Harry Enfield

Harry Enfield

Date of birth: 30-05-1961
A former milkman, Harry Enfield started his comedy career as an impressionist on Spitting Image, but shot to fame Channel 4's Saturday Live, first in the guise of Greek kebab-shop owner Stavros, then with the iconic Eighties builder Loadsamoney.

He appeared both as Loadsamoney and his peniless Geordie counterpart Bugger-All-Money at he Nelson Mandela Birthday Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium in 1988, before the character was killed off as Enfield felt he was becoming a hero, rather than a parody,.

He landed his own BBC show in 1990, first with Harry Enfield's Television Programme, and then Harry Enfield and Chums, the change in title acknowledging the contribution of co-stars Paul Whitehouse and Kathy Burke. Characters included Tim, nice but dim, Smashie and Nicey, Wayne and Waynetta Slob, Mr Cholmondley-Warner and Kevin the Teenager - who would star in his own film, 2000's Ibiza-set Kevin & Perry Go Large.

Many of Enfield's characters have gone on to front advertising campaigns, and he created a spoof life coach for a series of TV commercials for Burger King in 2005.

In 1992, he played Dermot in the first series of Men Behaving Badly on ITV. But it was not considered a success and the commercial broadcaster did not recomission it. When the BBC picked it up, Enfield was replaced by Neil Morrissey.

He has also made a number of one-offs, including Sir Norbet Smith - A Life for Channel 4 in 1993, and Norman Ormal– A Very Political Turtle for BBC one in 1998. He also presented a guide to opera, one of his passions, for Channel 4 in 1993.

Enfield's successful partnership with Whitehouse ended in the mid-Nineties, with his partner going on to create The Fast Show. In 2000, Enfield signed a lucrative deal with Sky One to create a new batch of characters for Harry Enfield's Spanking New Show - but it failed to replicate the success of his BBC shows.

In 2002 Enfield returned to the BBC with Celeb, based on the Private Eye comic strip about ageing rockstar Gary Bloke, but it only lasted one series.

Enfield's awards haul includes the 1998 British Comedy Award for top BBC1 Comedy Personality and Silver Roses of Montreux in 1990 (for Norbert Smith), 1995 (Smashie And Nicey - End Of An Era) and 1998 (Harry Enfield and Chums).

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The Windsors to become a West End stage show

Harry Enfield to play the Prince Of Wales... at the Prince Of Wales Theatre

Channel 4’s Royal family sitcom The Windsors is to hit the West End stage this summer.

And, aptly enough, it will be at the Prince of Wales theatre.

Harry Enfield will reprise his role as Prince Charles in the show, entitled  The Windsors: Endgame, but no other cast has yet been announced. However, producers say many of the actors from the television series will be involved.

The stage show was written by the creators of the TV series, George Jeffrie and Bert Tyler-Moore, and directed by Michael Fentiman, who also brought Amelie to the stage. Jefferie died suddenly in September of a heart attack, at the age of 56.

According to the producers, the plot revolves around Wills challenging his father for the crown and Camilla determined to see him off and rule the land with an iron fist.

Wills needs Harry and Meghan’s help if he’s ever going to triumph – but will they come back from California and their authentic life with their rescue chickens? And how will Beatrice and Eugenie ever clear their father, Prince Andrew’s name?

The show opens on August 2 and will run for ten weeks. Tickets are on sale now, priced £13 to £140.

The Windsors has run on Channel 4 for three series - in 2016, 2017 and 2020, plus two specials. No fourth season has yet been announced

Stars of the TV version also include Haydn Gwynne as Camilla; Hugh Skinner and Louise Ford as Wills and Kate; Tom Durant-Pritchard and Kathryn Drysdale as Harry and Meghan; and Ellie White and Celeste Dring as Beatrice and Eugenie.

It will be the third sitcom to transfer to the West End in recent years, with Enfield’s former collaborator Paul Whitehouse writing and starring in the Only Fools and Horses Musical since 2019; and Ben Elton’s Shakespearean comedy Upstart Crow playing at the Gielgud last year. Although Enfield played the playwright’s father in the BBC Two comedy, the character did not feature in the stage version.

Just last month Booker Prize winning author  Hilary Mantel said that the Royal Family is facing an 'endgame' and that she 'doesn't know how much longer the institution will go on'.

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Published: 8 Jun 2021

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