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Ashley Banjo

Ashley Banjo== Ashley Banjo (born 4 October 1988) is an English street dancer and actor. He is the leader of the dance troupe Diversity, who won the third series of Britain's Got Talent. Banjo is also currently a judge on Got to Dance.

Ashley Banjo
Born Ashley Banjo

4 October 1988 (age 23) Leytonstone, London, England

Occupation Dancer, television presenter, actor

Known for


Personal lifeEdit

He was born to a Nigerian father, Funso Banjo, who was a professional boxer and English mother Danielle, a former professional dancer, who also helps with Diversity's management, and running Danceworks Studios. Banjo was studying physics and biology at Queen Mary, University of London. Banjo has been in a four year relationship

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Francesca Abbot, Ashley's girlfriend


with adam garcia , who is a member of another dance troupe called Out of the Shadows. He says that education comes first for him and he wants to be a scientist. He is the leader of 'Diversity'.


In 2007, Ashley and his younger brother Jordan formed Swift Moves with nine of their friends, before later changing their name to Diversity. He was given the nickname 'Chosen' by his fellow Diversity friends. In their first year together, they won the Street Dance Weekend 2007 competition before deciding to enter Britain's Got Talent.



Britain's Got TalentEdit

Main article: Britain's Got Talent (series 3)In 2009, Diversity won the third series of Britain's Got Talent. All the judges heavily praised their performances throughout the competition, with Ashley's choreography being described by Amanda Holden as "genius". In the final, 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." about their winning performance.

After receiving "yes" votes from all three judges in their audition, Diversity went on to compete in the first semi-final on 24 May, losing the public vote-decided first place to Susan Boyle but winning the judges' vote against Natalie Okri. In the final six days later, Diversity were announced as the winners, beating Boyle and Julian Smith (who came second and third respectively).[1][2]

As winners of the competition, Diversity received £100,000 (around £9,900 per member) went on to perform before Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Variety Show on 7 December 2009.[3] Subsequently, Diversity was nominated in the Dance section of the final South Bank Show awards and won an award at the Pride of Britain Awards[4] On the latest tour he pulled a ligament in his leg which made him unable to perform on the last two shows of Diversity's Christmas tour.

[edit] FilmographyEdit

Year Programme Role Role Notes
2010 StreetDance 3D Aaron Leader of Aaron's Crew
2011 The Real Hustle Himself
2011 The Apprentice Himself Guest Appearence