Roy Walker, well known to TV viewers through top ITV game show, Catchphrase, is regarded as one of the UK’s best comedians. His lugubrious style of humour his dead-pan expression and his approach to entertaining, has paid handsome dividends. His casual line in patter has endeared him to audiences all over the country.
Roy Walker was born in Belfast and first became involved in entertainment at school where he sang in the choir and acted in the end-of-term plays. He also sang in the local church choir. It was as a boy soprano, at the age of fourteen, that he started out on the first steps to a career in show business. After auditioning at the Belfast Opera House, Roy was invited to join the celebrated Francis Longford Choir, and for the next twelve months toured extensively, undertaking concert and theatre engagements all over the British Isles – including appearances at the London Palladium and on television.
In 1977, Roy Walker broke through to success and national prominence when he recorded the highest marks ever given to a comedian on television’s New Faces. It was the start of a television career that has blossomed ever since, and has seen him starring on all the major TV variety shows including Live From Her Majesty’s, Blankety Blank, Des O’Connor Tonight, Bob Monkhouse Show, Paul Daniels Show, The Laughter Show, Live From The Palladium, A Night Of A Hundred Stars, Laugh Attack, and The Russ Abbot Show, besides headlining such series as The Comedians and his own show, Licensed For Singing & Dancing.
It was at the beginning of 1987 that he hosted his first series of Catchphrase which went on to become a very popular and high-rating addition to the ITV Network scheduling each year. Roy is a hugely popular figure on the after dinner circuit with his comedic value having guests in stitches and his anecdotes from his time working with some of the entertainment industries biggest names enthralling all those listening in.