Ashley Banjo Biography
Ashley Banjo is an English street dancer, choreographer, and actor. He is the leader of dance troupe Diversity who won the third series of Britain’s Got Talent.
|Ashley Banjo Biography|
|Real Name: ||Ashley Modurotolu Banjo|
|Nick Name: ||Chosen|
|Height: ||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight: ||90 kg (199 lbs)|
|Birth Date: ||04-10-1988|
|Birth Place: ||Leytonstone, London, United Kingdom|
|Zodiac Sign: ||Libra|
|Favorite Animal Pet: ||Dog|
Ashley Modurotolu Banjo was born on Oct 4, 1988, in London, United Kingdom. His height is 6 feet and 5 inches. He got an education from the University of London. He is best known for being part of the music group “diversity” since 2007.
Banjo was a judge on the sky1 talent show Got To Dance and co-presenter of the Saturday night BBC game show ‘can’t touch this.’
Ashley Banjo Personal life
Banjo was born to a Nigerian father, Funso Banjo, a professional boxer, and an English mother, Danielle Banjo, a former ballet dancer, who now helps with Diversity’s management and also runs Danceworks Studios. Ashley grew up in Wickford, Essex with his younger brother, Jordan Banjo and his sister Talisa Banjo. He went to St Johns School in Billericay. At the time of Diversity’s Britain’s Got Talent win, Banjo was studying physics and biology at the Queen Mary University of London, having previously attended SEEVIC College. When he completed first two years, he took a break from studying to provide his concentration on his dancing in the year following winning BGT. He told that from the age 14, he started to teach himself routines.
Banjo remained for six years in a relationship with Francesca Abbot who is a member of another dance troupe called ‘Out of the Shadows.’ They announced their engagement on Oct 2, 2014. They married on July 4, 2015. He told that he always gives priority to education and he wants to be a scientist.
Banjo is an official Ambassador for the United Dance Organization.
Ashley Banjo Career
In 2007, Banjo and his younger brother Jordan formed Swift Moves with nine of their friends, before later changing their name to Diversity. He given the nickname ‘chosen’ by one of his diversity members. In their first year together, they won the street dance weekend 2007 competition before their decision to enter Britain’s Got Talent.
In 2009, Diversity won the 3rd series of ITV talent show Britain’s Got Talent, all the judges were very happy by their performances throughout the competition, with Banjo choreography being described by Amanda Holden as ‘genius.’ In the final referring to their winning performance, judge Simon Cowell said: “if I was going to give marks on that, that is the only performance tonight I would give a 10 to”. After getting ‘yes’ from all three judges in their audition, Diversity continued to compete in the first semi-final losing the public vote decided the first place to Susan Boyle but winning the judges vote against Natalie. In the last six days, Diversity was declared as winners, beating Boyle and Julian Smith. Being winners of the competition, Diversity received £100,000 and went on to perform before Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Variety Show on Dec 7, 2009.
Subsequently, they were nominated for the dance session of the final South Bank Show awards and won an award at the Pride of Britain Awards. He pulled a ligament in his leg during the second run of the diversity which made him unable to perform on the last two shows of Diversity’s Christmas tour.
In the year of 2012, Diversity made their first arena tour called “Digitized, Trapped in the Game.” Banjo produced and directed the tour. Diversity sold out two arenas with a standing ovation.
In 2013, Banjo choreographed the third tour for Diversity called Limitless. The tour ran from Nov 30 to Dec 16.
Ashley Banjo Fame
Ashley banjo was a judge on sky1 dancing talent show ‘got to dance’ for all five series. They appeared as guest performers at least once every series. On the whole, they did nine performances on the show. In 2015, he presented Perspectives: Michael Jackson’s Thriller with Ashley Banjo.
In 2015, he worked for new BBC game show called ‘can’t touch this’ for which Banjo hosted alongside Zoe Ball. The series began airing in March 2016.
In 2017, Banjo selected as a judge on the new ITV series ‘dance, dance, and dance’, presented by Alesha Dixon and Will Best. Banjo will join the judging panel for the 10th series of ‘dancing on ice’ in 2018.
Ashley Banjo Facts
Birth sign of Ashley banjo is Libra. He recognized for his style of judging on the Sky One talent show.
The net worth of Banjo estimated over $1million. He is not only famous but a wealthy person too. He also charged an impressive amount for his appearance on TV shows.
His dancing talent earned him a spot as a judge on the British reality dance competition, ‘got to dance.’
Banjo is a professional boxer. He likes astrophysics and particle physics.
According to Banjo. His best friends are his little brother Jordan and his little sister Talisa. His nickname is Bish Bash.
Banjo is the hard-working guy who finds no shame to work for his career. ‘secret street crew’ is one of his favorites TV shows. He also loves to watch his shows because sometimes he forgets that what happens in his shows.
Banjo finds chill in having house parties, he likes to spend time with his friends and often watching movies. His biggest regret is about ballet training which he could not get properly.
According to Banjo the best thing that his parents taught him is that motto of the diversity which “dream, believe and achieve.”
Banjo likes motorbikes, but he is of the view that bikes are dangerous. He likes fatty food. Banjo likes to spend his Sunday in training the boys and then on the beach.
Favorite place of Banjo in Britain is central London. He loves going down the Oxford Circus and Piccadilly. He visited many new cities, but for him, London is one of the most amazing places.
The best day in the life of banjo was his last tour when he was walking out to a sold-out crowd with his family and friends in the audience. That was a landmark that he wanted to achieve.