Craig Revel Horwood

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Craig Revel Horwood
Craig Revel Horwood.jpg
Revel Horwood at the 2008 Red Bull Flugtag
Born (1965-01-04) 4 January 1965 (age 49)
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Residence London, England, UK
Occupation Television personality, choreographer, conductor, dancer, theatre director

Craig Revel Horwood (born 4 January 1965) is an Australian-British dancer, choreographer and theatre director in the United Kingdom. He is a patron of the National Osteoporosis Society. Revel Horwood has substantial theatre credits in choreography and directing, but is best known as a judge on the BBC dancing show Strictly Come Dancing. He published his autobiography in 2008.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Ballarat, Australia in 1965, Revel Horwood started his career as a dancer in Melbourne, then moved to London to take advantage of the greater opportunities available there. In 1989 he moved to the UK from Australia, and on 20 August 2011,[1] he became a British citizen.[2]

In his autobiography, Revel Horwood (nicknamed Craig Revel Horrid) reveals that at the age of 17 he made money by appearing as a drag queen in bars and clubs and that his relationship with an unnamed celebrity was akin to prostitution.[3]

He has twice undergone plastic surgery. The first occasion was a "nose job" at the age of 18. In 2011, Revel Horwood revealed that he had undergone a breast reduction during 2010 because his "C"-size cups rendered dancing painful.[4]

In December 2014, Revel Horwood informed a reporter from OK magazine that "I was bisexual for a long time. I flitted between men and women quite a lot between the ages of 17 and 26. My wife Jane left me for another man. Then I fell in love with a bloke. I have been gay ever since."[5] His partner; Damon Scott is known for coming runner up on Britain's Got Talent. Scott and Revel Horwood have been dating since 2013.[citation needed] In September 2014, they moved in to a house in Hampshire together.[6]

Revel Horwood became a patron of the National Osteoporosis Society in 2009.[7] In this, he has found common ground with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the Society's Royal patron (whose mother, like his, was afflicted with bone disease).[8] The two of them danced the cha-cha-cha together on a school visit to mark National Osteoporosis Day in 2009.[9]

Theatre[edit]

West End and UK[edit]

Extensive West End credits include Spend Spend Spend and My One and Only, both of which garnered him Laurence Olivier Award nominations for Best Choreography. He was associate director/choreographer of West Side Story, assisted Bob Avian with Martin Guerre and was resident director of Miss Saigon. He also choreographed Hard Times – The Musical, Calamity Jane, Tommy Cooper – Jus' Like That and directed and choreographed Beautiful and Damned. He choreographed the play Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, starring Claire Bloom and Billy Zane at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket.[10]

He directed the Welsh Première Concert Production of My Land's Shore for the Gate Theatre in Cardiff.[11] During the summer of 2008, he directed a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Sunset Boulevard at the Watermill Theatre, which transferred to London's West End at the Comedy Theatre.[12]

Revel Horwood directed and choreographed the 2010–2011 UK and Canadian tour of Chess – a revival of the 1986 musical conceived and written by Tim Rice, with music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus (of Abba). The show has garnered reasonable reviews for its staging and lighting[13]

In 2012, he is directing the UK Tour of Strictly Come Dancing for the second year running.[14]

International credits[edit]

Regional theatre choreography credits include Pal Joey, Arcadia, On the Razzle and My One and Only at the Chichester Festival Theatre, Guys and Dolls in Sheffield, Anything Goes and South Pacific for Grange Park Opera and Hot Mikado at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury.

International productions include Crazy for You (South Africa), Fiddler on the Roof and Sweet Charity (Amsterdam and Netherlands national tour), Chess (Denmark), Bonheur (Paris), Copacabana (Denmark), Der Kuhhandel (Austria) and Glanzlichter (Berlin).

Special Events[edit]

Revel Horwood directed the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and staged Once Upon a Time – The Life of Hans Christian Andersen, a live concert in Copenhagen to mark the author's bicentenary which was televised worldwide.

