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Les Dennis

Les Dennis is an English comedian, television presenter and actor. He was best known as the host of Family Fortunes for 15 years

As a comedian Dennis worked the North West social and working-men's clubs. In 1974, he won New Faces, an ITV talent show, and appeared on numerous light-entertainment shows. In 1982, he joined as one of the team on Russ Abbot's Madhouse and The Russ Abbot Show before forming a comedy partnership... Read more >>

Les Dennis

Les Dennis Overview

Les Dennis is an English comedian, television presenter and actor. He was best known as the host of Family Fortunes for 15 years

As a comedian Dennis worked the North West social and working-men's clubs. In 1974, he won New Faces, an ITV talent show, and appeared on numerous light-entertainment shows. In 1982, he joined as one of the team on Russ Abbot's Madhouse and The Russ Abbot Show before forming a comedy partnership with fellow impressionist Dustin Gee, which in turn led to a series of their own, The Laughter Show. Following Gee's death in 1986, Les carried on The Laughter Show as a solo performer and became the third host of Family Fortunes for a fifteen-year run from 1987 to 2002.

His theatre work included Amos Hart in Chicago and Bill Snibson in Me and My Girl in the West End. He has starred in Skylight at the Water Mill Theatre, Newbury; Mr Wonderful at the Gateway Theatre (Chester), Misery at Oldham Coliseum Theatre; toured in the play Just Between Ourselves and appeared in Cherished Disappointments in Love at London's Soho Theatre. He starred in a national tour of Art and as Norman Bartholomew in Anthony Shaffer's dark comedy Murderer at London's Menier Chocolate Factory. He also starred in a hit season of Neville's Island at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. He appeared in the role of Mr. Fulton in High School Musical 2 in a UK tour from late August 2009 to February 2010. He had also made an appearance on two episodes of Bang Bang, It's Reeves and Mortimer in The Club sketch, where he played himself. He toured in Hairspray as Wilbur Turnblad. He is currently starring in the touring production of Legally Blonde the Musical playing the role of Professor Callahan.

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