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Roy progressed from chorister to Northern Ireland hammer-throwing champion to TV game show host and entertainer. He’s since appeared on Peter Kay’s show and Come Dine With Me, but he will always be best known for inviting contestants on the original version of Catchphrase to “Say what you see.”
Roy Walker, the original host of Catchphrase, is one of Britain’s most popular mainstream stand-up comedians. His lugubrious style and dead-pan expression has endeared him to live audiences all over the country.
Roy was born in Belfast and sang as a boy soprano. He was invited to join the celebrated Francis Longford Choir, and toured with them extensively whilst at the same time showing exceptional talent as a sportsman. Remarkably, he became Northern Ireland Champion at hammer-throwing.
A few years later Roy changed tack, and recorded the highest marks ever given to a comedian on television’s New Faces. It was the start of a career that has seen him starring on all the major variety shows, including Live From The Palladium, The Bob Monkhouse Show and Des O’Connor Tonight.
A new generation has learned to appreciate Roy’s sardonic take on the world and alongside a host of guest spots on various chat and entertainment shows including Britain's Got More Talent and Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, he has appeared in Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights and on Radio 4’s clash of comedy generations panel show, Act Your Age. He’s also become a cult hit on The Chris Moyles Show on Radio 1 as the host of ‘Car Park Catchphrase’.
Alongside comedy and presenting, for corporate workshops, Roy steps back into the role of quiz master and welcomes back Mr Chips, along with a new batch of cryptic clues. Fun filled nostalgia and a real guilty pleasure, Roy once again invites contestants to ‘say what you see!’
Away from showbusiness, his greatest love is golf.
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