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Let the Good Times Roll
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7 August 1961 (age 54) (1961-08-07) Paddington, London, England
Comedian, singer, actor
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Anne-Marie Conley (m. 1996)
The Brian Conley Show, The Grimleys, Circus, Busy Buses, Arthur's Dyke
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Brian Conley Wikipedia
Brian Conley (born 7 August 1961) is an English comedian, television presenter, singer and actor. At the peak of his television career, he was the highest-paid male television personality in the UK. Outside of television, he is best known for his frequent portrayals of Buttons in pantomime versions of Cinderella.
Brian Paul Conley was born in Paddington, London. His father was a taxi driver. He was brought up in West London and studied Performing Arts at the Barbara Speake Stage School. As a teenager, Conley had a few minor television appearances, including an advert for hot dogs and a small role in a 1977 episode of the science fiction series Survivors. At the age of 16, by lying about his age, Conley started work as a Pontin's Bluecoat.
Conley's first major show business success was fronting a comedy showband called Tomfoolery, who performed in pubs and clubs across England and Wales, sometimes as a support act for artists such as Johnny Mathis and the Nolans. Although the group broke up due to internal disputes when Conley was 19, his work with the band led to him being talent spotted by agent Bob Voice. As a result of this, Conley started working as a warm-up man for television personalities such as the Krankies, Kenny Everett and Terry Wogan.
Conley's career was then advanced by TVS casting director Bill Hatterley, who secured him onscreen appearances on comedy shows such as Make Me Laugh (1982), The Laughter Show (1984-1985), Live from Her Majesty's (1984–87) and Five Alive (1987). In 1989, with the support of London Weekend Television (LWT)'s light entertainment controller, Conley starred in his own comedy sketch show, Brian Conley: This Way Up. This programme was popular, but not hugely successful.
After two series of the show, Conley made his first appearance in the West End, playing the lead role of Bill Snibson in a production of Me & My Girl.
In 1992, LWT offered him another opportunity to star in his own comedy programme, with The Brian Conley Show. At the suggestion of producer and director Nigel Lythgoe, this new show had a variety format rather than being purely sketches. This different format proved popular, and the show became Britain's most-watched light entertainment programme. Conley's next success was a sitcom entitled Time After Time, in which he played the lead role. The show was named 'Best ITV Sitcom' at the 1994 British Comedy Awards.
He then went on to play the hugely popular Doug 'Dynamo' Digby, starring opposite Amanda Holden, Nigel Planer and Noddy Holder in The Grimleys. He was also given "An Audience with...".
Conley recorded a live show in 1996 titled "Brian Conley: Alive and Dangerous", which was televised and featured stand-up plus special Nick Frisby/Larry the Loafer and Dangerous Brian sketches. The show was put on VHS and later on DVD.
Around 2000, Conley was given a new show for ITV consisting of chat and music called, once again, The Brian Conley Show. The show lasted for three series. The show's guests included some major Hollywood names like Kathleen Turner and Leslie Nielsen.
Conley also worked at the BBC for a couple of shows. His first being We've Got Your Number, a game show part of a long series of National Lottery game shows. Conley would later return to the BBC to present Let Me Entertain You in 2006.
He has done much stage work, including the parts of Buttons in Cinderella and Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
In 2003, he appeared in the film Equilibrium.
In 2006, Conley returned to television, hosting a daytime variety show called Let Me Entertain You, a Lion TV production for BBC Two where 13-year-old operatic baritone Matthew Crane was the first series champion. On 1 December of the same year, he appeared as a guest presenter on The New Paul O'Grady Show on Channel 4, where Larry the Loafer made an appearance in the beginning, and Brian referred himself to "Dangerous Brian" as he was about to enter the "Tank of Doom" as part of a Bushtucker trial.
Later in 2007, Conley presented a second series of Let Me Entertain You on BBC Two, and presented a gameshow, Dirty Rotten Cheater for the BBC. Twenty shows were recorded in May at the Maidstone Studios in Kent.
Conley presented the Midweek Lottery show on BBC One in 2008. On 24 April 2008, Brian took over from ill presenter Paul O'Grady on The Paul O'Grady Show on Channel 4, where he starred once again as 'Dangerous Brian' and he contested against 'Nearly Dangerous Joyce'. Larry the Loafer also made an appearance. On 22 June 2008, Brian performed a cameo role in Last of the Summer Wine as "Boothroyd", Barry's fitness mad neighbour.
