Johnny Vegas is a British actor and hilarious comedian, best known for his roles in the critically acclaimed sitcom Benidorm, BBC sitcom Open All Hours and the PG Tips tea advert.
Johnny began his career in the comedy industry, becoming a member of Cluub Zarathustra. This was a fringe comedy cabaret which gave Johnny a love for performing, whilst also giving him exposure in the entertainment industry. Johnny’s illustrious television career began in 1996, as he made his debut on the programme Win, Lose Or Draw as a contestant. This first appearance sparked public interest in Johnny, and lead to a number of other appearances for the budding entertainer.
Johnny was part of The Big Breakfast show in 2002, and some of his appearances were featured in the 100 Greatest Stand-Ups from Channel 4 and Almost Famous 2 from Channel 3. These two programmes broadcasted Johnny’s talent as a comedian, garnering further public attention. Quickly establishing a reputation as a hilarious comedian, Johnny gained an even greater following as a regular on the show Shooting Stars. In 2002 Johnny had the opportunity to branch into radio, co-writing a sitcom for BBC Radio 4 called Night Class which went on to become a runner up at the Sony Radio Academy Awards for best comedy.
Johnny was called upon for further comedy acting after his sitcom, appearing as Moz in the BBC Three show Ideal. The roles continued to flood Johnny’s way, landing his big break on the critically acclaimed sitcom Benidorm, where he played Geoff ‘The Oracle’ Maltby. This was one of Johnny’s biggest roles and brought him firmly into the limelight of British television, confirming him as a favourite in the eyes of the general public. In 2012 the television adaptation of the David Walliams novel Mr Stink hosted Johnny’s comedic talent, where he played the character Mr Croombe. He later voiced Fat Baz in ITV4’s Warren United and participated in the documentary Secrets From The Clink.
Johnny’s next big role came along in 2013 after he was called upon to feature in the BBC sitcom Open All Hours playing the character Wet Eric Agnew. He was also the voiceover for Travel Guides and played the main role in a comedy pilot called Home From Home. His comedic talent also places him as a regular contestant on QI along with numerous appearances on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
Johnny has also worked on a number of other projects alongside his acting. He has had a collection of his pottery displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and has also been commissioned to design a bottle for the aftershave Old Spice. Johnny is also well known for featuring in the PG Tips tea adverts for many years.
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