bELFAST-born Roy Walker has announced details of his forthcoming Northern Irish tour, including a date at the Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey.
Roy Walker is already well known to TV viewers through top ITV game show, Catchphrase, and has won a whole new fan base through his regular Carpark Catchphrase feature on Chris Moyles’ BBC Radio 1 breakfast show. He has become a huge cult hit and is regularly booked for universities around the country where he plays to sell-out audiences – often to 2,000 screaming students at a time.
He was team captain for the series of BBC Radio 4’s comedy quiz Act Your Age. His series for Challenge TV, titled Roy Walker’s TV Bloomers was transmitted in 2009 and for the same channel, his series Roy Walkers’s Game Show Moments was screened later that year. Roy also made a guest appearance on the Royal Variety Show 2009.
His debut at the Edinburgh Festival where he appeared for the entire season was a huge success and met with great critical acclaim. He also appeared at the Udderbelly Festival on the Southbank, London SE1 where he received a standing ovation from the audience.
He made his movie debut as The Monsignor in the film The Jealous God, based on the best-selling novel of the same name by John Braine. The Jealous God, starring Jason Merrells (Cutting It, Clocking Off) and Denise Welch (Coronation Street, Soldier, Soldier, Down to Earth) was released by North Country Pictures.
Belfast-born Roy’s career started at the age of fourteen as a soprano in the celebrated Francis Longford Choir. He was Northern Ireland Champion Hammer Thrower for two years and served seven years in the army before moving to England and becoming a professional comedian – touring in clubs and cabaret. In 1977 he came to national prominence through TV’s ‘New Faces’, receiving the highest marks ever given to a comedian. Many major television appearances followed and in 1986 he became host of the TV’s ‘Catchphrase’ screened on both ITV and Challenge TV. He was the subject of ‘This Is Your Life’ in 1998; appeared in the hit series ‘Phoenix Nights’ and became a popular member of Living TV’s “I’m Famous And Frightened” cult TV show. He also presented a six-part comedy series ‘The Way We Tell ‘Em’ for BBC Radio.
His tour will take in the Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey (Friday, September 14), Ardhowen, Enniskillen (Friday, September 21), Riverside, Coleraine (Saturday, September 22) and Grand Opera House, Belfast (Sunday, November 18).