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Ashley Banjo

(1988-), Choreographer, dancer and broadcaster

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Growing up in East London, choreographer and dancer Ashley Banjo started teaching himself dance routines from the age of fourteen. With his younger brother Jordan and nine of their friends, he formed the dance troupe Diversity in 2007. They were propelled to fame when they won the third series of ITV's Britain's Got Talent (2009). Following this, they performed for Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Variety Show and had national success with their live tours. Banjo transitioned into television, appearing as a judge on the Sky One talent show Got to Dance and co-presenting the BBC game show Can't Touch This. He appeared in the ITV series Dancing on Ice as a judge, and in 2017-8 was a lead organiser of the charitable television show The Real Full Monty, which saw him teach male celebrities to striptease in order to raise awareness for testicular cancer. He has been an Official Ambassador for the United Dance Organisation, which is the largest street dance organisation in the world with over 75,000 members.

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Ashley Banjo, by Simon Frederick - NPG P2057

Ashley Banjo

by Simon Frederick
archival inkjet print, 2016
NPG P2057

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