Joe Mcfadden set to star in Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Joe Mcfadden set to star in Priscilla Queen of the Desert

We knew it wouldn’t be long before Joe was showcasing his dancing talents in a musical so we’re delighted to hear that the Strictly Champion will be starring in the hit musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert when the show goes on tour in September.

The show is being produced by the legendary Jason Donovan who has previously taken on the role of Priscilla in the West End and two of its tours. Now the Australian star is moving to the production side of theatre rather than performing and according to Whats On Stage, Joe cannot wait to work with him.

He commented: "I'm over the moon to be taking on this new and exciting challenge in a musical that I have been a massive fan of for such a long time. I'm looking forward to working with this wonderful production team, including Jason whose guidance I feel especially lucky to have given his previous experience with the production. I can't wait to take the Priscilla bus on the road and have a bonzer time making the role my own!"

The tour will start at Dartford’s Orchard Theatre in September before heading to Bradford, Milton Keynes, London, Blackpool, Leicester and Manchester with more to be announced.

Tickets for the tour can be purchased here.

Joe McFadden wants to return to Holby City as a ghost

Despite his character being killed off last year in the popular BBC medical drama, Joe McFadden is desperate to return to his role of Raf Di Lucca. However, when pitching the idea that he could return as a ghost to producers, he admits they weren’t convinced.

Speaking to Inside Soap Magazine, the 43-year-old actor said: "Nothing lasts forever. I pitched it to the producer that Raf could appear as a ghost and give Essie some advice, but he wasn’t having it!

"I’m happy being a good memory and Raf’s memorial was blessed by Reverend Richard Coles. He blessed it in real life as well – so I really feel as if I’m dead now!"

Despite wanting to return, he confessed to Digital Spy that killing his character off was the best option for him, rather than leaving the door open for his return: "It would have been nice to have that safety net, and perhaps I would have gone back, but I’m a great believer in closing doors firmly.

"When it was decided that my character was being killed, there was a part of me that felt relieved about it."

He added: "It’s not really good to repeat yourself, so that’s why it’s a good thing I’m leaving."

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Joe set to star in The House on Cold Hill

Joe will be making a return to the stage after it has been announced he will be starring as Ollie Harcourt in the stage adaption of Peter James’ novel, The House on Cold Hill. Joe will be starring alongside actress Rita Simons.

Joe seems to be very excited about his new role: "It's a real honour to be entrusted with the character of Ollie and the words of skilled wordsmith, Peter James. He's created a story that is both chilling and an interesting portrayal of modern family life and will definitely make you think twice about buying that sprawling dream pad in the country!"

The play is due to start it’s UK tour in January 2019 kicking off in Dartford. See the link below to see if Joe will be performing in a theatre near you.

You can view the chilling trailer and book tickets at your local theatre here.

The real reason Joe didn’t appear on the Strictly launch show

You may have been surprised to see that Strictly Come Dancing 2017 winner Joe McFadden didn’t make an appearance on the Strictly 2018 launch show. According to some reports, the actor had a fall out with producers of the show which is why he was absent from the first show however, he’s now hit back at these comments, branding them as “nonsense”.

As previous winners of Strictly have traditionally performed at the launch show, Joe didn’t, which sparked plenty of rumours that there was a behind the scenes disagreement over the choice of dance. Appearing on Loose Women, he has squashed these rumours claiming he was actually attending a wedding.

When Nadia Sawalha asked Joe about the rumours, he said: "I was at a wedding – don't believe what you read in the papers."

Joe reveals all about his most embarrassing moments 

We thought Joe danced as good as a pro on Strictly but it turns out he had some seriously embarrassing moments on the show. One memory in particular is so cringeworthy, he still can't watch it or listen to the song he danced too! 

The dance he is referring to is the Tango he danced in the second week. Revealing to the, Joe admitted he can't watch it or listen to the Ed Sheeran song, Castle On The Hill for fears of embarrassment! 

“They show clips sometimes when I do TV shows and stuff and I just can’t bear it.”

“Whenever I hear it I get waves of embarrassment,” he confessed. “It brings it all back.”

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Why Joe is struggling to find work 

Winning a show such as Strictly can catapult a celebrity’s career, opening numerous doors for them when it comes to future job prospects, especially if they win. But sadly, for 2017 winner, Joe McFadden, it seems he was not as fortunate.

We loved the Holby star on Strictly Come Dancing and were delighted when he won, so we were so sad to hear of this sad news following his success on the show.

In his last acting role in Holby City, Joe’s character, Raf Di Lucca, a registrar general surgeon, was killed off before Christmas but now, Joe is ‘desperate’ to return to acting. Before his role in Holby, he also starred in various musicals including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Rent.

Joe has also been in other big TV shows, including both Casualty and Heartbeat. But despite his experience as an actor, Joe recently commented: ‘There haven’t been any job offers. There have been some discussions but nothing solid at all. I don’t know what I’m going to do.’

We feel so sorry for Joe and hope he lands a role in something soon so we can see him return to our screens.

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