Duggie Brown

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This article is about the English comedian. For the former footballer, see Duggie Brown (footballer).
Duggie Brown
Born Barry Dudley
(1940-08-07) 7 August 1940 (age 73)
Rotherham, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK
Years active 1969–present

Duggie Brown (born Barry Dudley 7 August 1940 in Rotherham, West Riding of Yorkshire) is an English comedian and actor. He is the brother of actress and singer Lynne Perrie.[1]

Stage Work[edit]

Brown started his career as a successful cabaret artist, performing his now legendary comedy act in clubs all over the UK.

He went onto have long success as one of the acts on Granada Television's popular series The Comedians (and his notable "who is it?" parrot and plumber sketch). He made regular appearances on the show from 1971-1993.[2]

In 1977 he appeared on BBC Radio as Mr. Fewster in an episode of Hinge and Bracket.

In 2012, The Comedians TV series celebrated 40 years with the release of a best-selling DVD The Original Comedians LIVE - 40th Anniversary Show, recorded live during a summer gig in 2011 held at the Blackpool Grand theatre. The DVD featured the new performances from Duggie, along with Stan Boardman, Roy Walker and Mick Miller.[3]

Brown performed his comedy on various other entertainment shows, including The Good Old Days, where he made appearances spanning 1971-1980.

Brown has acted on stage in a variety of productions. In 1999, he played "The Fool" in Shakespeare's "King Lear" for the Northern Broadsides Theatre Company nationwide tour. In 2013, he toured the country as Mr. Boo in Little Voice, the show received rave reviews.[4]

Television and film work[edit]

Since the early 1970s, Brown has had a successful acting career in television and film, one of his early roles being in the award-winning Ken Loach film Kes (1969), In which he played a milkman, his sister Lynne Perrie also starred as the lead character's mother.

In 1972, he appeared in Jack Rosenthal's BAFTA nominated drama Another Sunday and Sweet F.A,[5] which was part of Granada Television's Sunday Night Theatre series. He also appeared in the film For the Love of Ada, the big screen spin-off of the television series of the same name.

In 1974, he worked alongside his sister (Perrie) again, in Colin Welland's acclaimed factory drama Leeds United in the BBC Play For Today slot.[6]

In 1977, Ken Loach cast him in another Play For Today, the highly acclaimed The Price of Coal, based on the book by Barry Hines, who also wrote Kes.[7]

In 1979, Brown starred in the short-lived Granada Television comedy series Take My Wife. The same year he also presented the short-lived Saturday morning children's programme The Mersey Pirate.

In 1980, he had a regular role as laboratory technician Phil Strong in the popular detective series The Enigma Files.

From 1980-1982, he played in the 13 episode comedy series The Glamour Girls.[8]

In 1990, Brown had a role in the highly acclaimed BBC Drama series "The House of Cards", ranked 84th in the British Film Institute list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes in 2008.

In 1994, he briefly joined the cast of Channel 4's soap opera Brookside as Ray Piper.

In 1997, he played George Freeman in Coronation Street, and again in 2004, this time playing Honor Blackman’s husband Bernie.[9] The same year he appeared in the long-running ITV drama series Fat Friends, and the film Between Two Women.

In 2002, Brown appeared in 'A is for Acid' with Martin Clunes for ITV.

In 2006, Brown appeared as Mr. Cord in episode four of the first series of Hotel Babylon.[10]

Over the years, Brown has played one-off roles in many long-running television serials, including Crown Court, The Cuckoo Waltz, All Creatures Great and Small, The Bill, Minder, Last of the Summer Wine and Peak Practice.

Brown was also one of the original co-hosts of the game show 3-2-1, with Ted Rogers and Chris Emmett. From 1994-1996, he was one of the regular team captains on Barry Cryer's popular news game show Cryer's Crackers.

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