• Bruno Tonioli was born in 1955 in Italy and is a television personality, dancer and choreographer.
• He began his professional career in 1980, working with music artists and choreographing music videos.
• He also appeared in several film, television and theatre projects.
• He created the show “Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie-Ann”, and became a judge of the US version of “Dancing with the Stars”.
• He has a net worth of over $10 million.

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$10 million
Date Of BirthNovember 25, 1955
MarkExuberant comments and critiques after couples' performances on dancing shows.

Who is Bruno Tonioli?

Bruno Tonioli was born on 25 November 1955, in Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy, and is a television personality, dancer and choreographer, best known for serving as a judge in TV dance competition series such as “Dancing with the Stars” and “Strictly Come Dancing”.

Career Beginnings

While little is known regarding Bruno’s childhood or how he came to discover his passion for dance, he began his professional career in 1980 with the company La Grande Eugene based in Paris. He later joined the Lindsay Kemp Company, but spent most of his time working as a freelance dancer. He then joined the group called Duke and the Aces, and entered the “Eurovision Song Contest” competition, at which they were unsuccessful. After the competition, he started working in the music industry, mainly as a choreographer for music videos, tours, and stage shows. This allowed him to work with numerous celebrities including Freddie Mercury, Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Boy George and Duran Duran. One of his first appearances on screen was in the music video entitled “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John, in which he was shown dancing. He was also close to the girl pop group Bananarama, and helped them produce several music videos, including “I Heard A Rumour” and “Venus”.

Film and Television Work

After choreographing for the music video entitled “Election Day” by Arcadia, Tonioli then began finding opportunities in the film and television industry, working with various film projects including “Ella Enchanted” with Minnie Driver. Other projects included “What A Girl Wants”, “Dancin’ Thru the Dark”, “The Gathering Storm”, and “Blonde Bombshell”. He also expanded his reach to theatre, and appeared in productions of “Godspell” as well as “The Man Who Think He’s It”. This led to a few acting roles, including playing the manservant in the BBC TV trilogy entitled “Oscar”.

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He actually had consistent work on television and one of the projects he did included “Absolutely Fabulous”. He also worked on “The BRIT Awards” for three years, and with the show “Top of the Pops”. He was one of the choreographers for two years of “Miss World”, and then became a guest judge at Australia’s “Dancing with the Stars”. His work in the industry led to an invitation to various popular talk shows, including “Jimmy Kimmel Live”, “Larry King Live”, “The View”, “Lopez Tonight”, and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”.

Reality Television and Later Work

In 2008, Bruno created the show “Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie-Ann”, in which his team won the reality competition series, earning a contract with Hollywood Records. The following year, he became a judge of the UK show “Strictly Come Dancing Live” and appeared in 45 shows in each of his two seasons with them. Eventually, he became a judge of the US version of the show “Dancing with the Stars” and quickly drew the attention of viewers for his colorful descriptions of performances.

In 2010, he attracted controversy after stating to contestant Michael Bolton that he saw one of the worst jive dances he’d seen in all the seasons of “Dancing with the Stars”, which prompted Bolton to express his dissatisfaction with the media, then ABC to release a statement defending Bruno. He also had a guest role in an episode of the show “Fuller House”, in which he played a dance teacher. One of his latest projects is the 2016 album entitled “An Italian Romance” which is a compilation of Italian songs selected by him. In 2012, Bruno released his autobiography entitled “Bruno Tonioli: My Story”.

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The Net Worth of Bruno Tonioli

How rich is Bruno Tonioli? As of late-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is over $10 million, earned through a successful career in the entertainment industry. He is also the co-creator of the show “DanceX” along with the American adaptation “Dance War: Bruno vs. Carie Ann”. As he continues his endeavors, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.

Personal Life

For his personal life, not much is known in terms of any romantic relationships, as Tonioli prefers to keep that aspect of his life private. It is known that he is gay, and that he suffered homophobic bullying during his youth. He is fluent in five languages which are French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and English. While he was raised in Italy, he has mainly resided in London since 1975. He mentioned that he grew up with his paternal grandparents, and that his father was a bus driver, while her mother worked to stitch car-seat upholstery.

General Info

Full NameBruno Tonioli
Net Worth$10 million
Date Of BirthNovember 25, 1955
Height1.7 m
ProfessionTV Personality, Writer, Actor, Dancer, Choreographer


ParentsWerther Tonioli, Fulvia Tonioli
PartnerJason Schanne, Jason Schanne


NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Personality
MoviesAbsolutely Fabulous: The Movie, Absolute Beginners
TV ShowsStrictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two, Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann, DanceX, Dancing with the Stars, Strictly Come Dancing

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1Exuberant comments and critiques after couples' performances on dancing shows.




