Anthony Koutoufides Biography – Anthony Koutoufides Wiki
Anthony Koutoufides is a retired Australian rules footballer. He spent all his playing career with the Carlton Football Club from 1992–2007. Koutoufides played 278 games for the Blues in a distinguished career from 1992-2007 and was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame in 2014. He was a gladiator in the Australian television series Gladiators in character as Kouta, “a Gladiator touched by the gods” and won the Australian version of Dancing with the Stars in 2006.
Anthony Koutoufides Dancing with the Stars
AFL Hall of Famer Anthony Koutoufides is returning to the dance floor for the nineteenth season of Dancing with the Stars. He has teamed up with his dancing partner Jessica Raffa. Koutoufides, who won the dancing show in 2006 with his partner Natalie Lowe, explained why he decided to return to the show.
“It was very tough … particularly after a win, you’re pretty worried about coming back and not winning again,” he said on The Morning Show. “It was 15 years ago, I knew it was going to be something different for me but it was just the perfect timing because I’ve been just sitting at home for so long and I had my wife and daughter who were really right behind me and encouraging me to do the show.”
“I’m back [on Dancing With The Stars Australia]. 15 years ago I had one of the greatest experiences of my life and now I have the privilege of doing it all again with the very talented [Jessica Raffa] as my dance partner,” Koutoufides wrote on Instagram. “This will certainly test the old body but looking forward to the challenge again. Bring it on!”
Greek Australian actress, Olympia Valance, will also be returning to the dance floor after first appearing on season 16 of the show in 2019. Koutoufides and Valance will be joined by 10 other series winners including TV host, Grant Denyer (2006), actor, Bridie Carter (2007), and former AFL player, David Rodan (2014). Newcomers, Deni Hines, Sam McMillan, Kris Smith and Cameron Daddo, will also try their hand at dancing for the first time as wildcard entrants.
Anthony Koutoufides Age
Anthony Koutoufides was born on 18 January 1973 on the border of Lalor and Thomastown, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Anthony Koutoufides Parents
Koutoufides was born to migrant parents, Jim and Anna Koutoufides. His father had a Greek-Cypriot background, but was born in Egypt. His mother came to Australia from Northern Italy.
“My father had a Greek-Cypriot background, but was born in Egypt. A new government came in and he and his family had to flee the country,” Koutoufides said. “His father, brother and sister went to South Africa, his two other brothers went to Greece and he came to Australia alone.”
“My Mum, by the age of 22, had lost both her parents. She came to Australia from Northern Italy to reunite with her brother, but with the intention of returning. But then my parents met and here is where they stayed.”
“Mum and Dad sacrificed everything and I could see that even as a kid,” Koutoufides said. “They couldn’t give me more, but I felt like I had everything because they gave me love.”
Anthony Koutoufides Wife
Who is Anthony Koutoufides’ wife? The AFL legend is married to his wife Susie Angeloski. They have been married since 2002.
In 2010, Koutoufides was struck down by a combination of physical illness and mental lethargy, the latter understood to be a silent assassin as former players deal with the realities of life away from competition and the football club. In 2014, Carlton legend Anthony Koutoufides revealed his battle with depression in his post-football life. He kept it a secret and never spoke to his wonderful wife about it.
“I have a wonderful wife … but I don’t think I’ve ever sat with her and spoken to her about it. She knew I was struggling health-wise, and she a was really good support, but maybe I never wanted to own up the facts.”
Anthony Koutoufides Family
Anthony Koutoufides and his wife Susie Angeloski have three children, Monique Koutoufides, Jamie Koutoufides and Lukas Koutoufides. Anthony Koutoufides’ daughter, Monique, is a model. She made her major runway debut in March 2021 at the Melbourne Fashion Festival for designer Aron Katona, in the hopes of pursuing a professional modeling career.
Anthony Koutoufides Height
Koutoufides stands at a height of 191 cm (6 ft 3 in).
Anthony Koutoufides Instagram
Anthony Koutoufides’ Instagram handle is @anthonykoutoufides.