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Craig's professional training began in his hometown of Ballarat, Australia. He later moved to Melbourne and appeared in productions including WEST SIDE STORY, the Australian and New Zealand tour of THE DANNY LA RUE SHOW, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, ME AND MY GIRL, OLYMPUS ON MY MIND, SUGAR BABIES, JACK AND THE BEANSTALK and LADIES NIGHT (the hit comedy play in which he played the part of "Norman"). Craig also featured in numerous television commercials in Australia, notably, he was the face of the very first Kentucky Nugget advertisements for KFC and the voice of the MACLEANS toothpaste commercials. He also appeared in TV specials including THE DON LANE SHOW, THE MIKE WALSH SHOW and special-guest spots on THE MIDDAY SHOW.
On arriving in Europe Craig joined the famous company at the LIDO Du PARIS as a dancer in PANACHE and then as principle singer in FORMIDABLE at the MOULIN ROUGE, finding himself a year later in the UK tour of CATS in Edinburgh and Dublin. Craig also appeared in the original concert version of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR.
In the West End, Craig has performed in CATS, playing the part of 'Munkustrap' at the New London Theatre, MISS SAIGON at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane as Dance Captain and was an original cast member playing the part of 'Harry' and Dance Captain of CRAZY FOR YOU at the Prince Edward Theatre. This took him to New York and Baltimore in the USA then to Germany at the Schiller Theatre, Berlin. Craig then went on to re-create the show for SUSAN STROMAN in South Africa.
Television credits include CHILDREN IN NEED BBC, TVAM Breakfast Show, THE 1992 ROYAL VARIETY COMMAND PERFORMANCE for the BBC at the Dominion Theatre and THE 1993 LAURENCE OLIVIER AWARDS. Since the end of 1994, Craig concentrated on his directorial and choreographic career, but in recent years, has made a return to the small screen, appearing as a judge on the hit TV series STRICTLY COME DANCING for the BBC.
Harriet Thorpe is an incredibly talented and established Television and theatre actress whom we will all recognise from the work she has done. She was in the late 1990s British television sitcom The Brittas Empire, playing Carole Parkinson, the receptionist who was prone to depression and fits of emotion who permanently kept her children with her, in drawers under her desk and would sometimes be seen feeding them or washing their clothes.
She also played Fleur in Absolutely Fabulous, an eccentric and somewhat odd work-colleague who spoke in a very precise fashion. Along with working extensively with Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, she has also appeared in BBC2's Alexei Sayle's Stuff, A Bit of Fry and Laurie; BBC's Casualty, ITV's The Bill and like most British actors, Midsomer Murders. Harriet has also appeared in numerous films, for example in Calendar Girls as the rather patronising and superior head of the Women's Institute; Mike Leigh's Life is Sweet; Greystoke; and upcoming films The Calling and S.N.U.B.
Harriet has also appeared on stage. She worked extensively at the Royal National Theatre, in London's West End and two Shakespeare seasons at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. She was in the original revival cast of Cabaret as Fraulein Kost at the Lyric Theatre in London in September 2006. Prior to this, she played Mrs. Lovett in the national tour of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, originated the role of Ida Arnold in the Almeida Theatre's original musical, Brighton Rock , and played the role of Madame Thenardier in the hit musical, Les Miserables.In 2008 she took over the role of Madame Morrible in the West End production of Wicked.
Harriet will took over the role of Tanya in the London production of Mamma Mia on the 14 June 2010.