Brian appeared as part of Team Ant on Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, and took over from Michael Ball in the musical Hairspray playing the role of Edna Turnblad at London's Shaftesbury Theatre. He also played the same role in the UK Tour of Hairspray, sharing the role with Michael Ball and actor Michael Starke, at selected UK venues. He has also partaken in his own live show, "The Best of Brian Conley", which showcases 'the best' of Brian's material from his past shows, interspersed with occasional showreels of either Larry the Loafer, Dangerous Brian (depending on who Brian is about to come on stage as) or a generic showreel of his work. Like the Brian Conley Show, the stage show invites guests to perform on stage alongside Brian. In 2010, the show went on tour again, covering more areas of the country.
He recently finished playing Fagin in Cameron Mackintosh's Oliver! and also finished a West End run as Edna Turnblad in Olivier Award-winning Hairspray. His recent stage career has included lead roles in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Music Man at the Chichester Festival, Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show (directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood) and Olivier Award-winning Jolson, in which he played Al Jolson.
On 7 November 2012, ITV confirmed that Conley would feature in the 2012 series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!. On 19 November 2012, Brian left the jungle on medical grounds.
In April 2014, Conley was a contestant on CBBC's Driving Academy programme. In 2014, he hosted a game show for Challenge called Timeline and he presented two series of the daytime BBC show The TV That Made Me in 2015 and 2016.
On 18 August 2017, it was announced that Conley would be taking part in the fifteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Conley married Anne-Marie on 4 August 1996, in a ceremony at a Stoke Poges chapel, Buckinghamshire. Conley had proposed eight months earlier, while wearing a suit of armour. The wedding day itself also had comic elements, causing celebrity guest Linda Lusardi to remark that it was "the funniest wedding I've been to" — Conley made several memorable quips during the event, and the couple left the church in the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car. The couple have two daughters.Brian Conley: This Way Up (1989–90)
The Brian Conley Show (1992–95)
Brian Conley: Alive and Dangerous (1996)
Brian Conley's Crazy Christmas (1997)
The Brian Conley Show (2000–02)
An Audience with... (2002)
Simply the Best! LWT'S Most Memorable Moments (1998)
The National Lottery: We've Got Your Number (1999)
Royal Variety Performance (1999)
Judgement Day (2003)
Let Me Entertain You (2006–2007)
The New Paul O'Grady Show (2006, 2009; 2 episodes as guest presenter)
Dirty Rotten Cheater (2007)
Brian Conley's Timeline (2014)
The TV That Made Me (2015—)
Survivors (1977) — as Michael, episode 'The Peacemakers'
Outside Chance (1993, pilot for Time After Time) — as Kenny Conway
Time After Time (1994–95) — as Kenny Conway
The Grimleys (1999-2000) — as Doug 'Dynamo' Digby
The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle (2007) — as Chris Connor
Last of the Summer Wine (2008) — as Boothroyd, episode 'Enter the Finger'
Make Me Laugh (1982)
Punchlines! (1983–84, 2 episodes)
The Laughter Show (1984–85)
Live from Her Majesty's (1984–87, 4 episodes)
The Keith Harris Show (1985, 1 episode)
Five Alive (1987)
Laughs from the Palladium (1987)
You Bet! (1991, 1 episode)
Telethon Night Out (1992)
Royal Variety Performance (1993)
Surprise Surprise (1993–94, 2 episodes)
Children in Need (1996)
Royal Variety Performance (1996)
Family Fortunes (2001, 1 episode)
SMTV Gold (2003, 1 episode)
The Wright Stuff (2005, 1 episode)
Comic Relief in da Bungalow (2005)
Dick and Dom in da Bungalow (2006, 1 episode)
The Best of the Royal Variety (2006)
Grumpy Old New Year (2006)
The Wright Stuff (2007–09, 16 episodes)
Comedy Map of Britain (2007, 1 episode)
The Grumpy Guide to... Youth Culture (2007)
Cash in the Celebrity Attic (2008, 1 episode)
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (2009, 6 episodes)
Conley's appearances on chat shows include Aspel & Company (1993), This Morning (1993 & 2005), Open House with Gloria Hunniford (1998), The New Paul O'Grady Show (2005 & 2009), GMTV (2005), Breakfast (2008), The Alan Titchmarsh Show (2009), The One Show (2009), The 5 O'Clock Show (2010), The Michael Ball Show (2010) and Loose Women (2007–11, various episodes).
