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Les Dennis

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Les Dennis is one of the UK’s best-known entertainers with a career in showbusiness spanning over 50 years. 

Born in Liverpool, he came to prominence as a comedian in the 1970s after honing his craft on the northern Working Men’s Club circuit and turning pro after a winning set on New Faces. He became a stalwart of Saturday night TV in the 80s and 90s, starring in comedies including The Russ Abbot Show and The Les Dennis Laughter Show, and most famously as the host of ITV’s Family Fortunes between 1987 and 2002. 

In recent years Les has enjoyed a thriving career as an actor, starring with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the English National Opera and in numerous hit plays and musicals in the West End and on tour, as well as a regular role on Coronation Street. 

Theatre includes: HMS Pinafore (ENO), Hairspray (Coliseum), Venice Preserved and The Provoked Wife (RSC), End of the Pier (Park Theatre), The Miracle of Great Homer Street (Liverpool Royal Court), The Addams Family (Music and Lyrics), She Loves Me (Menier Chocolate Factory), Down the Dock Road (Liverpool Royal Court), The Perfect Murder (TPM Productions), Spamalot (ATG), Hairspray (UK tour), Jigsy (Liverpool Royal Court – Best Actor, LPD Arts), When We Are Married (WYP), Eurobeat (No. 1 tour/West End), Certified Male (Edinburgh Festival), The Servant of Two Masters (Wales Theatre Company), Marlon Brando’s Corset (Edinburgh Festival), Neville’s Island (Birmingham Rep), South Pacific (Birmingham Symphony), Art (UK tour), Cherished Disappointments in Love (Soho), Chicago (Adelphi), Just Between Ourselves (Theatre Royal Bath), Skylight (Watermill) and Me and My Girl (Adelphi). 

Film includes: Sideshow, Wounded (winner of Best Feature, Marbella Film Festival) and Intimate Relations. 

Television includes: Moving On, Birds of a Feather, Coronation Street, Holby City, Hotel Babylon, New Street Law, Extras, The Quest 2, Casualty, Mersey Beat, Doctors, Brookside, Les Dennis and Dustin Gee’s Laughter Show.

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