Richard Clifford Blackwood (born 15 May 1972 in Clapham, London, England) is a British comedian, former media personality, actor and rapper. He is currently playing Vincent Hubbard on the BBC soap opera, EastEnders.
Blackwood presented the hit UK version of Singled Out on mainstream television channel, Channel 5 and, in 1999, presented his own show called The Richard Blackwood Show.
Blackwood scored a UK #3 hit single in 2000, with the song "Mama Who Da Man", based on "Mama Used to Say" by his uncle Junior. The 200,000+ selling hit single was written and produced by Lucas Secon (Pussycat Dolls, Jordin Sparks, Sugababes) and Mickey P. He later followed it up with a couple more singles, "1, 2, 3, 4 Get With The Wicked" (#10) and "Someone There For Me" (#23) and released the ironically titled album You'll Love to Hate This (#10) in late 2000.
Blackwood appeared on Brass Eye in 2001, during which he was tricked into saying that Internet paedophiles can make computer keyboards emit noxious fumes in order to subdue children. Blackwood even sniffed a keyboard and claimed it made him feel "suggestible". Blackwood also warned watching parents that exposure to the fumes would make their children "smell like hammers". He had acting appearances in Holby City in 2003 and played the title character in the 2002 television series Ed Stone Is Dead. During May 2003, Blackwood appeared in Channel 5's Celebrity Detox Camp, which involved him being filmed "pumping 18 litres of coffee solution through his anus into his stomach". In March 2007, he acted in the Bollywood smash-hit film Don't Stop Dreaming. In 2005, Blackwood appeared in Princes of Comedii DVD release.
Blackwood was a presenter for the London radio station Choice FM.
In 2010, he played Brightie in the Tennessee Williams play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, alongside Adrian Lester and James Earl Jones at the Novello Theatre in London.
In March 2011, he played the role of Russell - the Store Manager - in Anuvahood, starring Adam Deacon.
In 2011 he played the role of Donkey in the West End production of Shrek the Musical. The show opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 14 June 2011. He has starred alongside such performers as Amanda Holden, Nigel Lindsay, Nigel Harman, Kimberley Walsh and Neil McDermott.
Blackwood appeared with the rest of the Shrek cast on Britain's Got Talent for ITV on 31 May 2011. They performed "I'm a Believer".
On 17 January 2015, it was announced that Blackwood would be joining the cast of EastEnders as mysterious character Vincent Hubbard.
In a 2000 interview, Blackwood claimed that if he had not made it in show business he would have been "a graphic designer, designing buildings" (sic).
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