Born and Bred2005TV Series choreographer - 1 episode
Agatha Christie's Marple2004TV Series choreographer - 1 episode
Ella Enchanted2004choreographer
Down to Earth2004TV Series choreographer - 1 episode
French and Saunders2003TV Series choreographer - 1 episode
Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairy Tale2003TV Movie choreographer
Absolutely Fabulous2003TV Series choreographer - 1 episode
Never Say Never Mind: The Swedish Bikini Team2003Video choreographer
The Gathering Storm2002TV Movie choreographer
Me Without You2001choreographer
Hotel Splendide2000choreographer
Bad Girls2000TV Series choreographer - 1 episode
The Blonde Bombshell1999TV Series choreographer - 2 episodes
The Scarlet Pimpernel1999TV Series choreographer - 1 episode
Steve Coogan: The Man Who Thinks He's It1998Video documentary choreographer
Little Voice1998choreographer
Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis1997choreographer
The Ghosts of Oxford Street1991TV Movie choreographer - as Bruno Tunioli
Dancin' Thru the Dark1990choreographer
Dead or Alive: Rip It Up Live1988Video documentary choreographer
Space Riders1988choreographer
Grizzly II: The Concert1983choreographer


Fuller House2016TV SeriesGiuseppe Pignoli
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie2016Bruno Tonioli
What a Girl Wants2003Fashion Emcee
The Bill2001TV SeriesRolf
Absolute Beginners1986Maltese Lodger
Murder of a Moderate Man1985TV Mini-SeriesItalian policeman
Oscar1985TV SeriesPeppino
Blakes 71981TV SeriesDead Young Man


Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann2008TV Series 7 episodes


Dancing with the Stars2009TV Series performer - 1 episode


Eyes of Faith2017Documentary post-productionHimself
West Side Stories: The Making of a Classic2016TV Movie documentary
Strictly Come Dancing2004-2016TV SeriesHimself - Judge
Strictly Len Goodman2016TV Movie documentary
Breakfast2005-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Dancing with the Stars2005-2016TV SeriesHimself - Judge
Children in Need2016TV SeriesHimself
Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two2005-2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Through the Keyhole2013-2015TV SeriesHimself - Panellist / Himself
Dancing with the Stars2007-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest Judge / Himself - Judge
Extra2015TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2007-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Dancing with the Stars
The Dr. Oz Show2015TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America2005-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael2009-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself - Host / Himself - Guest Host / ...
The People's Strictly for Comic Relief2015TV SeriesHimself - Judge
Reality Bites2015TV SeriesHimself - Team Member
Daily Brunch with Ocado2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tom and Jerry Show2014TV SeriesHimself - on Strictly Come Dancing
Nashville2014TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Squares2014TV SeriesHimself
The Queen Latifah Show2014TV SeriesHimself - Dancing with the Stars
Would I Lie to You?2014TV SeriesHimself
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryHimself - Dancing with the Stars
The Arsenio Hall Show2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Room 1012014TV SeriesHimself
Let's Do Christmas with Gino & Mel2013TV SeriesHimself
Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty2013TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Any Given Tuesday2013ShortHimself
Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor2013TV MovieHimself
Katie2013TV SeriesHimself
Goodbye Television Centre2013TV Special documentaryHimself
Piers Morgan's Life Stories2013TV SeriesHimself
Loose Women2012-2013TV SeriesHimself
8 Out of 10 Cats2012TV SeriesHimself
Sunday Brunch2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2008-2012TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Kidnap Victim
Top Gear USA2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Alan Carr's New Year Specstacular2011TV MovieHimself
Alan Carr: Chatty Man2011TV SeriesHimself
The One Show2010-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2008-2011TV SeriesHimself
Lopez Tonight2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Magicians2011TV SeriesHimself
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire2010TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Question Presenter
Sport Relief 20102010TV SpecialHimself
The Greatest TV Shows of the Noughties2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
The National Lottery: Big 72009TV MovieHimself - Celebrity Quizzer
2009 Game Show Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
The Bonnie Hunt Show2009TV SeriesHimself
Chelsea Lately2009TV SeriesHimself
Rachael Ray2006-2009TV SeriesHimself
The View2008-2009TV SeriesHimself
The Money Programme2009TV Series documentaryHimself
The Paul O'Grady Show2008TV SeriesHimself
The Royal Variety Performance 20082008TV MovieHimself
Best Ever Worst Dance Moments2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
2008 Asian Excellence Awards2008TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Access Hollywood2008TV SeriesHimself
Happy Birthday Brucie!2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2008TV SeriesHimself
Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann2008TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Ding Dong2008TV SeriesHimself
The 34th Annual People's Choice Awards2008TV SpecialHimself
The Strictly Come Dancing Story2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2007TV SeriesHimself
Dancing with the Stars2007Video GameHimself
The Most Annoying Pop Songs.... We Hate to Love2007TV Series documentaryHimself
The Friday Night Project2007TV SeriesHimself
Richard & Judy2007TV SeriesHimself
DanceX2007TV SeriesHimself - Judge
The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet2007TV SeriesHimself
ASBO Teen to Beauty Queen2006TV SeriesHimself
CC Variety TV2006Video shortHimself
CMT Insider2006TV SeriesHimself
Be My Baby: The Girl Group Story2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Making Your Mind Up2006TV MovieHimself - Judge
2005 TV Moments2005TV MovieHimself
Generation Fame2005TV MovieHimself
The Weakest Link2005TV SeriesHimself
Making Your Mind Up2005TV MovieHimself - Judge
The Don Ho Show1976TV SeriesHimself - Dancer (1977)

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2016TV SeriesHimself
Extra2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
Chelsea Lately2012TV SeriesHimself - Judge on 'Dancing with the Stars'
Almost Famous II2009TV Movie documentary
Dancing with the Stars2007-2008TV SeriesHimself - Judge / Himself - Guest Judge
Larry King Live2007TV SeriesHimself


Nominated Awards

2007Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Reality-Competition ProgramDancing with the Stars (2005)
2007Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV: PersonalityDancing with the Stars (2005)
2006Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Reality-Competition ProgramDancing with the Stars (2005)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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