Jason Gardiner

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Jason Gardiner
Born (1965-06-11) 11 June 1965 (age 53)
Melbourne, Australia
Nationality Australian
Occupation Choreographer, singer, theatre producer
Years active 1991–present
Television Dancing on Ice (2006–2011, 2013–2014, 2018—)
Born to Shine (2011)
Stepping Out (2013)
Website Official website

Jason Gardiner (born 11 June 1965)[1] 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.

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.[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 life[edit]

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— 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
Ant and Dec Saturday Night Takeaway Series 15 mini series Saturday Knight Takeaway Himself, Member of The Dishonoured

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  1. ^ "Ten Things You Never Knew About Jason Gardiner". Digital Spy. 2010-02-03. Retrieved 2018-02-11. 
  2. ^ "Dancing on Ice has just confirmed another judge". Digitalspy.com. 25 October 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017. 
  3. ^ Mccaffrey, Julie (27 January 2007). "Jason puts the boot in". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Jason Gardiner : PROFILE". Jasongardiner.com. Retrieved 30 October 2017. 
  5. ^ "Alone in the Wild - Jason OCD". Youtube.com. 15 September 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2017. 
  6. ^ "Tipping Point: Lucky Stars Episode 6". Itv.com. Retrieved 30 October 2017. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 December 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 

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