Fast Facts

  • Aspired to be a professional dancer since childhood, much to the chagrin of his dockworker father.
  • At 21, he served as a choreographer for and performed as a dancer with the BBC's Young Generation dance troupe.
  • Worked as a choreographer for numerous shows, including The Muppet Show.
  • Earned the nickname "Nasty Nigel" for being a tough audition judge on the Brit TV show Popstars.
  • Best known for his work as executive producer on a variety of talent-based reality shows, including American Idol (and its UK predecessor, Pop Idol) and So You Think You Can Dance (on which he also serves as judge).
  • Co-founded the Dizzy Feet Foundation in 2009.
  • Founded Nigel Lythgoe Productions, a joint venture with 19 Entertainment, in September 2011.
  • Appointed an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II in her 2015 Birthday Honours.

Awards

  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: Nominee
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: Nominee
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: Nominee
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: Nominee
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: Nominee
  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: Nominee
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: Nominee
  • 2015, Tony — Revival (Musical): Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: Nominee

Relationships

  • Bonnie Lythgoe — Ex-wife
  • Kristopher Lythgoe — Son
  • Simon Lythgoe — Son

Details

  • Birth Place: Wirral, England
  • Birthday: July 9, 1949, Cancer
  • Profession: Producer, Director, Choreographer, Dancer
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