Alexander Loxton, known for his dancing as much as his acting, is one such example of an individual who has carved out numerous places in different fields that have allowed him to be known as a remarkable artist - rather than ‘that dancer’ or ‘the actor from that show.’
“I come from a working class background but I think there were many seeds planted at a young age that foreshadowed my eventual pathway into being a bit of a bohemian,” Alexander clarifies with a smile.
Our loyal readers have been requesting a profile on Alexander for some time, particularly given recent heat and attention around his career with recent turns in Disney feature “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” that marked a return to his association with the world-famous musical.
“The Nutcracker”, as most of our readers will be aware, is one of the most anticipated and renowned productions in the ballet world and is a show that Alexander has been performing since he was 12 years old whether as a child mouse or a Cavalier at the Royal Opera House.
Alexander’s important role in the feature film version, starring alongside Oscar-nominee Keira Knightley, represents something of a culmination of many years sitting between the dancing and film worlds, during which time Alexander’s developed a reputation amongst cult film and dancing lovers, popping up as a leading actor in web films like "Star Wars" parodies that have attracted more than 3 million views online.
“The Star Wars parody crossed a number of different worlds for me and mixed this exotic environment with very down to earth moments - it was a funny shoot.”
Readers have equally expressed interest in knowing more about Alexander’s process.
It’s clear this type of genuine approach to the creative process has served Alexander well. In all of his work, whether in film, TV or on stage as a principal dancer for the Dutch National Ballet, there’s a hearty dose of masculine authority that is almost paradoxically both intense and relaxed and allows the Brit performer to truly shine in almost everything he does.
“I’ve been in entertainment for quite some time, and eventually after you start working and you get accustomed to the ebbs and flows of the industry, and become more aware of yourself, most performers get so used to it that they hold an energy that’s really unique to them. I’ve seen it in many others working at the top of their game, and like to think I’ve developed that quality too.”
In preparing this piece, our editors asked other industry bigwigs for their thoughts on this revered performer. Many cited his “remarkable artistry” and “luck” they had in working with him.
One prominent figure stated the following:
“Alex has an amazing ability to be incredibly present, moment to moment, so that an audience experiences what he’s going through at the same time. It’s quite extraordinary - especially because he does this as both an actor and dancer, but I can imagine that his accomplishments in one area have helped his skills develop in the other, and vice versa.”
Alexander has also shown off his innate acting abilities in his web-series "Viva la Vida." In the very first episode, which streams on Amazon Prime, it is clear that he is able to simultaneously show his vulnerable side while maintaining a comedic quality. Although there is a darkness in watching a man attempt to carry out his own suicide, Alexander masterfully sustains a humorous atmosphere throughout the scene, something he has been recognized frequently for in the series.
“In my character’s first attempt at suicide, I knew I needed to show the seriousness of what he was about to do and was very careful in how I went about brining in the comedic aspect to it. But I think the overall effect made the scene more about the failure of his attempt than the actual attempt itself.”
"The Nutcracker and the Four Realms," co-starring Keira Knightley, is available on Netflix.
"Viva la Vida" streams on Amazon Prime.