Dave Spikey

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Dave Spikey
Birth name David Gordon Bramwell[1]
Born (1951-10-06) 6 October 1951 (age 62)
Farnworth, Lancashire, England[2]
Medium Actor, comedian, writer, producer, broadcaster
Years active 1990–present
Genres Stand-up
Spouse Kathleen Kenyon[3]
Notable works and roles That Peter Kay Thing (2000)
Phoenix Nights (2001–02)
Dead Man Weds (2005)
Website Official site

Dave Spikey (born David Gordon Bramwell on 6 October 1951)[2] is an English comedian, actor, writer and film producer, currently residing in Chorley, Lancashire.

Born in 1951 in Farnworth, Lancashire, Spikey spent his early career working as a biomedical scientist in the haematology laboratory at Bolton General Hospital. It was during this period in the 1980s that Spikey scripted and performed in a number of amateur pantomimes with a group of like-minded health workers called the Bolton Health Performers.[citation needed]

Biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

In 1992, Spikey was asked to form a double act with Rick Sykes, as purely a 'one-off' to support a popular musical duo called 'Intaglio'.[4] Dave and Rick were known as Spikey and Sykey. The double act's most notable success came on Central TV's New Faces show.

A turning point came one summer Sunday evening in 1993 when Spikey got a phone call to see if 'he could get to Blackpool in half an hour'. Cannon and Ball were appearing at the Opera House and they needed a compere immediately.[citation needed]

He was the last host of UK gameshow Chain Letters in 1997, following on from Jeremy Beadle, Andrew O'Connor, Allan Stewart, Ted Robbins and Vince Henderson. While working on the show, he once got trapped by the rotating Chain Letters revolving sign.[citation needed]

Success[edit]

Spikey won the Best Newcomer award at the British Comedy Awards, and then co-wrote and starred in Phoenix Nights, a hit comedy series on Channel Four in which he played Jerry St. Clair. Peter Kay has announced that a new series of Phoenix Nights is to be made, however it is unknown whether Spikey will return.[citation needed]

In 2003, Spikey released his first DVD, The Overnight Success Tour. Towards the end of 2004, he wrote the ITV comedy-drama Dead Man Weds, in which he also co-starred, in 2005, with Johnny Vegas. The series was shown on the more commercial ITV channel instead of Channel 4 and missed most of his usual audience. The style of the programme such as no laugh track and location filming rather than sets just didn't match the expected line-up of an ITV sitcom. Viewing figures were terrible and it was moved to a later time spot.

In 2005, Spikey became one of the regular team captains on the comedy panel game, 8 Out of 10 Cats, leaving before the 2007 series. That year also saw the release of his second live DVD, Living the Dream. He presented the darts gameshow Bullseye on Challenge for two series.

Spikey developed two new projects which were commissioned by the BBC, being Magnolia, a sitcom about painters and decorators, and Footballers Lives - a comedy about a pub football team, neither made it beyond pilots. He was also on the panel for talent show When Will I Be Famous?.

With these setbacks Spikey returned to stand-up and live shows again and has been regularly releasing DVDs of his shows. Whilst maintaining his profile with appearances on TV.

Because of his time at hospital, Spikey's chosen subject on Celebrity Mastermind in 2006 was Human Blood. He won this show.

His last appearance acting was in the 2009 film Charlie Noades RIP written by his Phoenix Nights co-writer Neil Fitzmaurice.

Other interests[edit]

Dave Spikey is patron of the non-profit radio station Chorley FM which is not the fictitious radio station made famous by That Peter Kay Thing and Phoenix Nights TV series. He also contributed the initial voice over for the Foxy Bingo[clarification needed] adverts, but was soon replaced.[citation needed] Spikey's first book, He Took My Kidney, Then Broke My Heart, was published in October 2009 by Michael O'Mara Books. His second book is Under the Microscope, published in 2010 by the same publishers.

He regularly plays 5 a-side football.

Spikey is supporter of the League Against Cruel Sports and appeared in a short film for the group in 2013. He has been quoted: "It is shocking to think anyone would want to turn the clock back to a time when chasing animals to exhaustion and encouraging them to be ripped apart by a pack of dogs for sport was legal."[5]

Stand-Up DVDs[edit]

Title Released Notes
Overnight Success Tour - Live 17 November 2003 Live at Leeds City Varieties
Living the Dream - Live 7 November 2005 Live at Oldham Coliseum
The Best Medicine Tour - Live 9 November 2009 Live at Mansfield Palace Theatre

References[edit]

  1. ^ Researcha
  2. ^ a b GRO Birth Index: Oct/Nov/Dec 1951, Bramwell, David G., Farnworth 10c 142.
  3. ^ 192.com – Search for David Bramwell in Chorley, Lancashire; other residents Kathleen M. Bramwell and Kathleen M. Kenyon
  4. ^ The Intaglio Project.
  5. ^ Owen, Jonathan (25 December 2013). "Eight out of ten want to keep fox hunting ban". The Independent. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 

External links[edit]


Preceded by
Jim Bowen
Host of Bullseye
2006
Succeeded by
Series ended
Preceded by
Vince Henderson
Host of Chain Letters
1997
Succeeded by
Series ended