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Les Dennis Biography – Les Dennis Wiki
Les Dennis is an English comedian, actor and television presenter. He got his big break on the TV Talent show New Faces. He was the host of Family Fortunes from 1987 until 2002.
The entertainer was born Leslie Dennis Heseltine in 1953 in Garston, a suburb of Liverpool. After leaving school in 1972 with one A-Level in art, Dennis started his comedy career on the local circuit, performing in social and working men’s clubs in and around his native Liverpool.
He got his big break when he won the ITV talent show New Faces in 1974. In the early Eighties, Dennis teamed up with impressionist Dustin Gee and hosted the BBC comedy series The Laughter Show. After Gee’s sudden death in 1986, Dennis led the show alone for an additional series.
In 1987, Dennis became the third host of Family Fortunes and fronted the survey-based game show for 15 years until leaving in 2002.
His TV acting career includes roles in Extras, Brookside, Death in Paradise and Midsomer Murders and two years in Coronation Street. On stage he’s starred with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the English National Opera, and in hit plays and musicals such as Hairspray, Legally Blonde The Musical and 42nd Street.
Les Dennis Age
Leslie Dennis Heseltine was born on 12 October 1953 in Liverpool, England. He is 69 years old as of 2023. He will celebrate his 70th birthday on 12 October 2023.
Les Dennis Wife
Les Dennis has been married three times. He married his first wife Lynne Webster in 1974, and the pair had one son together before their split in 1990. In 1995, Dennis married fellow performer and TV personality Amanda Holden. Their relationship took a temporary break in 2000, when Holden had an affair with actor Neil Morrissey, before her and Dennis split permanently in 2002 and divorced the following year.
When Dennis met his third wife, Claire Nicholson, in 2005, he admittedly wasn’t looking for a long-term romance. In June 2023, he told The Times that his invitation to have dinner together was initially “nothing more than me being polite”.
“Love catches you out when you’re not looking,” he continued. “Although Claire and I went on several dates, I couldn’t bring myself to commit. I convinced myself it wasn’t going to work. Then, after about four months, we were planning our first Christmas together and, out of nowhere, I found myself saying, ‘I love you.’ The L word! Where did that come from?”
They married in 2009 and are still together, and now have a 15-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old son.
Les Dennis Children
Former Family Fortunes host Les Dennis has three children: Philip Heseltine, Eleanor Grace and Thomas Christopher.
Les Dennis Family
Television presenter Les Dennis has three children, a son, Philip Heseltine with his first wife Lynne Webster, a daughter, Eleanor Grace, born in 2008 and a son, Thomas Christopher, born in 2011, with his third wife Claire Heseltine.
Les Dennis Strictly Come Dancing
Dennis was the fifteenth and final celebrity contestant confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2023. The news was revealed on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
He said: “I’m thrilled to be doing this iconic wonderful show as I approach my 70th birthday! In my career I’ve always gone for challenges outside my comfort zone and this is the ultimate one! Can’t wait.”
He joined Amanda Abbington, Angela Rippon, Layton Williams, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Eddie Kadi, Angela Scanlon, Zara McDermott, Adam Thomas, Nikita Kanda, Ellie Leach, Jody Cundy, Bobby Brazier, Nigel Harman and Annabel Croft in the Strictly 2023 line-up.
Les Dennis Partner
69-year-old Les Dennis was partnered with Nancy Xu for the twenty-first series of Strictly Come Dancing.
“I’m so happy to be partnered with Nancy,” Dennis said. “Amazing teacher, lovely woman and we are having great fun learning our first dance.”
Les Dennis Height
Strictly Come Dancing star Les Dennis stands at a height of 5 feet 9 inches (5′ 9″/1.75 m tall).
Les Dennis Net Worth
Former ‘Family Fortunes’ host Les Dennis’ net worth is estimated to be £3 million.
His Instagram handle is thereallesdennis.