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Nigel Lythgoe Net Worth 2022; Biography, Girlfriend & More

Nigel Lythgoe Net Worth

Who is Nigel Lythgoe?

Nigel Lythgoe is the most popular English television and film director and producer. He is also served as a television dance competition judge, a former dancer in the Young Generation, and a choreographer. Nigel is also the producer of the shows Pop Idol and American Idol and is the creator and executive producer of So You Think You Can Dance. He is also served as a permanent judge for the first sixteen seasons. He also created the 2009 competition Superstars of Dance. In 2022, Nigel Lythgoe net worth is around $180 Million.

Real Name:       Nigel Lythgoe
Date of birth: July 9, 1949
Age: 72 years old
Height: 5 feet 9 inches (1.8m)
Birthplace: Wallasey, Cheshire, England
Nationality: British
Wife: Bonnie Lythgoe (m. 1974–2010)
Dating/Girlfriend: N/A
Profession: Actor, director, producer, and dancer
Nigel Lythgoe Net Worth 2022: $180 Million

Early Life

On July 9, 1949, Nigel Lythgoe was born in Wallasey, Cheshire, England. Currently, he is 72 years old and holds British nationality.  He was born to his parents; his father is George Percival Lythgoe, who worked as a  dockworker.

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His mother’s name is Gertrude Emily Lythgoe, and nothing much is known about her profession. Whether Nigel had siblings or not is also unknown to us. When Nigel Lythgoe was ten years old, he was interested in dancing. He started dancing at a very young age.


Nigel Lythgoe completed his education at Hylton Bromley School of Dance and Drama. He was also enrolled in the Perry Cowell School of Dance. Both the schools are located in Wallasey, and in these schools, he learned classical ballet, character, classical Greek, modern jazz, and National Dance of various countries.

Personal Life: Wife, Girlfriend, Dating, Divorce, Kids

Nigel Lythgoe is a married man. In 1974, he was married to Bonita Shawe. He was a choreographer for the BBC’s Young Generation Dance Troupe when he met first time to her. Nigel Lythgoe’s wife Bonita Shawe is professionally a judge also, and she was judging the first season of So You Think You Can Dance then.

She also worked as a judge in the Australian version of the same show for the first three seasons. However, in 2010, they were separated by divorce. The couple shared two sons whose names are Simon Lythgoe and Kristopher Lythgoe. They have five grandchildren, Kyan, Tighe, Dominie, George, and Leonardo.

Age, Height, and Weight

In 2022, Nigel Lythgoe is 72 years old. Nigel Lythgoe’s height is 5 feet 9 inches (1.8m). His weight is 75 kg.

Professional Life

In the 1970s, Nigel Lythgoe got an opportunity to perform as a dancer. He got a chance to perform for Cyd Charisse and Gene Kelly. He also worked as a choreographer under Ben Veeren for many years.

Later, he was promoted to the position of Head of Entertainment. Nigel worked as a producer for shows such as Gladiators and Blind Date, which were huge successes.


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Nigel Lythgoe also became the judge of the show Popstars. He was also approached to direct and be an executive producer for Survivor. He also produced a show called Pop Idol. It became a global franchise, and it also includes the famous show called American Idol.

In 2002, he turned on the show, American Idol. He also served as a judge on the show So You Think You Can Dance, aired on Fox Television Network. In 2009, he opened a company called Big Red 2 Entertainment in partnership with his friend Fuller.

Awards and Achievements:

  • 2015 O.B.E – Order of The British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
  • 2014 Ellis Island International Medal of Honor
  • 2011 International Emmy: Founders Award – Winner
  • 2008 Emmy: Outstanding Reality/Competition Program – Nominee
  • 2007 The Governors Award – Winner
  • 2007 Emmy: Outstanding Reality/Competition Program – Nominee
  • 2006 Emmy: Outstanding Reality/Competition Program – Nominee
  • 2005 Emmy: Outstanding Reality/Competition Program – Nominee
  • 2004 Emmy: Outstanding Reality/Competition Program – Nominee
  • 2003 Grammy: Album of the Year – Nominee


  • Producer (selected credits)
  • The Next Great American Band
  • So You Think You Can Dance
  • All American Girl
  • American Juniors
  • American Idol
  • Pop Idol
  • The Brian Conley Show
  • Superstars of Dance
  • Idol Gives Back
  • CMT’s Next Superstar


  • Superstars of Dance (2009)
  • So You Think You Can Dance (2005)
  • All American Girl (2003)
  • American Idol (2002)
  • Survivor (2001)
  • Popstars (2000)
  • Animals Do The Funniest Things (1999)
  • TV Weekly (1988)
  • Gladiators (1992)
  • The Brian Conley Show

Social Media Links

Nigel Lythgoe loves to share his pictures and videos on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. He continuously shares his activities on social platforms to engage his fans. He has 6621 followers on Instagram. He is a celebrity and is widely followed on social media sites. Nigel Lythgoe net worth in 2022 is $180 Million.

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Nigel Lythgoe Net worth 2022 / Nigel Lythgoe’s Salary / Income

In 2022, Nigel Lythgoe net worth is around $180 Million. Mostly he earned his Net Worth from acting and producing TV shows.

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