The Grimsby-born dancer, 36, made a cheeky joke at the Olivier Awards 2019 last weekend, where he and his former Strictly Come Dancing pro sister Joanne Clifton, 35, were presenting an award. Taking to the stage, the pair looked the picture of glamour for the star-studded ceremony, with Kevin Clifton putting on a dapper display in a sharp black suit and tie. “I’d just like to say what an honour and privilege it is to be here tonight at the Olivier Awards amongst so many talented and inspiring people,” he told the crowd. Turning to the royal box in the Royal Albert Hall, he then addressed Camilla Parker Bowles, 71, who was in attendance with her son Tom Parker Bowles. “And hopefully, fingers crossed, your Royal Highness, my next partner on Strictly Come Dancing?” he quipped, as the audience tittered.
Joanne gestured to her brother by jerking her thumb in his direction in an encouraging motioning order to urge the royal to sign up to the show.
The dancers, who have both lifted the Glitterball trophy on Strictly Come Dancing, took to the stage at the Oliviers in order to present the gong for Best Theatre Choreographer.
Joanne joined the professional line-up on the show in 2014.
Two years later she won with her celebrity partner Ore Oduba, 33, and has since gone on to star in productions of Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Rocky Horror Show.
Kevin, meanwhile has been a member of the Strictly cast since 2013.
He has made the final five times, before finally being crowned champion with Stacey Dooley, 32, last year.
Kevin has also returned to the stage this year, taking on the role of Stacee Jaxx in the Rock of Ages musical.
Elsewhere, Strictly Come Dancing fans’ world was rocked this week when Darcey Bussell, 49, announced she was leaving after seven years on the judging panel.
She insisted the decision was not due to any “disagreement”, telling her 173,000 Twitter followers in a statement: “It has been a complete privilege for me to be part of Strictly for the past seven years, working with such a talented team.
“I have enjoyed every minute of my time and will miss everyone from my fellow judges, the presenters, the dancers, the musicians, the entire back stage team, and especially the viewers of the show, who have been so supportive.
“I am not leaving because of any upset or disagreement at all,” she continued. “I am just stepping away to give more focus to my many other commitments in dance, after seven truly wonderful years that I can’t imagine having gone any better.”
Darcey also hinted at the possibility of returning to the show in some capacity in the future, saying: “I know I will miss being part of this unique show, and the fact that it celebrates dance is something I am so passionate about.
“I hope that I may be very lucky to be asked back again one day.”
It is not yet known who will take Darcey’s place on the panel, but her fellow judges were quick to share their praise for her following the news of her departure.
“You were my rock when I was new to the show and have always been so kind,” Shirley Ballas, 58, wrote in view of her 122,000 followers.
“I for one will dearly mis my partner in crime and our girly chats. It just won’t be the same without you.”
Bruno Tonioli, 63, told his 193,000 Twitter followers: “My Darling @DarceyOfficial I will miss you so much your knowledge beauty talent charm and elegance makes you a true national treasure.
“I will treasures all the time we spent together on and off screen.”(sic)
Craig Revel Horwood, 54, also paid tribute to Darcey’s time on Strictly, telling The Mirror she was his “best mate”.
“I’ve sent her a private message — unlike everyone else who sends their condolences as though she’s dead! Which makes me laugh,” the acid-tongued judge said.
“She’s not died, she’s just left the show. She’s got a life to lead — she’s a Dame, she doesn’t need it.”
Strictly Come Dancing returns later this year on BBC One.