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Craig Revel Horwood

Revel Horwood at the 2008 Red Bull Flugtag
Born 4 January 1965 (1965-01-04) (age 45)
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Occupation Television personality, choreographer, dancer and theatre director
Years active 1999–present

Craig Revel Horwood (born 4 January 1965) is an Australian dancer, choreographer, and theatre director in the United Kingdom.



Born in Ballarat, Australia, Horwood started his career as a dancer in Melbourne, then moved to London to take advantage of the greater opportunities available there.

In his biography, 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.[1] Horwood is bisexual, and is currently in a relationship with his partner, Grant.[1]

Horwood has recently been made a patron of the National Osteoporosis Society, due to his efforts raising awareness of osteoporosis and bone health.

Theatrical career

Horwood's 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.

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 Holland national tour), Chess (Denmark), Bonheur (Paris), Copacabana (Denmark, Der Kuhhandel (Austria), and Glanzlichter (Berlin).

Horwood directed the opening ceremonies of the 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 that was televised worldwide.

Horwood recently choreographed the play Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, starring Claire Bloom and Billy Zane at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket.

He is also directing the Welsh Premiere Concert Production of My Land's Shore [2] which will premiere in Cardiff soon.



In December 2009, Harwood played the part of The Queen, in Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs at Theatr Cymru in Llandudno, North Wales.

In the summer of 2008, he premiered a new production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Sunset Boulevard at the Watermill Theatre, which transferred to the London stage at the Comedy Theatre, running from 4 December 2008 to 18 April 2009.

Television career

Strictly Come Dancing

Horwood is familiar to British television audiences as a member of the judging panel on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. 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. On top of all this, he attracted widespread criticism for his apparent bias towards Emma Bunton in the fourth series of the competition.[3]

Dancing with the Stars

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

Comic Relief Does Fame Academy

Horwood was a judge on Comic Relief Does Fame Academy, along with Lesley Garrett and Richard Park. In May and June 2007 he appeared as a contestant on Celebrity Masterchef, reaching the final alongside Nadia Sawalha and Midge Ure.

Other TV appearances

He can also 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 actors. He is introduced as Craig Horwood at an audition for a musical on a Norwegian cruise ship, for which he is the choreographer.


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