Craig: I’m look­ing for love but on­line matches just want Strictly gos­sip

The People - - NEWS FEATURES & - By Geral­dine McKelvie

STRICTLY Come Danc­ing judge Craig Revel Hor­wood has signed up to a dat­ing site as he seeks his own part­ner.

The 52-year-old is look­ing for love fol­low­ing his split from boyfriend Da­mon Scott last year.

But de­spite us­ing his real name and photo on his pro­file he ad­mits he has only had one date since join­ing – and his matches seem to be in­ter­ested only in hear­ing gos­sip about his hit BBC show.

Craig said: “It’s not go­ing par­tic­u­larly well. Peo­ple don’t ask if I want to go out, it’s all about Strictly.

“It’s odd me be­ing on there but why can’t I, if every­one else is? Just be­cause I’m in the pub­lic eye doesn’t mean I can’t be on dat­ing sites.

“My niece mar­ried her Tin­der date so it does work for some peo­ple. And peo­ple are vet­ted on­line. They have to have a credit card.


“You know their likes and dis­likes, you know a lot more than you would do if you picked them up in a bar.”

The star agreed to one date with a mys­tery man who took him to a restau­rant in Lon­don’s West End. They had fun but there was no spark.

And a lot of the ap­proaches he has had were from men who feared some­one has stolen his iden­tity.

Craig said: “I’ve had a lot of com­plaints. Peo­ple think I’m some­one else mas­querad­ing as me.

“One said, ‘I’m re­port­ing you for us­ing some­one else’s photo, it’s dis­gust­ing, you should be ashamed.’ I replied, ‘I am me!’ It’s funny.”

Craig said his three-year union with Da­mon, 37, ended be­cause of his packed sched­ule. But Da­mon claimed they split be­cause Craig had a drink prob­lem. The al­le­ga­tion, which Craig de­nies, hurt all the more as he had just lost his dad Phil to al­co­holism.

The 74- year- old had a life­long bat­tle with booze and died of blood poi­soni ng af­ter down­ing home­brew rum.

Craig said: “No mat­ter how much you think you might love some­one, you can’t rely on them. It just makes you a l i t t l e bit more vig­i­lant. I sort of felt sorry for Da­mon in a way.” Craig missed Phil’s fu­neral be­cause showbiz com­mit­ments meant he could not travel home to Aus­tralia. But he made a pil­grim­age to the grave dur­ing a visit this year and feels like he has made peace. He said: ““I did what he would have l loved. I planted radishes on his grave. He loved rad radishes. It was peace­ful. H He’s now with­out the a al­co­hol, with­out th the pain, with­out th the tor­ment.” We met in C Craig’s West E End dress­ing room, where he is trans­form­ing into drunken or­phan­age mism i s t r e s s Miss Han Han­ni­gan to star in mus mu­si­cal Annie. He took over from Mi­randa Hart and will play thee role un­til the end of Novem­ber. mber.

He does his ownwn make-up, from the false eye­lash­e­se­lashes to the pil­lar­box-red lip­stick. “I try to vamp her up, though I don’t know if the pho­tos sug­gest est that.”

And Craig re­veal­se­veals he drew on child­hood ood ex­pe­ri­ences for the part, art, adding: “Miss Han­ni­gan­ni­gan is sur­rounded by mis­be­hav­ing chil­dren she can’tan’t con­trol then has to re­tire to her room and drink gin. Shehe is look­ing for love but she turn­surns to drink be­cause she hasn’t got any­thing else in her life.

“Al­co­holism iss a dis­ease and she’s got that,at, she can’t deal with the dayy with­out it.

“I can re­late e to her. That’s what my fa­ther was like, he was an un­rea­son-

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