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SPOTLIGHT ON... Craig Revel Horwood.

Best Known for: Being a judge on Strictly Come Dancing.

Early Life: Born in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, on January 4, 1965. He has four siblings. Their father was in the Australian navy, so the family moved around a lot. At the age of 17, he made ends meet by performing as a drag queen. He went on to become a dancer in Melbourne and appeared in a number of productions, including West Side Story, the Danny La Rue Show, La Cage Aux Folles and Ladies Night. He also featured in numerous TV commercials in Australia, notably for KFC, before moving to the UK to further his dance career in 1989.

Career: Horwood's West End credits include roles in Cats, Miss Saigon and Crazy for You. As a choreographer, he has worked on West Side Story, Martin Guerre and Spend Spend Spend, and as a director on Sunset Boulevard, Chess, the live tour of Strictly Come Dancing, and the opening ceremony of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. He became a household name in 2004 after becoming a member of the judging panel on Strictly Come Dancing. He has a reputation for awarding the lowest marks of all the judges. Since 2009, he has been a regular on the pantomime circuit and in 2011 became a British citizen. Trivia: In 2009, he became a patron of the National Osteoporosis Society. He's had two lots of plastic surgery - one op on his nose, the second to get rid of 'manboobs'. Quote: "When I'm watching something I'm professional about it. I'm not there to have a good time. I'm there to judge a competition."

Tonight: Strictly Come Dancing, BBC One, 6.50pm.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Dec 13, 2014
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