Pantomime[edit]

In December 2009, Revel Horwood played the part of the Queen in Snow White and the 7 Dwarves at Theatr Cymru in Llandudno, North Wales,[15] a role he reprised in December 2010 at the Hawth in Crawley[16] and at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford, Kent, in 2011 alongside Ann Widdecombe.[17] In December 2012 Craig played the same role in the Swan Theatre in High Wycombe, again alongside Widdecombe. In late 2012 it was announced that he will be performing in Snow White at the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend.

Television[edit]

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

Revel Horwood is familiar to British television audiences as a member of the judging panel on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing since its inception in 2004. He has a reputation for being the harshest of the Strictly Come Dancing judges and is often the recipient of booing from the studio audience.[18] On top of all this, he attracted widespread criticism for his apparent bias towards Emma Bunton in the fourth series of the competition.[19] He is known for stringently applying rules, as for example when marking down for an "illegal lift" in the Viennese Waltz if the lady's foot leaves the floor.

Unqualified praise, or a perfect 10 mark from Revel Horwood, is considered hard won and therefore highly prized by contestants and audiences alike.

Catchphrases[edit]

In the context of his judging, Revel Horwood has become widely known and imitated for his locutions, which often include exaggeratedly lengthened vowels, including: "It was a complete dahnce di-sah-ster, dahling" and "Chah-Chah-Chah". Such is their popularity that they are available as ringtones through Revel Horwood's website, with profits going to the National Osteoporosis Society.[20]

His appreciative utterance of: "Three words: Fab-u-lous!" has attained iconic status, with the syllables of the word articulated as three separate words. Revel Horwood similarly breaks up the syllables and throws the stress forward to the final syllable for "A-ma-zing!".[21]

To appreciate erotically-charged routines, Revel Horwood will declaim, "absolute filth," often immediately followed by "...and I loved it!" This has been used often enough to become a recognised formula. Passing judgment on Kimberley Walsh in 2012, "Craig Revel Horwood said the dance was 'indecent, improper, absolute filth,' and added: ‘I loved it.’"[22] Of Claire King's rhumba with Brendan Cole in 2006, "judge Craig Revel Horwood declared, "That was absolute filth. I loved it."[23] Similarly, he lauded Harry Judd's performance in 2011 with "'It had authority, dominance, command, control. It was filth and I loved it!'[24]

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

He was a judge on Dancing with the Stars in New Zealand, along with Brendan Cole. It was quite frequent for the two men's opinions and scores to be markedly different.

Comic Relief Does Fame Academy[edit]

Revel Horwood became a judge on Comic Relief Does Fame Academy in 2005, along with Lesley Garrett and Richard Park. He and Garrett replaced vocal coaches David Grant and Carrie Grant on the panel; however the pair still appeared as voice coaches on the show. He returned as a judge for the third series of the Comic Relief edition in 2007. The show was cancelled by the BBC after the third series had ended.

Other TV appearances[edit]

Revel Horwood can be seen in Episode 5 of Series 2 of Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends, during which Theroux investigates the trials and tribulations of struggling New York City actors. He is introduced as Craig Horwood at an audition for a musical on a Norwegian cruise ship, for which he is the choreographer.

In May and June 2007, he appeared as a contestant on Celebrity MasterChef, reaching the final alongside Nadia Sawalha and Midge Ure.

On 15 April 2010, Revel Horwood was the celebrity guest judge on Daily Cooks Challenge. On 13 August 2010, he appeared on Would I Lie to You?. During 2011, he guested on Celebrity Juice (Episode 6, series 5; 17 March) and on Ask Rhod Gilbert (28 September). In January 2012, he appeared on BBC TV series The Magicians.

For the week beginning 3 September 2012, he appeared as a panellist on The Wright Stuff on Channel 5.

On 22 October 2012, he appeared on ITV's Loose Women. He also appeared on CBBC's television programme 12 Again in 2012, talking about his life when he was 12. 22 February 2013 he appeared on Room 101

Revel Horwood lent his vocals to a single released by other celebrities under tutorage of choirmaster Gareth Malone for the Children In Need 2014 Charity Single. The choir performed a version of Avicii's Wake Me Up. On 16th November 2014 it was revealed that the single had reached Number 1 in the UK Single Charts.

