Roy Walker, well known to TV viewers through the ITV game show, Catchphrase, has emerged as one of the driest comedians in Britain today.
His lugubrious style of humour his dead-pan expression and his approach to entertaining have paid handsome dividends. His casual line in patter has endeared him to audiences all over the country.
Following a short spell working as a partner to comedian James Young, Roy was summoned for national service and joined the army. He spent the next seven years in uniform yet still found time to entertain regularly. When he eventually left the service his sights were firmly set on a career in showbusiness.
It was make or break time for the Belfast comedian and at first the going was extremely tough as he tried to establish a name for himself in comedy. To supplement his income during the day, while he toured the clubs at night, Roy took any job he could find, and in rapid succession, he became a baker, a postman, milkman, Physical Training Instructor, a clerk, bingo caller…..and even washed dishes.
However, he was slowly building a reputation as a comedian, emerging as a very funny man in his own right and a firm favourite in clubland.
In 1977, Roy broke through to success and national prominence when he recorded the highest marks ever given to a comedian on television’s New Faces. It was the start of a television career that has blossomed ever since and has seem him starring on all the major TV variety shows. He also headlined such series as The Comedians and his own show, Licensed For Singing And Dancing.
Pantomimes, have also played a big part in his career and he has consolidated his success with Christmas seasons at the Southport Theatre.
Roy recently appeared in Channel 4’s hit TV series Phoenix Nights and presented a six part comedy series for BBC Radio, Northern Ireland.
He continues to headline concert, theatre and cabaret engagements throughout Britain and overseas.