Tommy Cannon

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Tommy Cannon
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Tommy Cannon in August 2013
Birth name Thomas Derbyshire
Born (1938-06-27) 27 June 1938 (age 75)
Oldham, Lancashire, England, UK

Thomas Derbyshire known as Tommy Cannon (born 27 June 1938) is a comedian and the feed member of comedy double act Cannon and Ball, along with Bobby Ball. He most well known for the show The Cannon and Ball Show.

Cannon was chairman of Rochdale F.C. until 1988.

Cannon and Ball[edit]

Tommy was one half of comedy duo Cannon and Ball alongside his friend and former colleague Bobby Ball (real name Robert Harper). The duo's primetime Saturday night television series The Cannon and Ball Show, was one of LWT's most successful series, with consistently high viewing ratings that lasted for twelve years. They starred in the film The Boys in Blue together in 1982 and guest starred in the Eric Sykes slapstick film, Mr H is Late in 1988. Other notable guest appearances were The Kenny Everett Show in 1982 and Shooting Stars in 1996.


In late 2005, Cannon and Ball appeared in the fifth series of reality show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.

In 2012, Cannon and Ball appeared in the third celebrity series of Coach Trip.

Cannon, alongside Bobby Ball stars in the Safestyle UK television advertisements.

Personal life[edit]

Cannon's first marriage was to Margaret; they had two daughters, Jeanette and Julie, and divorced.[1] He lives near York with his second wife Hazel,[2] by whom he has three children: Kelly-Anne (born 1991),[3] Zoe Louise (born 1993) and Luke Thomas[4] (born 1996)[5]

Cannon and Ball are devout Christians and have published a book called Christianity for Beginners.[6] Ball became a born-again Christian in 1986 and Tommy Cannon in 1992, their conversion having a lot to do with the re-kindling of their broken friendship. They now regularly feature in their own gospel and "an audience with..." show in churches around the country.


  1. ^ Cannon and Ball bounce back
  2. ^ How we met: Tommy Cannon & Bobby Ball
  3. ^ Sunday magazine, November 1992
  4. ^ Cannon & Ball profile
  5. ^ Births England and Wales 1984-2006
  6. ^ Christianity for Beginners

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