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Craig Revel Horwood in 'agony' after hilarious Strictly impression

The 52-year-old is struggling with severe pain in his hip

Gemma Strong

Craig Revel Horwood had Strictly viewers in stitches when he fell off his chair and onto the floor while impersonating fellow judge Bruno Tonioli. But sadly the skit has caused "agony" for the 52-year-old, who has been battling severe pain in his hip throughout this series of Strictly. Craig underwent his first hip replacement in 2013 and is now said to be planning his second operation, but has delayed the procedure so he can see out the dance competition. A source told the Sun: "He may only have been larking around but he's actually in agony. He had a hip replaced in 2013 but now needs the other one doing. Doing the smallest things causes him immense pain. He is fighting through to see the rest of the series out."

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Craig Revel Horwood has been battling severe pain in his hip throughout this series of Strictly

Speaking at the time of his first operation, Craig explained: "It's all those years of doing can-cans and dropping the splits. All those years of classical ballet and forcing turn-outs can be quite detrimental to your body." He isn't the only Strictly judge to have suffered for his art; Darcey Bussell also had to have hip surgery last year after her career as The Royal Ballet's principal dancer took its toll on her body.

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Speaking to Woman & Home magazine, Darcey, 48, shared: "Over the years, I've had two ankle operations, torn my hamstring, had my hip resurfaced and snapped the anterior cruciate ligament in my knee… But as a dancer, injuries are part of your career."

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Craig is currently performing in the West End production of Annie, starring at orphanage manager Miss Hannigan. His run will soon be coming to an end, with actor and comedian Meera Syal set to take over the villainous role from 27 November.