Cast & Creative
Carmen Ghia (until 02 May)
Louie Spence is one of the dance industry’s most unique talents with a reputation that precedes him.
Louie landed his West End debut in Bugsy Malone aged 13. He was then talent spotted and ask to join BBC’s primetime Hot Shoe Show, dancing alongside Wayne Sleep and Bonnie Langford. He soon caught the attention of the renowned London Studio Centre and won an unprecedented full three year scholarship.
After graduating with full honours in all aspects of dance, Louie joined the original Award-Winning Cast of Miss Saigon, where he helped to create the show’s thrilling acrobatics. He was snapped up by Italy’s RAI UNO TV and moved to Rome to join the legendary TV show, Fantastico. This earned him the coveted title of Primo Ballerino and he danced with such stars as Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder.
During the 90’s he toured and worked with Take That, E17, 2 Unlimited, Boyzone, Eternal, Björk, Kavanagh, Kim Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown. He was one of only five professional male dancers selected to accompany the Spice Girls on their debut SPICEWORLD tour travelling the globe for a whole year.
On his return to London, Louie joined the West End cast of Cats as Magical Mr. Mistoffelees and then went on to be part of the Pet Shop Boys experimental debut hit musical Closer to Heaven.
Louie started Edit Agency at Pineapple Dance Studios where he remains Artistic Director and his critical eye and high dance standards meant that he only recruited the crème de la crème of dancers and choreographers for the biggest names in the business such as Kylie Minogue, Mariah Carey, Robbie Williams, Will Young, Jamelia, Sugababes, Emma Bunton, Danni Minogue, Rachael Stevens, Lemar, Brian Mcfadden, to name but a few.
Edit Agency quickly amassed a great reputation and Louie’s no nonsense personality, in-your-face delivery proved too tempting for the executives at Trouble TV. They cast him as their Boot Camp mentor for three series on the hugely successful TV show, Bump N Grind which was also aired on BBC America and other North American channels. This began the snowballing of his television career as he went on to choreograph Channel 4’s Big Brother Panto; he also appeared as a dance expert on E4’s Big Brother’s Big Mouth, Channel 5’s Battle Pop Stars, My Bare Lady for Fox America and Bravo. Louie completed two series as a judge on Sky One’s hit Cirque de Celebrité.
In July, 2008 Louie was cast as one of the trio of judges on the successful NBC prime-time show ‘Celebrity Circus’, presented by Joey Fatone. Contestants on the show included actress Stacey Dash and model and actress Rachel Hunter. The first series was won by actor Antonio Sabato Jr. During the first season of ‘Celebrity Circus’ Louie was voted by Hollywood.com as one of the Top Ten Reality Show Judges in America.
In 2010 he appeared on Sky1’s smash hit series Pineapple Dance Studios making him a household name across the UK. One of the most flamboyant characters ever to grace a documentary series he won an army of fans. Louie takes his dancing seriously – but not much else; hilariously funny and outrageously bitchy Louie was the star of the show, leading him on to his own Sky1 series, Louie Spence’s Showbusiness, which captivated audiences nationwide. Pineapple Dance Studios continued to prove it’s smash hit success with a 2011 BAFTA nomination for ‘Best Features’, being the only show in this category from a digital channel! Previous awards include the 2010 RTS Award for Best Features and Lifestyle series.
2010 also saw him film the feature Swinging With The Finkels opposite Martin Freeman and Mandy Moore (which had general release across the UK), take on the panto role of Roger The Cabin Boy opposite David Hasselhoffs Captain Hook in Wimbledon Theatre’s sell out hit Peter Pan and crop up in the Christmas special of ITV1’s hit comedy Benidorm as the outrageous swinger ‘Marvin’. He even managed to squeeze in a regular column with Heat magazine.
He has appeared on The Chris Moyles Show on BBC Radio 1 and Chris Moyles’ Quiz Night alongside Jonathan Ross and Patsy Kensit. Louie has guest presented on Heart Radio and has graced such shows as Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on BBC One, Top Gear on BBC Two, guesting on ITV1 show Loose Women, ITV2’s Celebrity Juice, Shooting Stars on BBC and Five’s Justin Lee Collins Good Times as well as the 2011 series of Britain’s Got More Talent and the BBC’s Hottest Couple to name a select few. He has enjoyed regular spots on Harry Hill’s TV Burp and regular guest contributions on ITV’s This Morning . Louie has lent his judging skills to Let’s Dance for Comic Relief 2010, has taken humourous banter to the panels of 8 Out of 10 Cats, A League of Their Own, The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2010 and countless other shows across the channels. He revealed his regal inclinations last year when he delivered a pitch perfect alternative Queen’s Speech for Sky. There is even a Louie Spence mobile phone app!
2011 saw Louie continue to charm the world on trips to Australia and the U.S.A where he is filming his own show for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network. Simultaneously he has been pouring his energies into his autobiography, Still Got It, Never Lost It which is set to be an absolute must read. At the end of the year he returned to the stage with a panto extravaganza.
Most recently, Louie has graced our television screens as one of the Judges on ITV’s ‘Dancing on Ice’, gone all out and planned a wedding (!) in ‘Celebrity Wedding Planner’ for Channel 5 and at the end of 2012 we saw him once again hotfoot it into the world of pantomime in ‘Cinderella’.
He begun 2013 in style as the Entertainment Editor correspondent for ITV’s Daybreak. Louie became a regular face on ITV day time programming, first guest appearing on This Morning: Treasure Hunters, and then having his own decorating strand with his father called Spence and Sons. But he didn’t stop there – Louie compete in various game shows, including Tipping Point, Draw It and Fake Reaction. He then won over the nation by wearing his heart on his sleeve in the summer series of Celebrity Big Brother. He capped the year in a festive spirit, appearing in Celebrity Come Dine With Me and then bringing joy to all in a Cinderella pantomime.
2014 has been yet another successful year for Louie with him competing in Pointless Celebrities, The Chase and Through the Keyhole, and appearing in Most Shocking Moments in Pop and Sunday Brunch. And he made sewing cool again, showing off his sewing skills in Children in Need’s Sewing Bee. It may be November, but watch this space for plenty more to come from Mr Louie Spence.