Jul. 9th, 1949
Wirral Peninsula, England, UK
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Nigel Lythgoe (born July 9, 1949) is an English television and film director and producer, former dancer in the Young Generation and choreographer. He is noted for being the producer of the shows Pop Idol and American Idol and creator and executive producer of, and a regular judge on So You Think You Can Dance. He also created the 2009 competition Superstars of Dance.
Born in Wirral, England, to dockworker 'George Percival Lythgoe' and 'Gertrude Emily Lythgoe', he became interested in dance at the age of 10. He began with tap, and went on to study at the Hylton-Bromley School of Dance and Drama and the Perry Cowell School of Dance, both in Wallasey, Merseyside where he studied classical ballet, modern jazz, ballroom, character, classical Greek and National dance from various countries.
Lythgoe's first professional job was in the Corps de Ballet for the National tour of "The Merry Widow." He trained in London under 'Joanne Steuer' and 'Molly Molloy'. Beginning in 1969, Lythgoe performed with the BBC's "Young Generation" dance troupe. He became their choreographer in 1971 and has since choreographed over 500 television shows.
Lythgoe married 'Bonita Shawe' in 1974, whom he met while he was choreographer for the BBC's Young Generation dance troupe. Shawe was also an audition judge on the first season of So You Think You Can Dance and is a judge on the Australian version of So You Think You Can Dance.
The couple divorced in 2007 and have two sons together, Simon and Kristopher and four grandchildren Kyan, Tighe, Dominie and George.
He suffered a heart attack in January 2003. He gave up his 60-a-day cigarette habit as a result. He nearly died from a burst appendix in October 2003.
He owns a vineyard in Paso Robles, California.
- Sons Kristopher and Simon. Grandson George.