|Born||Ashley Modurotolu Banjo
4 October 1988
Leytonstone, London, England
|Occupation||Dancer, television presenter, actor|
Ashley Modurotolu Banjo (born 4 October 1988) is an English street dancer, choreographer and actor. He is leader of dance troupe Diversity, who won the third series of Britain's Got Talent. Banjo is also currently a judge on the Sky 1 show Got to Dance.
Personal life 
He was born in Leytonstone, London, to a Nigerian father, Funso Banjo, a professional boxer, and an English mother, Danielle, a former Ballet dancer, who now helps with Diversity's management and also runs Danceworks Studios. He went to St Johns School in Billericay. At the time of Diversity's Britain's Got Talent win, Banjo was studying physics and biology at Queen Mary, University of London having previously attended SEEVIC College. Banjo has been in a six-year relationship with Francesca Abbott, 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.
Ashley Banjo is an Official Ambassador of the United Dance Organisation.
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 members. In their first year together, they won the Street Dance Weekend 2007 competition before deciding to enter Britain's Got Talent.
Britain's Got Talent 
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 referring to their winning performance, 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."
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).
As winners of the competition, Diversity received £100,000 (around £9,900 per member) and went on to perform before Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Variety Show on 7 December 2009. Subsequently, Diversity were nominated in the Dance section of the final South Bank Show awards and won an award at the Pride of Britain Awards 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. In 2012 Diversity did their first arena tour called digitized: Trapped in a game. Ashley Banjo Choreographed, Produced and Directed the tour. Diversity sold out the O2 arena with a standing ovation.
Got To Dance 
|2009||Britain's Got Talent||Himself|
|2010–present||Got to Dance||Himself as a judge|
|2011||The Real Hustle||Himself|
|2012||Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew||Himself|
|2013||Stella||Himself, episode 2.7|
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