BRIAN CONLEY

Brian ConleyBrian Conley was born in West London and studied Performing Arts at The Barbara Speake Stage School.

At the age of 16 he started working as a cabaret performer and has gone on to perform in a number of West End musicals, TV sitcoms, presented his own chat shows, recorded three albums and completed numerous sell-out tours of the UK.

After appearances on Five Alive and Live from the Palladium Brian hosted two series of Brian Conley - This Way Up and four series of The Brian Conley Show, both for ITV.

Television credits include: two series of Time after Time (British Comedy Award for Best ITV Sitcom), Doug 'Dynamo' Digby in The Grimleys, Last Of The Summer Wine, The Cruise and The Life And Times Of Vivienne Vyle opposite Jennifer Saunders.

Brian has presented The National Lottery Show Live, hosted two series of Let Me Entertain You for the BBC, starred in his own An Audience With.... and hosted the Royal Variety Performance.

Theatre credits:  In London’s West End Brian starred as Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang! Bang! at the London Palladium and originated the role of Al Jolson in the Olivier Award winning Jolson at the Victoria Palace Theatre.  He appeared in Elton John’s Glasses at the Queen’s Theatre and starred as Bill Snibson in Me and My Girl for a year at the Adelphi.  In 2008 Brian played Harold Hill in The Music Man at Chichester Festival Theatre for which he won Best Performance in a Musical at the TMA Awards. Last year he toured the UK in The Best of Brian Conley.  

Film:  Brian has starred in Circus with John Hannah and Eddie Izzard; Unconditional Love with Kathy Bates; Dream with Sinead Cusack; Arthur's Dyke with Pauline Quirk; I Am Bob with Sir Bob Geldof and the cult film Equilibrium with Sean Bean and Christian Bale.

Recording: Brian has recorded three albums, Stage to Stage with the London Philharmonic Orchestra; Let The Good Times Roll and Brian Conley Sings

Brian played Edna Turnblad in Hairspray in the West End and has been sharing the role with Michael Ball and Michael Starke on the UK tour 

Brian has done a big top tour of a new Neil Diamond musical Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show directed by Craig Revel Horwood, and has recently been starring in Cameron Mackintosh's new tour of Oliver! sharing the role of Fagin with Neil Morrissey

He is next playing the lead in a new tour of Barnum the Musical which Cameron Mackintosh is co-producing starting at the Leicester Curve this summer.