Craig Revel Horwood reveals starring in Annie has inspired him to become a dad aged 54 through adoption

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HE is a showbiz veteran but Craid Revel Horwood’s latest outing is the daddy of all roles.

While starring in the musical Annie, the Strictly Come Dancing judge has decided he wants to become a father at the age of 54.

Craig Revel Horwood wants to adopt kids at the age of 54

Craig plays drunken orphanage owner Miss Hannigan in the UK tour, but was inspired by the character of Daddy Warbucks, who adopts curly-haired protagonist, Annie.

Craig, who met boyfriend Jonathan Myring in February 2018, said: “It is something we have talked about.

“There are so many children out there just like in Annie, who are orphaned for whatever reason and they just need a loving family.

“But I am waiting to see how our relationship develops and if it’s solid enough and a good base to bring children into it. It certainly needs a lot of planning.

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“You are under great scrutiny when you are adopting, more so than natural parents. There are a lot of interviews, screenings etc.”

It is quite a change of heart for Craig, who stars in the musical at the Wales Millennium Centre, in Cardiff, from August 19 to 31.

When discussing his future with gardener Jonathan, who is 22 years his junior, in November, Craig claimed kids were out of the question.

He said: “I hope Jonathan and I will get married but there won’t be any children, that’s a step too far.”

Which shows how blossoming love — and a meaningful role — can make you broody.

Strictly 2

Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell have announced their own tour
Joe and Dianne met on Strictly earlier this year

THEY swore blind they weren’t dating during Strictly Come Dancing last year. But now – six months later – couple Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell are launching their first joint tour.

The couple’s Joe & Dianne Show has 20 UK dates in March and April next year, including a night at London’s Eventim Apollo.

They said: “We’re so excited.”

Let’s hope the Strictly curse doesn’t get to them before then.

Snubbed on judge

A new judge to replace Darcey on Strictly has been chosen
BBC

CRAIG doesn’t seem too pleased that a replacement for Strictly judge Dame Darcey Bussell has been chosen without his input.

Craig said: “They must have chosen by now but, no, I haven’t been consulted.

“I would have loved Nicole Scherzinger but she’s been snapped up (by The X Factor).

 

“As long as the new person has an opinion, that is the most important thing. And also can dance.”

“The worst thing would be someone who sits there without an opinion. They have to be entertaining.”

Creatures to feature in a reboot

Christopher Timothy, Robert Peter Hardy and Peter Davison in All Creatures Great And Small
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IT was set in the Thirties and was one of the biggest hits of the Seventies and Eighties – and now All Creatures Great And Small is being revived for a 21st Century audience.

The BBC1 drama, based on the ­adventures of Yorkshire vet-turned-writer James Herriot, is being rebooted in a six-part Channel 5 series.

It will have new stars in lead roles, but it remains to be seen whether former cast members Christopher Timothy, Peter Davison and Carol Drinkwater will also get roles in the new show.

I think that would be a shrewd move.

But I can Burley swim…

IT seems the casting for Channel 4’s new swimming show has gone, well, swimmingly.

I can reveal Sky News anchor Kay Burley, Olympian Greg Rutherford, Towie’s James “Arg” Argent, Blue singer Simon Webbe and Love Island’s Wes Nelson have signed up to new series, Sink Or Swim.

Kay Burley has signed up for Sink Or Swim
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Olympian Greg Rutherford has also signed up for the show
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The four-parter, which will raise funds for Stand Up To Cancer, wants to erase the stigma of being a non-swimmer as it follows the celebrities’ progress in the water.

Others in the line-up include The Last Leg’s Alex Brooker, actress Rachel Adedeji, reality star Georgia Kousoulou, TV host Diane-Louise Jordan and Olympian Tessa Sanderson.

Contestants will be teamed with swimming professionals including Olympic silver medallist Keri-Anne Payne and adventurer Ross Edgeley.

Each episode will culminate in a punishing qualification swim that sees one person leave. The finalists will be challenged to swim the English Channel.

Maybe comedian David Walliams, who completed the feat for charity in 2006, will join them for a second go.

Soapbox

Yasmeen does her best to recover after a week from hell during tonight’s ­Coronation Street.

Despite being mugged in broad daylight just days ago, she manages to let her hair down and join in the fun when Alya brings Ryan and some DJ mates back to Number Six.
However, her happiness is short-lived because once the party is over, a gloved hand reaches to remove a box of precious jewellery and treasured photographs.
Meanwhile, over in Emmerdale, Bernice is still convinced that Liam did away with his first wife after she finds a balaclava in his bag.

Must watch

WHAT? Celebrity Crystal Maze, Channel 4, 8pm.

WHY? Ricahrd Ayoade guides a team of well-known faces around the famous Maze. Anita Rani assumes the role of captain, alongside teammates who include Aj Pritchard and Jeff Stelling.


Biz bit

US telly host Jerry Springer will deliver this year’s Alternative MacTaggart Lecture at Edinburgh TV Festival. He will be quizzed by Channel 4’s head of news and current affairs, Dorothy Byrne.

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