John Partridge (actor)
John Partridge photographed in 2012
|Occupation||Actor, dancer, singer, television presenter|
Over the Rainbow
Celebrity Big Brother
Taking the Next Step
|Partner(s)||Jon Tsouras (2011–present)|
John Partridge (born 24 July 1971) is an English actor, dancer, singer, panelist and television presenter, who is probably best known for the role of Christian Clarke in the long-running BBC television soap opera EastEnders, having joined the cast in January 2008. He has worked extensively as a singer and dancer in musical theatre, portraying Rum Tum Tugger in the official film production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats. He is also known for winning the 2018 series of Celebrity Masterchef.
Partridge initially had trained in ballet at the Royal Ballet Lower School, appearing in the television adaptation of Stan Barstow's novel A Kind of Loving in 1982. He went on to train in musical theatre at the Bush Davies School of Theatre Arts and Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts. He left college early at the age of 16, to join the cast of the original UK tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats.
Partridge joined the touring cast of Cats in 1988 and was dance captain from 1989 to 1990. He played the roles of Alonzo and Rumpus Cat and understudied the roles of Mr. Mistoffelees and Rum Tum Tugger. He later joined the West End production of the show at the New London Theatre, playing the roles of Rum Tum Tugger and Munkustrap and in 1998, he appeared as Rum Tum Tugger in the official film production of the show, produced by Lloyd Webber and filmed at the Adelphi Theatre. Partridge later returned to the West End cast of the show prior to its closure in 2002 and has also appeared as Rum Tum Tugger in the German production in Düsseldorf.
Partridge's TV appearances include The Hot Shoe Show, a documentary called Aspects of Dancing, and BBC2 comedy Game On where he portrayed a predatory gay gym member attempting to chat up the sexually confused lead character Matthew. He has appeared in television commercials for Colgate Toothpaste and Cadbury's Twirl. He has also been a guest on daytime chat shows such as This Morning and Pebble Mill. From January 2008 to November 2012, Partridge was a permanent cast member of the BBC One soap opera, EastEnders playing the role of Christian Clarke, the gay brother of Jane Beale and was typically recognised as a member of the Beale family. His last appearance was on 15 November 2012. Partridge also worked as a choreographer on the show.
In 2010, Partridge, together with Sheila Hancock and Charlotte Church, was one of the judges for the new Andrew Lloyd Webber TV show Over The Rainbow, in search to find a young girl to play Dorothy in a new production of The Wizard of Oz. In April 2010, Partridge was a guest panellist on an episode of ITV's Celebrity Juice. In November 2010, Partridge was awarded the Entertainer of the Year award at the annual Stonewall Awards ceremony.
Since 2010, Partridge has presented the National Lottery and has co-presented the programme with Jenni Falconer since 2011. On 12 December 2010 he appeared on All Star Family Fortunes to raise money for the Terrence Higgins Trust but lost to Caroline Flack.
In July 2012, it was announced at a press launch that Partridge will be once again taking on the role of Prince Charming in Cinderella, this time at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham, which ran from 8 December 2012 until 13 January 2013.
On 7 September 2012, Partridge announced that he would be leaving EastEnders filming his final scenes two weeks later. Partridge briefly reprised the role in May 2014 for two episodes when his character attended the funeral of Lucy Beale. In January 2015, it was announced that Partridge will be reprising the role once again for a week-long stint to celebrate EastEnders 30th anniversary celebrations in February 2015.
Starting in February 2013, Partridge took on the role of Zach in the West End revival of A Chorus Line. It was announced that he would be appearing in Dames 'n' Dudes at the Hippodrome, London from 22–27 April 2013. He later appeared on Let's Dance for Comic Relief in 2013 with his co-stars to perform one of the numbers from A Chorus Line.
In September 2014, Partridge released his first album, entitled Dames, Dudes + Cowboys Too, an 11-song, 10-track album (10 official tracks, with an additional surprise song embedded in the final track). He held a launch party to promote the release of the album at The Borderline, a London club, on Wednesday 17 September 2014. In November 2015 it was announced that he will play Billy Flynn in the 2016 UK tour of Chicago.
