Colin Sell playing piano for the
I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Christmas Special 2007 at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue
December 1, 1948
Colin Sell (born 1 December 1948) is a [1 ] British pianist who has appeared on the radio panel games and Whose Line Is It Anyway? . He has become famous mostly for his long service on the latter show, where he is frequently the butt of the host's jokes. He is the Head of Music at I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue East 15 Acting School, Essex . Until 1998 he was Head of Music at Rose Bruford College, Sidcup, and was instrumental in the creation of the BA (Hons) Actor-Musician course there. He occasionally provides live musical accompaniment for The Comedy Store Players, a comedy improvisation group based in The Comedy Store, London.
Sell was born in
Purley, Surrey, and grew up in Croydon. He hasn't got a degree in music. He instead received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Latin American Studies from the University of Bristol in 1971. He wrote music for the University's revues in the early 1970s, leading to performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where Simon Brett saw Sell perform and offered him the pianist position on Clue. He also appeared with the [1 ] Yvonne Arnaud Theatre TIE company in the early 1970s, which also included two other well-known names, Elizabeth Estensen and Clive Hornby, both long-standing members of the Emmerdale cast.
Sell appeared in an episode of
as a pianist and composed the score for the 1984 Foyle's War BBC Television Shakespeare production of Shakespeare's . The Life and Death of King John
Sell has also accompanied
Barry Cryer and Willie Rushton in their stage show 'Two Old Farts in the Night'. After the interval he played (and sang) a solo: 'We are the boys in the band'. More recently he has appeared with Barry Cryer in Richmond, Yorkshire, as part of the 2013 Swaledale Festival, where he delighted the audience with his seemingly effortless playing of jazz and blues and the amusing songs he had composed himself.
Colin has a son, Rob Sell, who is a
saxophonist and flautist with various London area bands. [2 ] [3 ]
References [ edit ]
^ a b Roberts, Jem. The Clue Bible: The Fully Authorised History of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue from Footlights to Mornington Crescent. Preface, 2009.
^ "Quarta Sax - About Us".
^ "l'8 quintet >> Rob Sell".
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