Ted Robbins

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Ted Robbins
Ted Robbins (2451899707).jpg
Robbins in April 2008, at the unveiling of
Fred Dibnah's statue.
Edward Michael Robbins

(1955-08-11) 11 August 1955 (age 64)
Alma materLiverpool University
OccupationActor, comedian,
broadcaster, radio DJ,
radio personality,
voice-over artist,
television personality
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Judy Robbins
ChildrenJack Robbins
Molly Robbins
RelativesPaul McCartney (second cousin)
Kate Robbins (Sister)
Amy Robbins (Sister)
Emily Atack (Niece)

Edward Michael Robbins (born 11 August 1955) is an English actor, television presenter and radio broadcaster and presents a Sunday morning show on BBC Radio Lancashire.[1] He has performed as a warm-up artist for numerous pre-recorded comedy shows that have been filmed before live studio audiences including Granada Television's Wood and Walters and Birds of a Feather, provided the voiceover in Catchphrase from 1994 to 1996 and returned in Roy Walker's penultimate series in 1998 and 1999, and the BBC's Little Britain.[2] He also starred in Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights (2001–02) for both series as Den Perry, the main "villain", and also the Governor in The Slammer. His most recent roles were in Benidorm in 2012 as Victor St. James. Also, Hank Zipzer in episode 8 playing Bob and Diddy TV playing Larry Bingbongberger.

He guest starred as Barry Quid in Series 10 of Birds of a Feather and also in the comedy series The League of Gentlemen as Tony Cluedo, singer of Crème Brulee.

On 31 January 2015, Robbins suffered a heart attack and collapsed on stage, clutching his chest, during his solo sketch at the opening night of the Phoenix Nights Live tour at the Manchester Arena.[3] His health has improved since then and he has lost two stone.[4]

Robbins currently hosts the Friday afternoon show on BBC Radio Manchester.

Personal life[edit]

Robbins is an enthusiastic supporter of Rossendale RUFC, sometimes as a player but mainly to watch his son, Jack, who plays prop.[5]

Robbins is also the President of Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary in Edenfield, Lancashire.[6] Robbins is the brother of actresses Kate and Amy Robbins and a second cousin of Paul McCartney.

Robbins has performed in panto at the Charter Theatre, Preston and in 2014 he performed Cinderella at the Stockport Plaza,[7] returning to play Widow Twanky in Aladdin in 2017.[8] He also performed in Cinderella at the Liverpool Empire in 2008.[9]



Year Title Role
2003 Calendar Girls Fat Bike Man[10]


Year Title Role
1987 Kate and Ted's Show Various Characters
1988 The Kate Robbins Show Various Characters
1995 Chain Letters Presenter
2001–2002 Phoenix Nights Den Perry
2006 Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Talent Scout
2006–2015 The Slammer The Governor
2008 ChuckleVision Beetle Fan
2011–2017 Mount Pleasant Terry
2012 Benidorm Victor St. James
2012 Bad Education Paul
2012–2014 Diddy Movies Larry Weinsteinberger
2014 Hank Zipzer Bob Bing
2015–2016 Coronation Street Brendan Finch
2015 All at Sea Santa Claus
2016–present Diddy TV Larry Bingbongberger/Various
2018 Ackley Bridge Ray Carter


  1. ^ "BBC Lancashire programme schedule". (for 15 April 2011). BBC Radio Lancashire. Archived from the original on 15 April 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help) – the formatting of the archived page is slightly awry, but it provides schedule snapshot as a clear reference.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 March 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Stuart, A. "Ted Robbins collapses on stage at Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights opening", Manchester Evening News, Manchester, 31 January 2015, Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  4. ^ https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/coronation-street-ted-robbins-spotted-6257847
  5. ^ "Presenter profile: Ted Robbins". BBC Radio Lancashire. 30 June 2009. Archived from the original on 15 April 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary - El Presidente
  7. ^ Brennan, Stuart. "Review: Cinderella @ Stockport Plaza". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  8. ^ http://stockportplaza.co.uk/news/aladdin-stars-announced-ted-robbins-and-brian-capron-to-take-to-the-plaza-stage-this-festive-season/
  9. ^ "Cinderella Panto, Liverpool Empire 2008 - 12 Days Of Christmas Song". Simmons Zo. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  10. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0337909/?ref_=nmbio_mbio

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Preceded by
Allan Stewart
Host of Chain Letters
Succeeded by
Vince Henderson