Michael Barrymore
Is he still "awright"?



 BEFORE...
Born Michael Kieron Parker in Bermondsey, South London in 1952.
Michael left school at the age of 15 and soon began working as a Red Coat at Butlins holiday camps.
After working in various clubs and pubs, in 1975 he appeared on the TV talent show "New Faces" which helped him win a 6 month contract for a show in Londons West End. During this time Michael met his future wife Cheryl Cocklin who was working as a dancer and they married in 1976. Cheryl helped Michael's career as an entertainer take off and later became his manager.
After several stints as warm-up comedian for television shows, Michael made a number of small appearances on TV and in 1981 he got his big break with a regular spot in "Russ Abbott's Madhouse".
In 1983, he was then given his own show, "The Michael Barrymore Show", and also appeared in a number of "Royal Variety Performance" shows.
He then went on to present a number of TV game shows such as "Strike It Rich", "Strike It Lucky", "My Kind of Music" and "My Kind Of People" as well as compering the variety show "Barrymore".
In 1995, Michael announced he was gay and split from his wife Cheryl. They divorced in 1997.
He returned to the limelight in 2000 as he starred in the comedy drama "Bob Martin" about a troubled gameshow host.
In 2001, Michael's home in Essex was searched when Stuart Lubbock, a butchers supervisor from Essex, was found dead after drowning in his swimming pool after a party. Michael received a caution for possession and use of cannabis, but an inquest over a year later reached an open verdict on the death.

 AFTER...
The incident with Stuart Lubbock and subsequent coverage in the tabloid press damaged Michael's image and TV career as his contract with ITV was terminated.
In 2003, Michael staged a one-man show at London's Wyndham Theatre, but due to poor ticket sales this never took off and Michael emigrated to New Zealand.
In 2004, he filed for bankruptcy due to unpaid tax debts.
In 2005, Michael's ex-wife Cheryl was diagnosed with lung cancer and died soon after. She had asked that Michael was not to know about her illness and left instructions that he was not be invited to attend her funeral.
Michael is now trying to rebuild his career on stage in New Zealand and Australia, appearing as Billy Flynn in the musical "Chicago" in New Zealand. He has also been in panto as Aladdin.
In 2006 Michael was one of the contestants on "Celebrity Big Brother" where he came a respectable second place.
After leaving the Big Brother house, Michael was guest host on the Channel 4 show "The Friday Night Project" where Preston, a fellow Big Brother house-mate played with his band The Ordinary Boys.

 DO YOU REMEMBER...
His trademark catchphrase... "Awright?"
"What is a hotspot not?"

 DID YOU KNOW...
In 1999, Michael and his partner Shaun Davis went through a marriage ceremony and made plans to adopt children.
The TV show "My Kind Of People" which Michael presented attracted 13 million viewers at its peak.

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