£12,000 - £15,000
Type of Entertainment
Presenter & Host - Entertainment / Speaker - After Dinner Speaker
Corporate Events, Conferences, Award Ceremonies, Launch Events
Les Dennis 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 Opportunity Knocks. He became a stalwart of Saturday night TV; in the 80s and 90s starring in TV comedies including The Russ Abbot Show and The Les Dennis Laughter Show performing sketches and impressions and most famously as the host of Family Fortunes between 1987 and 2002 on ITV.
For the last decade Les has focused on his career as an actor, building up an extensive list of leading credits on tour and in the West End including Amos Hart in Chicago, Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray, and Bill Snibson in Me & My Girl. His one-man play Jigsy, a dark comic drama about an ageing stand-up comedian played at the Assembly Rooms on the Edinburgh Fringe in 2012, earning him a Best Actor award at the LDP Arts Awards and a stack of 4 and 5 star reviews from the national press.
As a TV actor, he’s played leading roles in dramas such as Midsomer Murders and Holby City & also in comedies including playing ‘himself’ in Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant’s show Extras quite literally laying himself bare and giving one of the most excruciatingly brilliant performances of the Golden Globe winning series. In 2011 he reunited with Gervais and Merchant for Life’s Too Short alongside Warwick Davies for BBC/HBO.
Les can currently be seen playing the lead role of King Arthur in Spamalot in the West End and impressing the judges with his culinary skills as a finalist on Celebrity Masterchef on BBC1.
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