Craig Revel Horwood is a household name having appeared as a Judge on all 21 series of the hit BBC1 entertainment show Strictly Come Dancing. He also both directs and appears in the annual Strictly Come Dancing Live arena tour, created the touring show Strictly Confidential and was Head Judge on Dancing with the Stars Australia and New Zealand.
Craig started his career as a performer in musical theatre in his home country of Australia, moving to London to appear in many West End musicals including Miss Saigon and Crazy for You. After many years, he returned to the West End starring as ‘Miss Hannigan’ in Annie, which he also twice successful toured around the UK with. He has starred in pantomime every year for Crossroads, with roles including the ‘Wicked Queen’ in Snow White, ‘Captain Hook’ in Peter Pan and the ‘Wicked Stepmother’ in Cinderella.
Craig’s work as a director/choreographer has included productions of The Witches of Eastwick and Copacabana at the Watermill Theatre Newbury, Fiddler on the Roof on a national tour, Chess on tour in the UK and in Toronto, The Hot Mikado on national tour, and in the West End: Sunset Boulevard, My One and Only and Spend Spend Spend, the last two of which were nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Choreography. Craig has also choreographed several musicals and operas in Europe, and choreographed Paradise Moscow for Opera North, and created work for the Ballet Boyz. In 2022, Craig Directed and Co-Choreographed a new production of the musical Strictly Ballroom starring Kevin Clifton.
In 2012 Craig won the BBC2 series Maestro at the Opera, the final of which saw him conduct Act 2 of La Boheme at the Royal Opera House. He has also won Celebrity Masterchef and discovered his Australian roots in Who Do You Think You Are.
In Summer 2021, Craig was seen travelling the UK with fellow Strictly Judge Bruno Tonioli on the ITV primetime show Craig and Bruno’s Great British Road Trips and was revealed as ‘Knickerbocker Glory’ on ITV’s The Masked Dancer, reaching the semi-final.
In 2022, Craig toured the UK in his solo show All Balls and Glitter and in 2023, Craig reprised the role of ‘Miss Hannigan’ in the UK Tour of Annie and once more was Head Judge on Dancing with the Stars Australia and New Zealand.
Craig has three volumes of memoirs published, and his debut novel Dances and Dreams on Diamond Street was published in 2020.