Jason Gardiner

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Jason Gardiner
Born(1971-11-06) 6 November 1971 (age 42)
Melbourne, Australia
NationalityAustralian
Years active1991-present
TelevisionDancing on Ice (2006-11, 13-14)
Born to Shine (2011)
Stepping Out (2013—)
Website
Official Website
 
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Jason Gardiner
Born(1971-11-06) 6 November 1971 (age 42)
Melbourne, Australia
NationalityAustralian
Years active1991-present
TelevisionDancing on Ice (2006-11, 13-14)
Born to Shine (2011)
Stepping Out (2013—)
Website
Official Website

Jason Gardiner (born 6 November 1971)[citation needed] is an Australian choreographer, singer, and theatre producer best known for his role as a caustic and controversial judge on the ITV shows, Dancing on Ice, Born to Shine and Stepping Out.

Jason was previously a judge on the first series of the BBC talent show Strictly Dance Fever. In 2006, Gardiner was one of the judges invited to take part in Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice, an Australian version of Dancing on Ice, screened on the Nine Network.

Early life[edit]

Adopted at the age of 6 months, Gardiner was born in Melbourne and grew up in rural Victoria. He was bullied at school for being homosexual and suffered from anorexia for two years until he came to terms with his sexuality at the age of 16.[1]

At 12, he wrote and submitted his first musical and was the youngest ever applicant to attend The Workshop in Sydney.[2]

Career[edit]

Gardiner has lived a varied and colourful life which has spanned theatre, film, TV and cabaret. Having started aged 16, he began his professional career in the original Australian cast of 42nd Street and then went on to perform in over 20 award winning musicals over the past 17 years in three continents.

He trained at the Australian Ballet School and Broadway Dance Center, Steps NYC, the Actors Centre – Sydney, London and New York and earned a Scholarship at the New York Performing Arts Centre.

Whilst Gardiner was performing in The Royal National Theatre's award-winning production of the Cole Porter hit Anything Goes in 2004, he was cast as the Culture Guru for the UK version of Queer Eye For the Straight Guy on LIVINGtv and Channel 4. He tried doing the two jobs simultaneously for 8 weeks and ended up in hospital due to fatigue and was forced to make a decision over which to keep; he chose to pursue a career in TV. Gardiner is currently a judge on ITV's Dancing on Ice in the UK having returned in 2013 after being dropped from the 2012 series after ITV received a large amount of complaints about his unnecessary cutting insults of numerous contestants. He is often at odds with the other judges (in particular the Ex-Professional Ice Skaters) because of his negative attitude towards the celebrity competitors. He also appears on Nine Network's Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice in Australia as a judge on the panel. Jason is currently the fashion expert for ITV's This Morning, and has also appeared on ITV's Loose Women @ 5.30! and on the panel of Born To Shine.

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleReference(s)
2005Strictly Dance FeverJudge
2006Live @ 5.30Regular Panellist
Torvill and Dean's Dancing on IceJudge
2006-2011, 2013-2014Dancing on IceJudge
2009-2012This MorningVarious roles
2011Born to ShineJudge
2013—Stepping OutJudge

Guest appearances[edit]

Theatre[edit]

Choreography[edit]

Vocal recordings[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mccaffrey, Julie (27 January 2007). "Jason puts the boot in". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Jason Gardiner : PROFILE

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