Craig Revel Horwood says losing Paul O'Grady and Len Goodman was 'double whammy'

TV stars O'Grady and Goodman have both passed away in recent weeks

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 07:  Judges Len Goodman (R) and Craig Revel Horwood arrive at the Strictly Come Dancing 2011 press launch at BBC Television Centre on September 7, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Len Goodman and Craig Revel Horwood were both on Strictly. (Getty Images)

Craig Revel Horwood has said it was a “double whammy” losing Paul O’Grady and Len Goodman within weeks of each other.

The star was sharing the role of Miss Hannigan with O’Grady in a production of Annie, and knew Goodman from Strictly Come Dancing.

Opening up about his heartache on This Morning, he told of his shock when O’Grady died suddenly in March at the age of 67.

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“It was a shock for the company, a shock for all of us,” he told hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.

Paul O'Grady died suddenly in March. (WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Paul O'Grady died suddenly in March. (WPA Pool/Getty Images)

“We didn’t sort of know what was going to happen but we had to get on with the show, as they say, the show must go on.

“We got on with it but it was a really emotional day. It was really hard to breathe. It was really hard to get through because we were just all in a state of panic and shock.”

Goodman passed away days ahead of his 79th birthday in April after battling cancer.

Revel Horwood said of losing the TV star so soon after O’Grady: “It was a double whammy, it really hit me.”

The dancer said Goodman was “brilliant” and “brilliant fun”.

“I will miss him,” he said.

"The thing is, like Brucie (Forsyth), he will live inside me and every time I hear the word ‘Seven’, that will always ring in my head and in my heart.

BROMLEY, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04: Craig Revel Horwood attends the
Craig Revel Horwood has opened up about losing Paul O'Grady and Len Goodman. (Getty Images)

“My love of course goes out to his wonderful wife Sue and his family, who were absolutely wonderful.”

I didn’t even know he was ill, it was a huge shock for me. And I know he wanted to keep it quiet as well… but a brilliant brilliant man who brought ballroom back to the world.”

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