An Evening with Billy Pearce 2020
An Evening with Billy Pearce
Billy, who was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, first came to National prominence when he appeared in Central TV’s top talent show ‘New Faces’, winning his heat and qualifying for the final. His impact was immediate, and he was quickly snapped up for stage and TV appearances, culminating with his first series for BBC television, ‘You Gotta Be Joking’.
In 1993, Billy was honoured to be chosen to host The Children’s Royal Variety Performance screened by the BBC. His success in this prestigious show can be judged by the fact that he was invited to appear on the same show a year later, which he then followed with a laughter filled appearance on the Royal Variety Performance. In total, Billy has performed in Five children’s Royal Variety shows and Three Royal Variety shows. During the mid 1980’s and early 1990s, he appeared on TV shows such as Tonight at the London Palladium, Through the Keyhole, Blankety Blank, Talking Telephone Numbers, and You Bet.
There are few stages upon which Billy has not appeared. He’s broken Box Office records at a number of National Theatres including his Summer season at the Blackpool Grand Theatre, and his Christmas panto appearance at the Bradford Alhambra, where the Theatre took a bank busting £1.3 Million.
BRADFORD pantomime legend Billy Pearce has been honoured with a ‘Pride of Yorkshire’ award.
The much loved star of the stage was presented with the surprise accolade at Welcome to Yorkshire’s Y18 tourism conference. Held at the Alhambra Theatre, where Billy has been entertaining crowds for nearly two decades, there couldn’t have been a more fitting way to celebrate.
He said he was 'touched' by the gesture.
“I’m very proud, it’s going on the mantle shelf in my snug, right in the middle, and every time I walk past it my heart will skip a beat because I’m so very honoured,” he said.
“It’s so good to be flattered like that. I’m a proud Yorkshire man, so getting a Pride of Yorkshire Award is such a fantastic thing for me
Billy even trod the boards of Musical Theatre appearing alongside Jimmy Osmond in the smash hit musical ‘Boogie Nights’. He followed this by having a stint as narrator in the ‘Rocky Horror Show’.
A fine actor, Billy has also appeared on numerous shows, including ITV’s ‘Heartbeat’ and the award winning BBC drama ‘The Street’.
In October 2013 Billy was presented with the Arts and Entertainment Award at the Yorkshire Awards at a prestigious ceremony at The Hilton Hotel, Leeds. Previous recipients of the award include The Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Clare Teal, The Kaiser Chiefs, Chris Moyles, John Godber and Gaynor Faye.
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