Kledi Kadiu

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Kledi Kadiu
Born (1974-04-07) 7 April 1974 (age 46)
NationalityItalian (naturalised)
OccupationDancer, actor, television personality, and author

Kledi Kadiu (born 7 April 1974)[1] is an Albanian-born, naturalized Italian dancer, actor, television personality, and author. He is a regular dancer on the popular talent show Amici di Maria De Filippi (Friends of Maria De Filippi), which is presented by Maria De Filippi on Mediaset's Canale 5. He starred in his first film Passa a Due in 2005. He is the founder of the Kledi Dance school in Rome. In 2008, Kadiu became an Italian citizen.


Kledi Kadiu was born in Tirana, Albania, the son of Fisnik Kadiu, an engineer, and Lindita Kadiu, a pharmacist. He grew up in an apartment in the centre of Tirana, along with his parents, sister Ada, and grandparents Xhavit and Kimete. Kadiu attended the National Academy of Dance [it], where he graduated in 1992. He soon began working as a ballet dancer in the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet, where he became the principal dancer, performing in ballets such as Giselle, The Nutcracker Suite, Don Quixote and Daphnis et Chloé.

In 1993, at the age of nineteen, he moved to Italy. Three years later, he made his television debut as a dancer on the Canale 5 programme Quizzone. From 1997 to 2003, Kadiu was a regular dancer on the Buona Domenica variety show. This was followed by work on two popular programmes hosted by Maria De Filippi on Canale 5, C'e Posta Per Te and the Fame-based talent show Amici di Maria De Filippi.

Kadiu posed for the 2003 Calendar of the men's magazine Max. In 2004, Kadiu founded the Kledi Dance school in Rome. The following year, he starred in his first film Passo a Due, a semi-biographical movie directed by Andrea Barzini, where Kadiu portrays Beni, a young Albanian who arrives in Italy seeking fame and fortune as a dancer. He starred in another cinematographic film, La cura del gorilla, as well as a television mini-series which was broadcast by Rai Uno in 2007. That same year, he performed in the ballet Romeo and Juliet, which was produced by the dance company Balletto di Roma.

Kadiu has won two awards. In 2004, he received the Premio Gino Tani Award for Best Artist of the Year, and in 2006, he received the Ginestra d'Oro Award for Best Dancer of the Year.

In January 2009, Kadiu returned to Amici di Maria De Filippi where he is one of the regular dancers on the programme.

On 27 January 2009, Kadiu's autobiography, Meglio di una Favola (Better Than a Fairy-Tale), published by Mondadori, went on sale in Italy.

Personal life[edit]

In 2005, Kadiu began dating Desy Luccini, who was elected Miss Deborah Toscana 2005, and also a finalist in the 2005 edition of the Miss Italy Beauty Pageant.[2] The relationship ended in 2007.[3]

In May 2008, Kadiu was physically assaulted and verbally-abused by a group of three men in a xenophobic attack which took place inside his dance school in the Appio district of Rome.[4] Although Kadiu was not seriously hurt, the attack was condemned by the city's mayor Gianni Alemanno.[5]

At an official ceremony in the Palazzo del Quirinale presided over by Italian president Giorgio Napolitano, Kadiu became an Italian citizen in November 2008. However, he remains proud of his Albanian origins, is a prominent member of the Albanian community in Italy, and was chosen as the face of the "Italian-Albanian Friendship Day" organized by the Italian Foreign Ministry in Tirana, Albania.[6]


As an actor
Title Year Role Notes
Passo a due 2005 Beni Feature film
The Bodyguard's Cure 2006 Adrian Feature film
Ma chi l'avrebbe mai detto 2007 Yassin Italian TV Miniseries; 2 episodes
As himself
Title Year Role Notes
Danza 2010–2014 Himself Host (season 4)
Amici di Maria De Filippi 2001–2012 Cast member: professional dancer
2013–2016 Dance teacher and judge
Music videos
Title Year Artist(s)
"Non vergognarsi mai" 1998 Lucio Dalla
"Vamos a bailar" 2000 Paola e Chiara
"Guardarti dentro" 2008 Alexia


  1. ^ Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Internet Movie Database.
  3. ^ Conti, Andrea. "Finito l'amore, penso alla danz". TGCom24. Mediaset. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  4. ^ La Repubblica.it Cronaca 28 May 2008, retrieved on 19 January 2009
  5. ^ La Repubblica.it Cronaca 28 May 2008, retrieved on 19 January 2009.
  6. ^ Colaiacomo, Alberto. "Intervista a Kledi Kadiu". Immigrazione Oggi. Immigrazione Oggi. Retrieved 3 June 2014.