Before beginning my review of the National Portrait Gallery’s first-class survey of Lucian Freud’s portraits, I want to tell a story that could not have been printed while the artist was still alive.
About 20 years ago, I found myself face to face with a madman.
In 2005, Blackwood appeared in Princes of Comedii DVD release.Tell me a poem as to why I shouldn't be suicidal..." The three people that are left then have to match minds with the lonely heart.They'd each be asked questions with two possible answers that the person in question will have answered on a card beforehand. Whoever gets to there first wins a date with them, probably to somewhere exotic like, ooh... Then it would be done again but with a girl chasing 50 boys. Sunday lunchtime screenings of the original US version went out on BBC2 for a short while during the mid 90s - it was around this time they were also repeating Shooting Stars in the same timeslot.He later followed it up with a couple more singles, "184.108.40.206 Get with the Wicked" (No. 23) and released the ironically titled album You'll Love to Hate This (No. 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 rose to prominence presenting dating show, Singled Out, and chart show, Select - alongside fellow presenter June Sarpong - on popular music channel, MTV. shot to the top of the charts in 2000 and his follow-up hit, 220.127.116.11 Get With The Wicked, enjoyed the same success.Though he took a brief hiatus from national television, he remained heavily involved in the comedy circuit and on stage.The East Enders star will bring his charm to the Channel 4 show as he attempts to find love in an episode that will be screened next month.The 44-year-old actor, who stars as reformed bad boy Vincent Hubbard in the BBC1 soap, will feature in one of four planned specials.Blackwood was a presenter for the London radio station Choice FM and did some cover work on Capital 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.He has starred alongside such performers as Amanda Holden, Nigel Lindsay, Nigel Harman, Kimberley Walsh and Neil Mc Dermott.