Strictly judge Bruno Tonioli heading to Hollywood after landing major film role

Is Hollywood ready for Bruno Tonioli ? The Strictly Come Dancing judge has apparently set his sites on Tinsletown after landing his first major part in a film. But he’s staying tight-lipped about any details surrounding the new project.

The 60-year-old, who has dabbled with acting in the past, told the Mirror: "It’s very exciting, I’ve already filmed it but I can’t say anymore about it. It’s top secret."

When it comes to his fledging acting career it seems Bruno is already thinking big, telling the paper he has set his sights on one particular sci-fi franchise. "My dream role is to be in Star Wars," he said. "I don’t care what I’d be, I'd be Chewbacca’s handbag, darling. If the right offer comes I will pursue it.”

Bruno Tonioli has landed his first major film role at the age of 60 years old

Strictly Come Dancing fans will doubt be tickled by the thought of seeing the popular judge on the big screen. Though whether the extra workload would mean he has to follow in the footsteps of Len Goodman and step down from the show remains to be seen. As a judge on both the UK and US versions of the show, the Italian star certainly has his plate full.

Bruno’s first love was acting, though he’s admitted in the past that his Italian accent made it difficult to get roles. He has enjoyed limited screen success though, with small parts in The Bill and in the Amanda Bynes comedy What a Girl Wants. Eagle-eyed music fans will also have spotted him in the 1983 video for Elton John song I’m Still Standing when he was only 24 years old.

If Bruno does announce his departure from the show, he wouldn’t be the first cast member to leave to follow their dreams this year’s season wrapped.

Professional dancer Aliona Vilani stunned fans when she was leaving the show, just three days after winning with Jay McGuinness. Close sources revealed that she decided to quit the BBC programme to fulfil her dream of starting a family. An insider told the Sun that the 31-year-old dancer is keen to start trying for a baby "right away" with her husband of one year, Vincent Kavanagh.