In April 2016 Partridge said he was "thrilled" to be returning to EastEnders later that year.
In May 2018 it was announced that he would be appearing on Celebrity Masterchef later that year. He won the competition, beating Martin Bayfield and Spencer Matthews. Later that month, he appeared on Greatest Talent Show Moments, broadcast by Channel 5 to discuss the judging on Over The Rainbow. In June 2018, Partridge announced via Twitter that he would be joining the cast of The Case of the Frightened Lady.
Partridge's mother suffered from Alzheimer's disease. In August 2014, he revealed he had lost four stone since 2012 due to the stress of seeing his mother develop the disease. Partridge has also cited this as the reason why he will not be returning to EastEnders, although he has briefly returned to EastEnders for two episodes in May 2014 and for a week for the show's anniversary celebrations in February 2015. He also made a brief return in summer 2016.
Awards and nominations
- 2008 – TV Quick and TV Choice Awards – Best Newcomer – nominated
- 2010 – Stonewall Awards – Entertainer of the Year – won
- The View UpStairs - Buddy, 2019, Soho Theatre, London
- Sleeping Beauty - Prince Michael of Maravia, 2017/18, Grove Theatre, Dunstable
- La Cage aux Folles – Albin, UK tour 2017
- Chicago – Billy Flynn, UK tour 2016
- Cinderella - Prince Charming, 2015/16 Royal & Derngate, Northampton
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Prince John, 2014/15 Swansea
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Prince John, 2013/14 Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham
- A Chorus Line - Zach, 2013 The London Palladium
- Cinderella - Prince Charming, 2012/13 Theatre Royal, Nottingham
- Cinderella - Prince Charming, 2011/12 Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
- The Drowsy Chaperone – Novello Theatre, 2007
- Miss Saigon – John, UK tour 2005
- Taboo – Marilyn, The Venue
- Hunting of the Snark – Butcher, Prince Edward Theatre
- Tommy – The Hawker Captain Walker Shaftesbury Theatre
- Grease – Roger, Dominion Theatre
- The Fix – Donmar Warehouse
- Rent – Roger Davis, Berlin & Düsseldorf (Germany)
- Notre Dame de Paris (musical) – Gringoire, Dominion Theatre
- Black Goes with Everything – Churchill Theatre, Bromley
- Starlight Express – Electra, Apollo Victoria Theatre
- Cats – Rum Tum Tugger
- Dick Whittington - King Rat, Theatre Royal, Plymouth
- 102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue – Manny the mole (voice)
- The New Starlight Express (1992) as Electra the Electric Train (CD)
- Cats (1998) as Rum Tum Tugger (DVD)
- Rent (1999) original German cast recording as Roger Davis (CD)
- The Fix (musical) original London cast recording (CD)
- Taboo (2003) as Marilyn (DVD)
- Cats Germany (2004) as Rum Tum Tugger
- Dames, Dudes + Cowboys Too (2014)
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- The Telegraph
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- "John Partridge, Hayley Tamaddon, Sam Bailey to star in Chicago in Torquay and Truro in 2016". Plymouth Herald. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2016.[dead link]
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- "John Partridge and Lynda Baron to return to EastEnders". BBC. 8 April 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
- "Celebrity MasterChef fires up the ovens for another hot summer". BBC. 16 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
- "Radcliffe actor, John Partridge, wins Celebrity Masterchef". Bury Times. 29 September 2018. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
- "Greatest TV Talent Show Moments". Retrieved 28 May 2018.
- Partridge, John [@mustbejp] (26 June 2018). "Delighted to announce I'm joining the cast... #thriller" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "TV stars John Partridge and Samantha Womack to headline in regional pantomime". The Cornish Times. 19 September 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
- Partridge, John [@mustbejp] (11 December 2018). "Tech @TRPlymouth #KingRat @QdosPantomimes" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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