Simon Benjamin Brodkin is an English comedian, performing both on the stand-up circuit and in comedy television series. He is best known for playing a cheerful chav character called Lee Nelson, but also performs as other comedy characters. Performing solo stand-up since 2004, he has also written for and appeared on the television shows Al Murray’s Multiple Personality Disorder in 2009, Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show in 2010 and Lee Nelson’s Well Funny People in 2013.
In 2016 Brodkin, in character as Lee Nelson, renamed Philip Green’s £100m super yacht Lionheart to BHS Destroyer, in reference to the recent collapse of the BHS department stores of which Green was previously the owner. Whilst the boat was moored in Monaco, Brodkin and a small crew hired a small dinghy and, unnoticed by the yacht’s crew, sailed out to it. Unfurling a banner reading BHS Destroyer, he attached it over the yacht’s actual name. Brodkin later posted on Twitter: “Good of Sir Philip Green to rename his £100 million yacht to something more appropriate. I was glad to help”.
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