£2,000 - £2,500
Type of Entertainment
Speaker - After Dinner Speaker
Corporate Events, Conferences, Award Ceremonies
Birmingham born Don Maclean first shot to national fame as host of BBC TV’s Crackerjack & The Black & White Minstrel Show & went on to host Mouthtrap & First Letter First.
On radio he enjoyed success with topical comedy shows like Maclean Up Britain, Keep it Maclean, The Press Gang & The Clever Dick-athlon before becoming host of Good Morning Sunday.
Don portrayed great enthusiasm for showbusiness from a very early age. He left school with seven ‘O’ Levels & a life-saving certificate but soon tired of office life. Shortly after he joined a South Coast holiday camp as a Sports Organiser & later ended up as Entertainments Manager.
He later enrolled at a local theatre school whilst becoming a part-time biology teacher & entertaining in local clubs in the evenings. A pantomime season followed in Skegness. Don is now recognised as one of the country’s most accomplished pantomime dames.
In 1967, Don married Antoinette Roux, whom he met during one of his summer seasons. The couple have two children. On return from their honeymoon in Australia, he secured a spot on one of BBC TV’s top variety shows, Billy Cotton’s Music Hall. He went on to appear in The Good Old Days & The Roy Castle Show before featuring in a BBC documentary entitled Stand-up Comic.
Don is one of the country’s leading comedians & after dinner speakers & is heavily in demand on the corporate circuit, a fact borne out by the number of re-bookings he secures!
He has appeared in seven Royal Command shows & his 25th anniversary in showbusiness was marked by a coveted Silver Heart from the Variety Club of Great Britain.
His writing talents have come to the fore in recent years. In addition to his success on BBC Radio 4’s Morning Story, Don’s fictional tales have been published in several national magazines & he is currently hard at work on his debut novel.
Leisure plays a big part in Don’s life. He is a keep-fit fanatic & enjoys playing squash. He is a qualified pilot & an expert on aircraft on the First World War. He pilots his own Piper Tomahawk & flies regularly to Scotland, Ireland & the south coast.
Don was awarded an MBE in the 2001 New Years Honours list.
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