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Richard Clifford Blackwood (born 15 May 1972) is an English actor, presenter and rapper. Between 2015 and 2018, he played Vincent Hubbard in the BBC soap opera EastEnders.

Richard Blackwood
Richard Blackwood 2016.jpg
Blackwood in 2016
Birth nameRichard Clifford Blackwood
Born (1972-05-15) 15 May 1972 (age 47)
London, England
Medium
  • Actor
  • presenter
  • rapper
Years active1993–present
Children1

CareerEdit

Blackwood presented the UK version of Singled Out on Channel 5[1] and in 1999, he presented his own show titled The Richard Blackwood Show.[2] He was also a presenter on MTV television show, MTV Select with Donna Air.

In 2000, Blackwood scored a number three hit single on the UK Singles Chart with the song "Mama Who Da Man", based on Mama Used to Say by his uncle Junior. The single sold was written and produced by Lucas Secon and Mickey P. He later followed it up with two singles, "1.2.3.4 Get with the Wicked" (No. 10) and "Someone There for Me" (No. 23) and released the album You'll Love to Hate This (No. 10) in late 2000.[3]

Blackwood appeared on the satire comedy series Brass Eye in 2001, during the episode "Paedogeddon!" and is remembered for his facetious description of how paedophiles could hack into computers and make them release fumes in order to subdue children. He even sniffed a keyboard, claiming that it made him feel more "suggestible".[4] He also warned watching parents that exposure to the fumes would make their children "smell like hammers".[5]

Blackwood had acting appearances in Holby City in 2003 and played the title character in the 2002 television series Ed Stone Is Dead. During May 2003, Blackwood appeared in Channel 5's Celebrity Detox Camp, which involved him being filmed "pumping 18 litres of coffee solution through his anus into [his] stomach".[6] In March 2007, he acted in the Bollywood smash-hit film Don't Stop Dreaming.[7][8] In 2005, Blackwood appeared in Princes of Comedii DVD release.

Blackwood was a presenter for the London radio station Choice FM and did some cover work on Capital FM.

In 2010, he played Brightie in the Tennessee Williams play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, alongside Adrian Lester and James Earl Jones at the Novello Theatre in London.[9]

In March 2011, he played the role of Russell - the Store Manager, in Anuvahood, starring Adam Deacon.

Also in 2011, he played the role of Donkey in the West End production of Shrek the Musical.[10][11] The show opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 14 June 2011.[12] He has starred alongside such performers as Amanda Holden, Nigel Lindsay, Nigel Harman, Kimberley Walsh and Neil McDermott.

Blackwood appeared with the rest of the Shrek cast on Britain's Got Talent for ITV on 31 May 2011.[13] They performed "I'm a Believer".

On 17 January 2015, it was announced that Blackwood would be joining the cast of EastEnders as character Vincent Hubbard. He made his first appearance on 17 February 2015. His last appearance aired on 20 April 2018. He had previously been interviewed in a 2003 EastEnders documentary on the return of Den Watts.

In 2019, Blackwood took part in the eleventh series of Dancing on Ice, partnered with professional skater Carlotta Edwards. They were eliminated in Week 3, following a skate off against Saira Khan and Mark Hanretty.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

In a 2000 interview, Blackwood claimed that if he had not made it in show business he would have been "a graphic designer, designing buildings" (sic).[15] He became the step-brother of supermodel Naomi Campbell when his father married her mother in the 1980s, until their divorce several years later. His cousin is the actor and comedian Vas Blackwood.[16]

Blackwood has said he once attempted suicide after filing for bankruptcy in 2003.[17] He has a son, Keaun, born in January 2001.[18] In 2016, Blackwood’s brother, Marcus was jailed for 3 years after being found with cocaine in his possession.

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

  • You'll Love to Hate This (2000) UK No. 10

SinglesEdit

  • "Mama Who Da Man" (2000) UK No. 3
  • "1.2.3.4 Get with the Wicked" (feat. Deetah) (2000) UK No. 10
  • "Someone There for Me" (2000) UK No. 23

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Singled Out". UKGameshows. 5 October 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Channel 4 Misses", MSN Entertainment (accessed 9 February 2008)
  3. ^ "Richard Blackwood & No. 124; Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  4. ^ O'Neill, Sean (29 July 2001). "Celebrities fail to see the joke on Brass Eye". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Channel 4 defends 'sick' satire", BBC News, Saturday, 28 July 2001 (accessed 9 February 2008).
  6. ^ "Celebrity Detox Camp - On the Box Profiles". Memorable TV. Archived from the original on 28 March 2006. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  7. ^ Don't Stop Dreaming (accessed 16 February 2008).
  8. ^ "Movies - review - Don't Stop Dreaming". BBC. 20 February 2007. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  9. ^ "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof | Artists & Creative Team - Read cast and creative biographies". Catwestend.com. 10 April 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  10. ^ "User reviews for View All Reviews - Newyorkcitytheatre.com on London Theatreland". London-theatreland.co.uk. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  11. ^ "Richard Blackwood Gets Bad Reviews for Shrek Musical : Pappzd Magazine". Pappzd.com. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  12. ^ "Shrek role for BGT judge Amanda". UK Press Association. 30 July 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2010.
  13. ^ "Britain's Got Talent 2011: Amanda Holden and Shrek cast perform on Tuesday's semi final (VIDEO)". Unreality TV. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  14. ^ McCreesh, Louise (20 January 2019). "Dancing on Ice loses second celebrity in tense skate-off". Digital Spy. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  15. ^ "The Richard Blackwood Show - Richard Blackwood joined us live after his show to answer your questions". Archived from the original on 10 September 2005. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  16. ^ "Seriously, it's Richard Blackwood". The Guardian. 30 July 2000. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  17. ^ Selby, Jenn (16 February 2015). "Richard Blackwood: The moment he lost it all and tried to throw himself out of a window". The Independent. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  18. ^ "Knocking on Hollywood's door". London Evening Standard. 3 October 2001. Retrieved 12 August 2013.

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