Biography: New Zealander Brendan started dancing at the age of six at the insistence of his mum, but he he quickly caught the dancing bug, and became the national champion at Juvenile, Junior and Youth levels. Moving to the UK in 1995 in order to study with world renowned teachers, it was a year later that he met Camilla Dallerup, and together they competed together for the next eight years, turning professional in 2000. Brendan was the first professional dancer to lift the Strictly trophy with newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky and has since competed in all series of Strictly Come Dancing, and along with Anton, Brendan is the longest serving male professional.
Speciality: Latin American
Height: 5' 11"
Favourite Dance: Rumba
  • Asia Pacific Latin American Champion
  • Four times New Zealand Latin American Champion
  • World Open Latin Dance Semi-Finalists
  • International Open Latin Dance Semi-Finalists
  • British Open Latin Dance Semi-Finalists
  • Closed British Championships Finalist - BATD English Open Champion
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    strictly come dancing history

    Series Celebrity Last week Position Last dance(s)
    1 Natasha Kaplinsky Final Winner Quickstep; Samba; Show dance
    2 Sarah Manners 5 6th Samba
    3 Fiona Phillips 4 9th Foxtrot
    4 Claire King 8 6th Samba
    5 Kelly Brook 8 7th* Samba
    6 Lisa Snowdon Final 3rd Foxtrot; Cha cha cha; Show dance
    7 Jo Wood 6 11th Samba
    8 Michelle Williams 7 9th Paso doble
    9 Lulu 6 9th Tango
    10 Victoria Pendleton 8 8th Salsa
    11 Sophie Ellis Bextor Final 4th Viennese Waltz, Show dance
    12 Sunetra Sarker 10 7th Rumba
    13 Kirsty Gallacher 6 11th Charleston
    14 Anastacia 6 10th Jive
    15 Charlotte Hawkins 4 13th Jive

    * celebrity partner retired from competition

    christmas specials

    Brendan has competed in three Christmas Specials, with Natasha Kaplinsky in 2004, with Rachel Hunter in 2005 and with Lisa Snowdon in 2008, and will return in Christmas 2017 to dance with Katie Derham.