Please note that Russ Abbott is performing in Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Bristol until the 4th February.
Russ Abbot is today acknowledged as one of the most popular entertainers in Britain. His success goes across both TV and theatre. He has just finished filming the role of 'Chief Inspector Arthur Primer' in Agatha Christie's Sleeping Murder for ITV1 and recently played the role of 'Septimus Podgers' in the national tour of Oscar Wilde's 'Lord Arthur Savile's Crime'.
Last summer he opened to rave reviews in the role of 'Bottom' in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park. During the same season he also received excellent reviews as 'Sir Pellinore' in 'Camelot'. Recently in the West End he played Grandpa Potts in the hit musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang immediately following a hit season as Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair Lady.
Other hugely successful West End runs include Neil Simon's Little Me; Willy Russell's One for the Road and Cameron Macintosh's production of Oliver in which he played 'Fagin' at the London Palladium, on tour and at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto. He starred in the title role of Dr Doolittle on tour; Russ Abbot's Palladium Madhouse at the London Palladium and the European premiere of Goosebumps Live On Stage at the Opera House, Blackpool. He appeared to great acclaim in the West End run of Ray Cooney's Caught In The Net with Eric Sykes and completed a national tour of the production.
He has had massive TV success with his own hugely popular series ? Russ Abbot's Madhouse (LWT, six series); The Russ Abbot Show (BBC, six series); The Russ Abbot Show (Granada TV, two series) as well as three series of September Song for Granada TV in which he starred with Michael Williams, Married For Life for Carlton TV and countless specials and other appearances. He was the voice of the narrator in the high rating children's TV show Dream Street for ITV and he also regularly guested on BBC1 TV's popular series TV To Go. Russ' shows have been screened on prime-time TV throughout the United States and Australia.
His awards include the Advertising Industry's Golden Break Award for Best Actor in a TV Commercial, Top Variety Act in the British Comedy Awards; Comedian of the Decade; Funniest Man On Television in Europe and for five years running was voted by TV viewers Funniest Man on Television in Britain.
Radio shows include five series of the Russ Abbot Show for BBC Radio 2.
As well as a gold album, his record releases include 3 hit singles, including the hugely successful Atomosphere which got to No 7 in the pop charts, A Day in the Life of Vince Prince and another Top 20 hit, All Night Holiday.
Russ has been the subject of This Is Your Life (BBC) and Star Lives (ITV).back