At the age of 19 Nigel Lythgoe began work as a dancer in The Young Generation
, a BBC
dance group. This was back in 1968
- so think Pan's People
with even worse hair. Here, he met his wife, Bonnie. I love the quote that The Mirror
published regarding this time in his life:
"I met my wife Bonnie when she auditioned for the Young Generation. We worked together for three years until I sacked her."
That's right. By 1971
Nigel was the choreographer
of the same group, and decided that working with your wife wouldn't work. So he fired her. They're still together though...
Between the mid-seventies and 1985 focused on choreography work for various TV shows including The Muppets. In 1985 he left choregraphy and got a job at LWT (London Weekend Television). His directing and production credits there are extensive; the most famous of which are Gladiators and Blind Date.
Although he has been successful behind the scenes, he recently came to the public's attention as a star of the hit UK Version of the TV show, Popstars. "Nasty Nigel" was one of the judges who whittled down 3000 applicants to form a manufactured 5-piece pop band (called Hear'Say).
Although he still works 'Controller of Entertainment and Comedy' at LWT, he has been seconded to the production company, Planet 24 where he has begun work as the executive producer for the UK version of Survivor.