Not one to be shy, Craig Revel Horwood is reliably honest when it comes to expressing his opinion. Equipped with extensive experience in theatre and choreography, his eye for detail and blunt humour makes Craig notoriously difficult to impress – a challenge for celebrities and professional dancers alike every year.
Craig's career in dancing began when he moved from his Australian hometown, Ballarat, to Melbourne where he appeared in West Side Story, La Cage Aux Folles, Me and My Girl and many more. Adding to his wealth of experience, Craig appeared in West End productions of Cats, Miss Saigon and Crazy for You and has been praised for his choreography, receiving the prestigious Olivier Award for his work on the West End musical Spend, Spend, Spend.
Darcey Bussell CBE, achieved the position of principal dancer with The Royal Ballet at just 20 years old and is known as one of the most famous British dancers of all time.
Since retiring from The Royal Ballet in 2007, Darcey has gone on to lead two sell-out arena tours of Viva La Diva with Katherine Jenkins, perform with a troupe of 200 dancers at the 2012 London Olympics and try her hand at writing a series of children’s books, as well as broadcast work, including ‘Darcey Dances Hollywood’.
Darcey is a national treasure and equipped with her lifelong career in dancing, became the perfect addition to the Strictly judging panel in 2012.
Leading the panel of judges since Strictly Come Dancing began is Len Goodman, winner of the Carl Allen Award (known as the Ballroom Oscars).
As a youngster Len's passion for football came to an end following an injury, leading him to try his hand at ballroom dancing. He became British champion four times for the specialised form of dancing called Exhibition which kick-started a lifelong career in dance.
Len is known on Strictly for seeking commitment to the performance and looks out for progression and interaction between the celebrities and their professional dancers.
Extravagant and energetic Bruno Tonioli takes the crown for the most flamboyant of the Strictly judges.
Bruno began his career in dance at the age of 18 when he moved from Italy to Paris and spent two years training at La Grande Eugene, the Paris-based dance company. London became home shortly after, where Bruno worked as a freelance dancer collaborating with the biggest names in the industry such as Elton John, Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury, Tina Turner and Sir Paul McCartney.
Bruno is adored not only in the UK but also by American audiences, as he splits his time appearing on both Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing With The Stars.