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Jason Gardiner (born 6 November 1971) 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 (1971-11-06) 6 November 1971 (age 47)
Melbourne, Australia
OccupationChoreographer, singer, theatre producer
Years active1991–present
TelevisionDancing on Ice (2006–2011, 2013–14, 2018–19)
Born to Shine (2011)
Stepping Out (2013)
WebsiteOfficial 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. He returned as a judge on the show in 2018[1], before leaving the show for a second time in 2019.[2]

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 six 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.[3]

At 12, Gardiner wrote and submitted his first musical and was the youngest ever applicant to attend The Workshop in Sydney.[4]


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, 2018-2019 Dancing on Ice Judge
2009–2012 This Morning Various roles
2011 Born to Shine Judge
Alone in the Wild[5] Contestant
2013 Stepping Out Judge
2016 Bear Grylls: Mission Survive Contestant
Battlechefs Contestant
2018 Ant and Dec Saturday Night Takeaway Series 15 mini series Saturday Knight Takeaway Himself, Member of The Dishonoured


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  1. ^ "Dancing on Ice has just confirmed another judge". 25 October 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Jason Gardiner quits Dancing On Ice". Heart Radio. 21 August 2019. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  3. ^ Mccaffrey, Julie (27 January 2007). "Jason puts the boot in". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Jason Gardiner : PROFILE". Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Alone in the Wild - Jason OCD". 15 September 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  6. ^ "1998 Video Cast List". Really Useful Group. Archived from the original on 7 April 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Tipping Point: Lucky Stars Episode 6". Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 December 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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