“I did everything my sisters did, that’s how my dancing days started – they went dancing, I went dancing and I just kept on dancing.” Louie Spence
Louie Spence appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show tonight to talk, amongst other things, about his new autobiography, which comes out at the end of this month. To be honest, I’ve never watched Pineapple Studio or been much of a fan of his, but he came across as a very warm hearted and generous of spirit man. He talked about the events that had shaped his life, leading up to the point where he is today. His upbringing on a poor council type estate, where his parents sacrificed many things in order to give their children what they wanted, and a pivotal moment in his life when he told his sister that he was gay. He asked her not to tell his parents but she did, and they replied by writing a very honest and touching letter of support, which he has included in the book. Having not read it yet, I can only give you the blurb which the publishers have written, so here it is.
Louie Spence was born in Ponders End and raised in Braintree, Essex. After attending the Italia Conti School of Theatre Arts, he got his break dancing in the award-winning production of Miss Saigon and went on to star in Cats, as well as dancing with artists including the Spice Girls and Take That. He was the star of the documentary series Pineapple Dance Studios and is the focus of its follow-up show Louie Spence’s Showbusiness. Louie Spence was clearly born to dance and in his hilariously funny and warm autobiography he describes his early years growing up in Essex with a cast of characters that include his Nanny Lock (who lived down the Enfield lock), Nanny Twinkle and Nanny Downer with whom as a kid he would wheel to the local Londis for cans of Special Brew. From a very early age Louie was a little boy who loved to dance and was very ambitious, attending every disco dance class he could and excelling every time with the constant support of his Mum and Dad. Louie’s blue leotard became a mainstay in the family home and soon enough he was accepted into the Italia Conti school. He never looked back.
Louie Spence says, ‘Well, who would have thought it? Me with a book! Someone who doesn’t know where to put a full stop, or a comma and didn’t get put in for any exams! Well I lie – I did – I was put in for Art, until I told the teacher they had halitosis. I was kicked out of that quick sticks! It was lucky, I suppose, because mum had already spent the last term’s school fees on a new pair of boobs in Billericay. I hope you will enjoy it – it’s a very open and honest account of my life. I’m loving it!’
The book will be released on September 29, 2011 and costs £18.99.