Strictly's Brendan Cole on The Queen, getting nervous and the movies that make him cry

Brendan Cole bags an invite to Lorraine's High Street Fashion Awards 2014 ©PA

Brendan Cole bags an invite to Lorraine’s High Street Fashion Awards 2014 ©PA

Brendan Cole is best known as one of the professionals on BBC show Strictly Come Dancing.

He’s also been a guest judge on Britain’s Next Top Model, represented the UK at the Eurovision Dance Contest and appeared as a celebrity team captain on What Do Kids Know?

How do you like your tea?


Who would you most like to have a cup of tea with?

The Queen. I’d love to give her a waltz – I think she’d be brilliant at it!

Tell us about your tour, A Night To Remember…

My shows are more ‚’an evening with’ than just a dance show. There’s dance, music and chat, as well as a live band. I want people to come away feeling elated and moved – hence A Night To Remember!

Do you get nervous before a performance?

I’m excitable. I do a little leg shake thing to get the adrenaline going and normally give everyone a hug or a high five.

Have you a favourite style of dance?

I love the waltz. It is beautiful, emotional and graceful – and can leave an audience mesmerised.

What’s the worst costume you’ve danced in?

I’ve had some great outfits but some real shockers as well. Looking back, it’s a wonder I’m as sane as I am given what I’ve worn over the years!

How do you spend your spare time?

To balance out this whole dancing malarkey, I love watching rugby. That, DIY and being with my girls (wife, Zoe, and daughter, Aurelia) keeps me happy.

What would it surprise people to know about you?

I like romcoms and even shed a tear or three at the soppy bits.

A Night To Remember is touring again in 2016. For details, visit

Brendan Cole at BAFTA TV Awards 2015

Strictly Come Dancing star Brendan Cole is married to model Zoe Hobbs ©PA