Julianne Hough Biography

(Judge on Dancing with the Stars)

Birthday: July 20, 1988 (Cancer)

Born In: Orem, Utah, United States

Julianne Hough is a renowned American dancer, actress, singer-songwriter, and celebrity judge. She is best known for playing the lead role in the 2011 film 'Footloose.' She is also known for her outstanding career as a dancer and choreographer. She started dancing at the young age of 10. After going through highs and lows in her dance as well as acting career, she has now established herself as one of the most prominent choreographers in the industry. She also has the distinction of being a two-time professional champion of the well-known dance reality show 'Dancing with the Stars.' Julianne has won several awards and competitions, which has made her a household name. In 2014, she became the fourth permanent judge of 'Dancing with the Stars,' becoming the first former competitor of the show to serve as a judge. Inspiring a number of young hearts across the globe, Julianne has gone about displaying her skills as a dancer and actress. In 2019, she joined ‘America’s Got Talent’ as a judge. One of her famous quotes is “Adrenaline is the reason I do what I do.”

Quick Facts

Also Known As: Julianne Alexandra Hough

Age: 35 Years, 35 Year Old Females


Spouse/Ex-: Brooks Laich (m. 2017)

father: Bruce Robert Hough

mother: Mari Anne Hough

siblings: Derek Hough, Katherine Hough, Marabeth Hough, Sharee Hough

Born Country: United States

Actresses Choreographers

Height: 5'3" (160 cm), 5'3" Females

U.S. State: Utah

Notable Alumni: Las Vegas Academy, Alta High School, Italia Conti Academy Of Theatre Arts

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education: Italia Conti Academy Of Theatre Arts, Las Vegas Academy, Alta High School

Childhood & Early Life
Julianne was born Julianne Alexandra Hough on July 20, 1988, in Orem, Utah, USA, to Marianne and Bruce Hough. She is the youngest of five children in her family.
Julianne and her brother Derek Hough have been champions of 'Dancing with the Stars' on multiple occasions. Her three older sisters are Sharee, Marabeth, and Katherine.
She started her formal training in Latin Ballroom at the ‘Center Stage Performing Arts’ along with Josh Murillo. She began to participate in dancing competitions at the age of nine. She was just 10 when her parents divorced; she, along with her brother Derek, was sent to London to live and study with Corky and Shirley Ballas.
She joined her brother Derek at the ‘Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts’ where they received training in theater, music, gymnastics, and several forms of dance, including ballet, jazz, and tap.
She was the youngest American dancer to win both ‘International Latin Youth Champion’ and ‘Junior World Latin Champion’ at the ‘Blackpool Dance Festival.’
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Hough’s career has seen an amazing number of highs. She became one of the ‘Million Dollar Dancers’ on the ABC game show 'Show Me The Money' in 2006.
She went on to receive the trophy of the renowned dance reality show ‘Dancing with the Stars - Season 5,’ and became the youngest professional dancer to win the show. As one trophy was not enough for the dancer, she went on to win the title of professional champion at the same show in November 2007.
In July 2008, she received a nomination under the ‘Outstanding Choreography’ category at the 60th ‘Primetime Emmy Awards.’
As it turned out, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ played a very important role in her career. The show helped her to become an exceptional dancer and choreographer.
Though she could not be a part of the seventh season of the show due to abdominal pain, she returned to the eighth season with her then boyfriend and partner Chuck Wicks.
Hough returned to the sets of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ on October 11, 2011, and danced with her ‘Footloose’ co-star Kenny Wormald as well as with her brother.
After being featured as a guest judge on the show in October 2013, she finally returned as the fourth permanent judge, becoming the first former pro to become a permanent judge in the show.
She made a mark as a country singer when her self-titled debut album released in 2007. It peaked at #1 on the ‘Billboard Country Album’ chart and #3 on the ‘Billboard 200.’
She is actively involved in charities and humanitarian efforts. Her first album aimed at raising funds for ‘American Red Cross.’
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She performed her second single 'My Hallelujah Song' on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ in November 2008. Derek Hough, Lacey Schwimmer, and Mark Ballas danced while she performed the song.
Hough released her song ‘Is That So Wrong’ on country radio on June 21, 2010. This song was projected as the lead single of her second album ‘Wildfire,’ but due to unknown reasons the album never released.
She was cast as ‘Jolene’ in the ‘Netflix’ anthology series ‘Heartstrings’ in 2018. The series premiered on ‘Netflix’ on November 22, 2019.
Major Works
A lesser known fact is that Hough started her acting career with 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone' in 2001. She appeared in her first leading role as ‘Ariel Moore’ in the 2011 remake of ‘Footloose.’ In the film, she appeared alongside Kenny Wormald.
She appeared in the role of ‘Sandy Young’ in Fox's presentation of the musical ‘Grease’ on January 31, 2016.
Awards & Achievements
She is a two-time professional champion of ABC's ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and was nominated for a ‘Creative Arts Primetime Emmy’ in 2007 for ‘Outstanding Choreography’ in the fifth season of the show.
She won the ‘Primetime Emmy Award’ for ‘Outstanding Choreography’ in 2015.
Personal Life & Legacy
Julianne Hough was in a relationship with country singer Chuck Wicks from August 2008 to November 2009. Their breakup was mutual and it inspired her to compose the song ‘Is That So Wrong.’
After her breakup with Chuck Wicks, she dated radio personality and TV host Ryan Seacrest from 2010 to 2013.

In February 2014, it was reported that she had been dating NHL professional hockey player Brooks Laich since December 2013. Julianne Hough and Laich got engaged on August 18, 2015. The couple got married on July 8, 2017. On November 2, 2020, Hough filed for divorce from Laich.

She was ranked #30 on ‘Maxim’ magazine’s list of ‘Hot 100 Women of 2008.’
In 2006, at the age of 18, she was engaged to Zack Wilson.
Hough idolizes Dolly Parton.

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