Steve Furst

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Steve Furst
Steven Jonathan Furst

(1967-09-03) 3 September 1967 (age 56)
Occupation(s)Comedian, actor, writer
Years active1990–present
Rebecca Evans
(m. 2017)

Steven Jonathan Furst (born 3 September 1967) is a British comedian, actor and writer.[1] He appeared in the Orange mobile phone cinema adverts in the UK (with Brennan Brown), playing the role of Eliot, a spoof studio executive, and has appeared regularly in the BBC comedy television programme Little Britain as well as cabaret character Lenny Beige.

Comedy career[edit]

He first worked in comedy writing for Chris Evans's Power Up show on BSB's Power Station music channel in 1990. He then set up Britain's first comedy magazine called The Heckler. In 1992, he worked as a stand-up comedian and promoter, founding comedy nights such as The Double Six Club, The Youth Club, and The Regency Rooms.

Lenny Beige[edit]

Furst also works under the name Lenny Beige,[2] promoted comedy nights (started on the Regency Rooms) and fought the 1997 general election in Putney under that name, and had 2 series on BBC Choice with guests including Terry Wogan, Davina McCall, Claudia Winkleman, Chas & Dave, Tony Hadley and many more.

Furst often performed (as Lenny Beige) at the Regency Rooms in London's West End which ran for a total of 10 seasons. Guy Chambers was Lenny's musical director when he also became co-writer and producer of Robbie Williams who himself made many appearances at the club. Beige also regularly appeared at Club Montepulciano; the band Hooverphonic sing about this in their song of the same name (Lenny Beige is performing spinning wheel/Club Montepulciano is what you need). After the Regency Rooms was closed in 2000, Lenny was retired. In 2006 he returned to host a series of cabaret nights at The Pigalle Club in Picadilly. His tribute show to Anthony Newley was premiered at The Pigalle Club and received 5 star reviews.

In 2012, Lenny was asked to host a residency at Mayfair's Playboy Casino which he did for over 12 months. Lenny Beige Sings Neil Diamond is Lenny's newest show which first premiered at Cafe Zédel.

Other work[edit]

Since 2012, Furst has also held a role on the judging panel for the Norwich Film Festival.[3] He has hosted a regular show on Soho Radio as himself, Lenny Beige and also The Mayor of Kentish Town.


Furst made his professional television debut as a stand up in LWT's After Midnight. He has appeared on The Johnny Vaughan Tonight show on BBC Choice and BBC One, The Late Edition with Marcus Brigstocke and as the host on the British Hit Singles & Albums No.1 Music Quiz DVD. He has also appeared 3 series of CBBC sitcom called The Legend of Dick and Dom in which he starred alongside Dominic Wood, Richard McCourt and Chloe Bale. He is in 'Combat Kids', another CBBC show and The Dumping Ground. In 2018 he starred in the new CITV show Spy Kids as the villain Goldfist.

Furst starred in the Catterick series with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer as an assistant Police Officer called Sergeant Mingemungington. He has appeared in nearly 30 commercials in the cinema for Orange as the sidekick of the main male character played by Brennan Brown. He has also appeared in numerous other programmes; Bodies, Born and Bred, all three series of Little Britain, The Bill, Dick and Dom's Funny Business, Father Brown, Doc Martin and Tracey Breaks the News. He appears as DI Gary Cunningham in ITV's three part drama Manhunt.

He appeared occasionally as a contributor to The Wright Stuff on Five.

In 2018 he took a starring role as Popsy Wilson Jr in the 20th Century Fox movie Walk Like A Panther.


In 2003, Furst appeared as Juror No.1 in 12 Angry Men at the Assembly Rooms at the Edinburgh Fringe.[citation needed]

In 2009/10, Furst starred alongside Michael Brandon in Oliver Cotton's play Wet Weather Cover at the King's Head Theatre before transferring to London's West End. He played Hymie in the 2011 production of Chicken Soup With Barley by Arnold Wesker at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by artistic director Dominic Cook. On 27 March 2012, it was announced Furst would play the role of Mr Wormwood in Matilda the Musical, which had been playing the Cambridge Theatre in London's West End since October 2011.[4] He replaced Paul Kaye beginning performances 17 April 2012.[citation needed]

Furst was scheduled to be part of the world premiere cast of Made in Dagenham from October 2014, at the Adelphi Theatre in the West End.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In 2017, Furst married Rebecca Evans in Joshua Tree National Park in California.[citation needed]

On 14 October 2019, Furst was conferred an Honorary Fellowship of the University of Winchester.[6]


  • Radio Comedy 1938–68: A Guide to 30 Years of Wonderful Wireless, Virgin Books, 1996


  1. ^ Steve Furst at IMDb
  2. ^ "BBC – Lenny Beige". Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  3. ^ "Patrons & Judges | Norwich Film Festival". Archived from the original on 16 May 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Matilda Cast Changes". Matilda the Musical. 27 March 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Complete Casting Announced for New West End Musical Made in Dagenham, Based on Film". Playbill. 1 August 2014. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Student achievements celebrated and public figures honoured at University of Winchester Graduation 2019". Retrieved 1 November 2021.

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