Maestro at the Opera[edit]

Revel Horwood won the reworked version of the 2008 BBC series Maestro, called '"Maestro at the Opera." He competed against Josie Lawrence, Marcus du Sautoy and Trevor Nelson. Also appearing were Mark Elder, Danielle de Niese, Alfie Boe and Kiri te Kanawa. The series was partly filmed at London's Royal Opera House,[25] where Revel Horwood, as eventual winner, conducted Act II of La Bohème in late 2012.[26]

Publications[edit]

In 2008, Michael O'Mara Books published Revel Horwood's autobiography, All Balls and Glitter: My Life.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ask Rhod Gilbert, 28 September 2011
  2. ^ 8 out of 10 Cats, 7 October 2011
  3. ^ English, Paul (4 October 2008), "Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood on being attacked in the street", Daily Record, retrieved 14 October 2008 
  4. ^ Daily Mail summation of Daily Mirror story. Accessed 19 December 2011.
  5. ^ Takyi, Stephanie (16 December 2014). "'We might adopt in the future': Craig Revel Horwood opens up about having children". Daily Express. 
  6. ^ Takyi, Stephanie (16 December 2014). "'We might adopt in the future': Craig Revel Horwood opens up about having children". Daily Express. 
  7. ^ National Osteoporosis Society Press Archive article, 20 October 2009. Accessed 25 December 2012.
  8. ^ Bryony Gordon, "The Queen, Camilla and Craig", Daily Telegraph, 28 October 2011. Accessed 25 December 2011.
  9. ^ "Perfect 10 for rhythmic Camilla as she shows off her best "Strictly" steps, HELLO!, 21 October 2009. Accessed 25 December 2012.
  10. ^ Reviews from The Independent, dated 4 December 2006. Accessed 19 December 2011.
  11. ^ Theatre Wales news. Accessed 19 December 2011.]
  12. ^ Interview with Craig Revel Horwood. The show ran 4 December 2008 – 18 April 2009 at the Comedy Theatre.
  13. ^ "Chess – Mayflower Theatre, Southampton". The Public Reviews. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  14. ^ Strictly Come Dancing website. Accessed 19 December 2011.
  15. ^ "Craig Revel Horwood in Snow White panto at Venue Cymru – Mail Series". Theonlinemail.co.uk. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  16. ^ "Craig Revel Horwood launches 'strictly' wicked pantomime!". Thesussexnewspaper.com. 16 October 2010. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  17. ^ Daily Mail review. Accessed 19 December 2011.
  18. ^ In terms of judging harshness, he may be compared to Dancing on Ice's [Jason Gardiner], a similarly harsh judge.
  19. ^ Craig Revel Horwood backs Emma Bunton
  20. ^ Ringtones page from Craig Revel Horwood's website. Accessed 24 December 2012.
  21. ^ Ringtones of Revel Horwood's catchphrases are available. Accessed 15 December 2010.
  22. ^ "Louis Smith Wins Full Marks For Topless Showdance in Strictly Come Dancing Final," Metro, 22 December 2012. Accessed 24 December 2012.
  23. ^ Alison Boshoff, "Strictly Come Dancing Heats Up On and Off the Dancefloor," Metro, 22 December 2012. Accessed 24 December 2012.
  24. ^ Nadia Mendoza, "'It was Filth and I Loved It!'", Daily Mail, 14 November 2011. Accessed 24 December 2012.
  25. ^ Royal Opera House website report, by Chris Shipman, 29 February 2012. Accessed 29 February 2012.
  26. ^ ""Craig Revel Horwood swaps the ballroom for the baton for the chance to become a classical conductor for revived BBC show Maestro" by Liz Thomas, in the Daily Mail. Accessed 29 February 2012". Mail Online. 
  27. ^ Amazon Product information page. Accessed 19 December 2011.

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