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John Partridge

John Partridge performing the role of Rum Tum Tugger in the 1998 film of the musical CATS.
Born 24 July 1971 (1971-07-24) (age 38)
Radcliffe, Lancashire, England
Occupation Actor, singer and dancer
Years active 1988–present

John Partridge (born 24 July 1971 in Radcliffe, England), is an English actor, 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. Partridge is openly gay[1] and lives with his partner Jon Tsouras [2].


Professional career

Partridge initially 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 17, 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. He 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 at 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 Fox's Biscuits, Colgate Toothpaste, Maltesers and Cadbury's Twirl[3]. He has also been a guest on daytime chat shows such as This Morning and Pebble Mill. Since January 2008, Partridge has been a permanent cast member of the BBC One soap opera, EastEnders. He plays the role of Christian Clarke, the gay brother of Jane Beale and is typically recognised as a member of the Beale family [4]. Partridge also worked as a choreographer on the show [5].

He has worked with several rock and pop acts, including U2, Pet Shop Boys, Kim Wilde, Neneh Cherry, Pete Townshend, Mica Paris and Ultra Nate. He also has his own band, which has played the club circuit and records his own material. None of his own material has been released.

On Friday 19 February 2010, Partridge took part in a live episode of EastEnders, celebrating the shows 25th birthday. He later contributed to the aftermath show, revealing that he'd correctly predicted the killer of Archie Mitchell, the show's biggest 'whodunnit'. Partridge was also involved in an EastEnders special edition of The Weakest Link. He reached the final three until he got voted off, despite being the strongest link. Presenter Anne Robinson informed him that he only answered one question wrong throughout the whole show. The show was later won by Laurie Brett; the EastEnders cast raised the second highest amount of money ever on the show.

It was announced that John, alongside Sheila Hancock and Charlotte Church, would be part of the judging panel 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.


Inside Soap awards - Sexiest Male 2009.

Theatre credits


  • 102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue - Manny the Mole (voice)



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