Additionally, Conley has appeared as a talking head on many compilation shows and documentaries including: The 100 Greatest Musicals (2003), Bob Monkhouse's Comedy Heroes (2004), Who Killed Saturday Night TV? (2004), The Story of Light Entertainment (2006), 100 Greatest Stand-Ups (2007), 50 Greatest Comedy Catchphrases (2008) and The Nolans: In the Mood for Dancing (2009).Cinderella: The Show Must Go On (1986, TV) – as Dandini
West is West (1987) – as Sue's friend
Circus (2000) – as Bruno
Hotel! (2001, TV) – as Inspector Cochrane
Dream (2001) – as Charlie Allen
Arthur's Dyke (2001) – as Dave
Cruise of the Gods (2002) – as self
Equilibrium (2002) – as Reading Room Proprietor
Marple: By the Pricking of My Thumbs (2006, TV) – as Eric Johnson
I Am Bob (2007) – as the Compere
(unknown year) — Dick Whittington (as Idle Jack), The Hexagon, Reading
1979–1980 — Robinson Crusoe (as part of Tomfoolery), Swansea Grand Theatre
1984–1985 — Mother Goose, Churchill Theatre, Bromley
1989–1990 — Dick Whittington (as a villager), Nottingham Theatre Royal
1992–1993 — Aladdin, Birmingham Hippodrome
1993–1994 — Cinderella (as Buttons), The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
1997–1998 — Cinderella (as Buttons), The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
1998–1999 — Cinderella (as Buttons), Birmingham Hippodrome
1999–2000 — Cinderella (as Buttons), Theatre Royal, Plymouth
2001–2002 — Dick Whittington (as Dick Whittington), Birmingham Hippodrome
2002–2003 — Cinderella (as Buttons), The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
2003–2004 — Cinderella (as Buttons), Manchester Opera House
2004–2005 — Cinderella (as Buttons), Theatre Royal, Plymouth
2005–2006 — Aladdin (as Aladdin), The Orchard Theatre, Dartford
2006–2007 — Cinderella (as Buttons), Birmingham Hippodrome
2007–2008 — Cinderella (as Buttons), Wycombe Swan Theatre, High Wycombe
2008–2009 — Cinderella (as Buttons), Nottingham Theatre Royal
2009–2010 — Cinderella (as Buttons), Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea
2010–2011 — Cinderella (as Buttons), The New Theatre, Cardiff
2011–2012 — Cinderella (as Buttons), Birmingham Hippodrome
2012–2013 — Robinson Crusoe (as Robinson Crusoe), Birmingham Hippodrome
2013–2014 — Robinson Crusoe (as Robinson Crusoe), The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
2014–2015 — Cinderella (as Buttons), The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
2015–2016 — Cinderella (as Buttons), Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea
2016–2017 — Robinson Crusoe (as Robinson Crusoe), Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea
2017–2018 — Cinderella (as Buttons), Milton Keyenes Theatre
Me and My Girl (as Bill Snibson), Adelphi Theatre, 1991.
Jolson (as Al Jolson), Victoria Palace Theatre, 1995-98.
Elton John's Glasses (as Bill), Queen's Theatre, 1998.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (as Caractacus Potts), London Palladium, 2005 and UK tour, 2006.
The Music Man (as Professor Harold Hill), Chichester Festival Theatre, 2008.
Hairspray (as Edna Turnblad), Shaftesbury Theatre, 2009-10 and UK tour, 2010.
Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show (as Brother Love), UK tour, 2011.
Oliver! (as Fagin), UK tour, 2012.
Barnum (as P.T. Barnum), UK Tour, 2014–15
Stage to Stage (Telstar, 1996)
Songs from the Shows (2002)
Brian Conley Sings (Sony, 2002)
Let the Good Times Roll (Universal, 2002)
Brian Conley: Alive + Extra Dangerous (Universal, 1996)
1995 National Television Awards, Most Popular Comedy Performer
2004 Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards, Most Popular Performer
2008 TMA Best Performance in a Musical Award (for The Music Man)
1996 Olivier Award for Best Musical Actor (for Jolson)
2000 National Television Awards, Most Popular Comedy Performer