Leigh Francis  (AKA Keith Lemon)

Leigh Francis (AKA Keith Lemon)

AKA Keith Lemon


Keith first saw the light of day in Bo’ Selecta! He’s since introduced fans to Celebrity Juice, and has big plans for peak time viewers.


Leigh Francis is a comedian and performer who, although perhaps not that well known in his own right, is the creator of some of the most popular, and outrageous cult comic characters around including Keith Lemon, Avid Merrion, The Bear and his unique takes on Michael Jackson, Mel B, and Craig David.

Starting out as a standup comedian, Leigh was spotted by Davina McCall and provided with an early break in TV on Dom and Kirk's Nite O Plenty, where he portrayed Bobby Stark, a man delivering tips on how to be a lethario with mixed success. He then appeared on Channel 4’s Popworld as Barry Gibson, a paparazzi. It was these two characters that persuaded Channel 4 to commission a series based around them called Bo' Selecta!

Bo' Selecta! centred around Leigh’s unusual impressions of celebrities invariably based around ludicrous rubber masks, catchphrases and broad Yorkshire accents (whether said celebrity was from Yorkshire or not). The show became a huge cult success and the catchphrases were heard in pubs, offices and student unions across the country.

After the success of Bo' Selecta! Leigh took one of the show’s characters, Keith Lemon to a series of his own on ITV2. Keith Lemon's Very Brilliant World Tour was another success and lead to the creation of the parody panel show Celebrity Juice which has gone on to be even bigger than his previous shows. In turn Celebrity Juice has spawned Leigh’s own ITV1 show The Bang Tidy Show and Keith Lemon: The Film.

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