Gavin is the son of a plumber from Ilford in east London. He was bought up in Bournemouth. He and his wife are divorced with a child called Hannah Gavin, who is following her fathers footsteps training at Laine Theatre Arts. Kim Gavin trained at the Royal Ballet School. He then did a term at the Arts Educational School at 17 before getting a job as part of the Original cast of cats. He then followed a career as a dancer on television and in the theatre.
In 1997 Gavin directed and choreographed the musical Oh! What A Night.
In 2002 he choreographed the West End musical 125th Street. He is currently artistic Director for Take That, coming up with the circus concept etc.
Gavin currently acts as artistic director on Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, a role he will continue through their national tour in 2014.
- Olympics Closing ceremony: we’ve had the wedding, now it’s time for the disco Cole Moreton , The Daily Telegraph, 11 Aug 2012.
- Profile: Kim Gavin, director of Olympic closing ceremony BBC News 13 August 2012.
- Gavin: profile of Cultural Olympiad ceremony director Daily Telegraph, 16 August 2012
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