BETTER known as a Saturday night TV host throughout the Eighties and Nineties, entertainer Les Dennis is carving out a new, critically-acclaimed career as a leading man both on the West End and the small screen.
Switching from comedy to acting is something Les had always wanted to do and it seems to be paying off, having recently signed a six-month contract for Coronation Street.
He says: “The comedy world is a young man’s game and the cabaret circuit thing that I did is fading now. I am happy my career has worked out so well. The biggest compliment I get is people who say they came along and thought they were watching Les Dennis but after 10 minutes forgot about him and were watching Victor.”
Victor Smiley is Les’ character in the stage-adaptation of Peter James’ novella The Perfect Murder. Victor is married to Joan, played by Claire Goose (Waking the Dead, Casualty), and, after 20 years of marriage, has resorted to some murderous plans.
Les explains: “He is plotting to commit the perfect murder but he has not taken into consideration the fact that Joan has plans of her own. It is a black comedy and it is funny because of the blackness of this couple who are plotting a murder.”