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Queen Dame of
the Palladium

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Harold Owen "Gary" Wilmot was born 8 May 1954 - An English singer, actor, and comedian who rose to fame initially as a contestant on New Faces where he appeared alongside Judy McPhee. 

 Numerous television appearances followed on TV shows including  Copy Cats, Knees Ups, Cue Gary!, and The Keith Harris Show. One of his most notable television roles was with the BBC children's quiz show So You Want To Be Top, which he co-presented with Leni Harper.

In 1994, Wilmot hosted Showstoppers, a programme which featured himself performing songs from musicals alongside special guests. Originally commissioned as a one-off series in which celebrities were given ten days to learn and perform a song, Wilmot was asked to record a further series of six spectaculars due to popular demand. He also starred in and directed a tour of Showstoppers which proved so popular that its original sixty dates were increased to one hundred and sixty.

In 1989, Wilmot made a move into musical theatre debuting in the West End production of Me and My Girl, playing the role of Bill Snibson at the Adelphi Theatre. He played the role to critical acclaim for two years, with Jack Tinker describing him as a "Musical Talent of the Highest Order". Wilmot was subsequently nominated in the "Best Actor" category at the Olivier Awards, and theatre tour of a new comedy, Teething Troubles followed. He was also cast as Joe in Carmen Jones at the Old Vic before starring in the world premier of the Barry Manilow musical Copacabana at London's Prince of Wales Theatre.

In 2001 Wilmot joined The New Shakespeare Company to play Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, and the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance. The national tour of Giles Havergal's adaptation of the Graham Greene novel Travels with My Aunt followed. In 2003, he was Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, taking over from Michael Ball, and returning in 2006 and 2007, albeit outside the West End. Wilmot also played Billy Flynn in the national touring company of Chicago.

Other stage productions he has appeared in include H.M.S. Pinafore, Santa Claus the Musical, Oliver!,Half a SixpenceThe Wizard of OzThe Goodbye GirlOne for the RoadConfusions.

In June 2018 Gary was awarded an MBE as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours and his TV appearances for the included Pointless Celebrity Special and a documentary called The London Palladium - The Greatest Stage on Earth.

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1986 Snow White - Lewisham Theatre

1987 No panto

1988 Aladdin - Bristol Hippodrome

1989 No panto

1990 No panto

1991 No panto

1992 No panto

1993 Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood - Derngate Theatre

1994 Aladdin - Birmingham Hippodrome

1995 Cinderella - Birmingham Hippodrome

1996 Cinderella - New Victoria Woking

1997 Cinderella - Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe

1998 Aladdin - Bristol Hippodrome

1999 Dick Whittington - Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe

2000 Aladdin - Theatre Royal Plymouth

2001 Aladdin - New Victoria Woking

2002 Dick Whittington - Milton Keynes Theatre

2003 Dick Whittington - Theatre Royal Plymouth

2004 Dick Whittington - Wolverhampton Grand

2005 Santa Claus The Musical - Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

2006 Peter Pan - Derby Assembly Rooms

2007 The Wizard of Oz - Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

2008 Peter Pan - Manchester Opera House

2009 No panto

2010 No panto

2011 Cinderella - Richmond Theatre

2012 No panto

2013 Snow White - Birmingham Hippodrome (Debut as a panto dame!)

2014 Jack and the Beanstalk - Birmingham Hippodrome

2015 Aladdin - Milton Keynes Theatre

2016 No panto

2017 Dick Whittington - London Palladium

2018 Snow White - London Palladium

2019 Goldilocks and the Three Bears - London Palladium
2020 Pantoland at the Palladium - London Palladium

2021 Pantoland at the Palladium - London Palladium

2022 Jack and the Beanstalk - London Palladium

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