All About Me
I’m now in my fifty first year in show business. Starting as a Butlin redcoat I have tackled everything: Stand up comedy, Pantomime, Music hall,Farce, Film, Musicals and the plays of Shakespeare,Stoppard, Cooney. On TV I’ve been involved with soaps, sit coms, Dramas and variety. On radio, for twenty six years, I led the show that won every possible award, at home and abroad, The News Huddlines.
I My writing, Ranging form dozens of pantomimes to Underneath The Arches,(In which i wom a SWET award for “best actor in a musical”) have now encomepassed three books on show business, a regular twice monthly column in yours magazine and, published just last year, my autobiography.
I’ve been a member of the Grand Order of Water Rats, for forty years. I was King Rat for the Orders 100th Anniversary and again for the millenium. My theatre career is a long and distinguished one encompassing concert party, music hall, variety, musicals, and the legit from Ray Cooney to Shakespeare. Pantomime has been an enormously important part of my career having appeared in more than thirty and written almost as many. four years ago iI was awarded the OBE in the New Year Honours List for, “Services to Entertainment”.
Three years ago I was made a Honorary Doctor of Civil Law at the University of East Anglia.
I am the President of The British Music Hall Society a member of the Charities Committee of The Grand Order of Water Rats and a Trustee of the Actor’s Trade Union, Equity.