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Jason Gardiner

Jason Gardiner (born 11 June 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 Gardiner
Born (1971-06-11) 11 June 1971 (age 46)
Melbourne, Australia
Nationality Australian
Years active 1991–present
Television Dancing on Ice (2006–2011, 2013–2014)
Born to Shine (2011)
Stepping Out (2013)
Website Official website

Gardiner was a judge on the first series of the BBC talent show Strictly Dance Fever. From 2006 to 2011, Gardiner was one of the original judges on the ITV show Dancing on Ice. Gardiner returned to Dancing on Ice for its eighth series in 2013, but the show was cancelled after its ninth series in 2014.

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 lifeEdit

Adopted at the age of 6 months, Gardiner was born in Melbourne and grew up in at 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, Gardiner wrote and submitted his first musical and was the youngest ever applicant to attend The Workshop in Sydney.[2]


Year Title Role Reference(s)
2005 Strictly Dance Fever Judge
2006 Live @ 5.30 Regular Panellist
Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice Judge
2006–2011, 2013–2014 Dancing on Ice Judge
2009–2012 This Morning Various roles
2011 Born to Shine Judge
Alone in the Wild[3] Contestant
2013 Stepping Out Judge
2016 Bear Grylls: Mission Survive Contestant
Battlechefs Contestant

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