Craig has been a judge on the BBC dancing show since its inception in 2004, and in that time he has been labelled as the harshest judge for his brutal but honest critique and strict feedback and scoring.
Speaking on ITV's This Morning earlier today, Craig said: "The first two years were quite frightening because people were slightly abusive...and didn't get my fabulous wit and humour, darling! But certainly people have grown to appreciate my comments now."
Craig, 50, said he is beginning to change public perception: "Actually, I'm treated rather well on the street. I mean, yes, I have been hit by 80 year olds and I've had trolleys pushed into the back of my legs in a supermarket! But if we're taking a survey darling, I'd say 60% like and 40% don't!"
It seems, however, that Craig is taking his 'Mr Nasty' tag in his stride...
"I have to thank the wonderful British public for naming me 'Mr Nasty' because I've been playing wonderful evil parts," he added. "From Captain Hook to wonderful Miss Hannigan in Annie, which I'm absolutely loving!"
Craig started rehearsals as villainous orphanage caretaker Miss Hannigan in a new production of Annie yesterday.
Speaking about his role, he concluded: "What I love about the part is that you can have a lot of fun with the kids. We started rehearsals yesterday and I was so nervous, there's a New York accent to do. It's very Barbra Streisand darling!"
Annie opens on 11 July at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle before touring around the UK.
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