2014.
Ashley and Francesa have two children, Rose born 2019 and Micah born 2020.
Ashley Banjo is an Official Ambassador of the United Dance Organisation.
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Ashley Banjo 10 Fast Facts, Biography, Wiki
Ashley Banjo was born on October 4, 1988 in Leytonstone, London.
His father was a boxer and his mother a ballet dancer with the Royal Ballet.
They owned Danceworks dance studio.
Ashley Banjo started dancing when he was just 5 years old.
He went on to create and choreograph the street dance group Diversity.
Originally, Ashley and his brother Jordan and nine others had formed Swift Mover, but in 2007 they changed the name to Diversity.
Their big breakthrough came in 2009 after winning Britain’s Got Talent (BGT) series three.
Ashley Banjo subsequently became a judge on the Sky show Got To Dance.
In 2015, he married Francesca Abbott. They have a chihuahua and a great Dane.
In 2016, the BBC revealed that Zoe Ball and Ashley Banjo would be the presenters of BBC One’s entertainment show Can’t Touch This.
In the same year ITV announced that it had commissioned a 60 minute special in which Ashley Banjo and Diversity would host a dance entertainment programme entitled Diversity Steal The Show.
In November 2016, ITV revealed that Ashley Banjo would be a judge on their new entertainment show Dance Dance Dance.
In August 2018, Ashley Banjo was a nominee for the Joe Allen Best West End Debut prize for his role in Dick Whittington at the London Palladium.
In 2020, Diversity with Ashley Banjo performed a Black Lives Matter routine on Britain’s Got Talent.
On 6 November 2017, ITV announced that Ashley Banjo would be a judge on the next series of Dancing on Ice.
Not a lot of people know this but I’m very good at… science. I did physics and biology at university so if dancing wasn’t my thing, I’d definitely want to be a scientist. I really like astrophysics and particle physics.
My best friend is… I have two best friends – my little brother Jordan and little sister Talisa. We’re all very close.
My nickname is… Bish Bash.
The bravest thing I’ve ever done is… enter Britain’s Got Talent. We’d worked for years and years and then your whole future comes down to which way someone votes on the night. That’s scary.
My favourite TV show is… Got to Dance or Secret Street Crew. I know it sounds crazy, but I love watching my own shows because they’re recorded in advance, so by the time they go out I’ve forgotten what happened.
My perfect evening is… just chilling out and having a house party, maybe watching a film with my girlfriend and my friends, and some good food.
My first kiss was with… I have no idea! I’ve kissed a lot of girls. I can’t remember but I was young.
My biggest regret is… not continuing my ballet training when I was little, even though my mum was a dancer with the Royal Ballet. Ballet gives you a stronger technique, so I wish I’d kept it on.
The one thing I’d change about myself is… I’d make myself a little bit smaller so it’s easier to dance. I’m 6ft 5ins and 17½st, so chucking myself around and doing somersaults is tough.
The best thing my parents taught me was… what we have for the Diversity motto, which is “dream, believe, achieve”.
The first record I ever bought was… the Bad album by Michael Jackson.
It’s not good for my image but I like… motorbikes. As a dancer, I can’t afford to get injured, and bikes are pretty dangerous. But I’m a petrolhead so I can’t help it.
My greatest weakness is… fatty food. If you put a pizza in front of me then, oh my gosh. I’m quite healthy most of the time so when I tuck in to that kind of thing – aah!
If I could pass any law I would… make tax voluntary. Or make it so that a percentage of tax should go to charity.
I drive… an Audi Q7 and an Audi R8 – a big one and a small one.
The shop I can’t walk past is… Nando’s. I’m an addict – I’m sure there’s something in the chicken.
My perfect Sunday is… going training with the boys, then going to a beach to chill out and do some surfing. After that, I’d come home and do the house party thing with my girlfriend and my mates.
My favourite place in Britain is… central London. If I ever get time off to go shopping, I love going down to Oxford Circus and Piccadilly. I’ve been to quite a few cities now and I still think London is one of the most amazing places.
My last holiday was… to Lapland at Christmas with my family. I took my mum, girlfriend, brother and sister to stay at the Icehotel, which was really cool. It was about minus 30 outside but we slept in sleeping bags that were warmer and cosier than my normal bed.
The best day of my life was… being at The O2 on our last tour and walking out to a sold-out crowd with all my family and friends in the audience. That was a landmark we always wanted to achieve.
If I had half an hour left on Earth I would… probably dance. There’s not a lot you can do in that amount of time, so I’d just do what I’m good at: have a good dance-off!