Queen Dame of
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.
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.
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