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Steve Royle

Biography

Steve Royle
Steve Royle

Appearances & credits

Steve Royle

Biography

Comedian and juggler Steve Royle has been entertaining audiences for the last 30 years.

It was whilst studying history at University, that he broke the boredom of revision by juggling three oranges. This led to training in circus skills, and onto work as a juggler, welcoming visitors to the Granada Studios Tour, and as a court jester with his own juggling show at Camelot theme park. His huge popularity with guests to the park resulted in him taking part in over 2000 shows, over 12 years.

A finalist on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent 2020, Steve Royle is a fantastic comedian, actor, writer, juggler, and a Gillard award winning presenter on BBC Radio.

"a comedy masterclass” – The Stage

 

Steve hails from Chorley in the North West, and holds the world record for balancing a Christmas tree on his chin, and for balancing an ironing board on his foot. Despite being a highly skilled juggler, Steve never forgets the comedy, and has a highly honed arsenal of one liners and routines suitable for any audience.

In 2001 he was resident at The World Famous Blackpool Tower, and was nominated as Best Newcomer at the Leisure Parcs awards. The same year he appeared in two summer season shows with Mick Miller at The Winter Gardens and Bernie Clifton and The Bachelors at The North Pier.

In 2002 Steve performed at the World Cup Finals in Japan, where he entertained at various festivals, proving that he can even bridge the language barrier when it comes to entertaining!

Steve was also the first comic to act as warm-up for The Royal Variety Show in 2006, featuring Take That, Rod Stewart, Barry Manilow and Meatloaf. He was the resident warm up man for Sunday Night at The Palladium, and does regular Television warm-up for programmes such as ‘Question Of Sport’, ‘Stars In Their Eyes’, ‘The Rob Brydon Show’, ‘Mastermind’ and even survived over 150 episodes of ‘The Price is Right’ with Joe Pasquale.

He landed his role in the Bolton-based comedy Phoenix Nights after meeting Peter while working on the stand-up circuit. He's known by fans of the comedy as 'the bad juggler' who auditioned to perform at The Phoenix Club.

"A Brilliant Comedian” – Peter Kay

 

Other TV credits include ‘Max and Paddy’s Road To Nowhere’, ‘Peter Kay’s Britain’s Got The Pop Factor’, ‘Stand-up Britain’, ‘Give Your Mate A Break’, ‘The Afternoon Show’ and ‘Talk Of The North’. He was also featured on the Granada programme ‘Behind The Scenes’ and ‘That’s Entertainment’ with Cannon and Ball, and was voted Entertainer of the Year at the inaugural Red Rose Awards.

In 2015 he performed 16 nights at The Manchester Arena, to 200,000 people as part of the ‘Phoenix Nights Live’ show, alongside Peter Kay and Dave Spikey, helping raise well over £5 million for Comic Relief in the process.

During the last few years, Steve has supported Peter Kay, Dave Spikey, and numerous comedians on tour

" Fantastic...Should be a Star!” – Dave Spikey

 

The comedian sold out his first “Steve Royle Comedy Extravaganza” show at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre in March earlier this year.

Last year Steve completed his 17th consecutive pantomime at The Grand Theatre, Blackpool (and his 22nd Pantomime in total) and was made an honourary member of The Friends Of The Grand in 2016 for his services to the theatre.

Steve's first love, however, is Stand Up, and it is a job that has taken him all over the world, from Cruises in the Med, Norwegian Fjords and the Caribbean, to hotels and comedy clubs in Hong Kong, Dubai, Crete, Cyprus, Turkey and Japan.

Steve is a headline act at The Comedy Store in London and Manchester, as well as a regular on the UK’s huge comedy circuit.

Steve regularly performs at large and small private and corporate events throughout the year, and is a breath of fresh air on stage, always entertaining, providing huge laughs with his family friendly material.

Steve is also co-founder of massively successful ‘Slaughterhouse-Live’ character comedy nights, having taken the Edinburgh Festival Fringe by storm, with sell out shows and rave reviews. They won the "Best Comedy Show" award at The Brighton Fringe Festival and were runners-up in the "best touring show" category at the Manchester Comedy Awards and still appear regularly.

For years, the father-of-three has been encouraged by family and friends to audition for Britain's Got Talent, but didn't expect to get far. However in August 2020, Steve became the first act sent through to the final, impressing judges with his comedy juggling routines.

For 51-year-old Steve, this is the latest journey in a rich history in the world of entertainment.

Steve previously charmed the judges in the audition round, with his impressive juggling skills, using his mouth to juggle ping-pong balls before juggling three guitars.

His semi final performance was a huge change for Steve, who is used to feeding off an audiences live reaction – the show had to be pre-recorded this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, and social distancing, and saw Steve perform to a huge Zoom wall of viewers, as well as the shows judges.

"I nearly pushed my golden buzzer for you when I saw your audition because it's one of the funniest performances I've seen. I was totally wowed” – David Walliams

 

"It absolutely killed me. It was an incredible act, I really, really enjoyed it” – Ashley Banjo

 

"The act that reduced me to tears of joy and sadness and everything and had me in hysterics is you, Steve, I just love you.” – Alesha Dixon

 

"You are naturally funny, real end-of-the-pier Britain.” – Simon Cowell

 

The judges unanimously chose to send him through to the Grand Final. As Ant and Dec confirmed the news, Steve said it was "crazy and unbelievable" that he had made it through, although he left the entire panel in stitches.

Born entertainer Steve dived into his Britain’s Got Talent final performance, to finish as the 2020 runner-up. The Lancashire performer gave the judges and audiences an act of four-in-one with his customary juggling, jokes, dancing and even a spot of synchronised swimming.

Judges Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon were left roaring in their seats at Steve’s ‘big set’ and he must have certainly captured the imagination of the nation, to claim third place by public vote.

Broadcaster Steve goes on to take a starring role in ‘Pantomonium!’ at the Blackpool Grand, a Martin Dodd Production, written by award-winning scriptwriter Jon Monie.

Television & film:

  • Guest - Lorraine - ITV, 2020
  • Finalist - Britain's Got Talent - ITV, 2020
  • Jim - Car Share - BBC1, 2017
  • Tom - Magnolia - TV Movie, 2006
  • Santa - Christmas Lights - TV Movie, 2004
  • Munster - Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere - Channel 4, 2004
  • Crap Juggler - Phoenix Nights - Channel 4, 2001
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