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Inside Les Dennis’s Rollercoaster Life: From Reality TV Breakdown To Marital Affair

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Les Dennis was a veteran entertainer. He tried so hard to get everything in the showbiz world. Absolutely, there are few that can compete Les Dennis's, a Strictly star, colorful career in front of camera, on stage and personally, too.

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How Les Dennis Came From

Les Dennis came from a comedy act on the stages of northern working men's clubs. The 69=year-old man, Les Dennis, shot to fame in 1974 after winning ITV talent show New Faces. Not only that, in the same year he married his first wife, Lynne Webster. From that marriage he has a son named Philip.

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Boost His Career

In the 1980s, Les Dennis's career really took off after he impressed many people on The Russ Abbot Show, with Dustin Gee. Les Dennis and Dustin Gee's chemistry made them get their own programme, The Laughter Show. Unfortunately, Dustin Gee died in 1986, at the age of 43, from a heart attack. So, Les Dennis continued the show on his own.

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A year after that, Les Dennis was offered the opportunity to be host of the popular game show, Family Fortunes. Surely, Les Dennis made it his own and remained on the programme for 15 years. Amid his hosting in 1997, Les Dennis was surprised by Michael Aspel who appreciated his career up until that point in an episode of This Is Your Life.

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Marital Affair

In 1995, five years after divorcing with his wife, Lynne Webster, Les Dennis married an up-and-coming actress, Amanda Holden, who was 17 years ages below him. That marriage just survived for a couple years because of an issue rocked by a cheating scandal between Amanda Holden and Neil Morrissey, Men Behaving Badly star, who had been having an affair in 2000. Finally, Les Dennis and Amanda Holden divorced in 2003.

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Reality TV Breakdown

After his marriage ended, Les Dennis starred in Celebrity Big Brother, something he later regretted and mentioned as ‘not the wisest move’. It caused by he was emotionally vulnerable during the show and referenced his marriage woes several times in conversations with his housemates, which sparked concern from viewers.

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According to The Sunday Times, he said that Amanda was very kind and maybe with time she has been able to look back and see things differently. He added that they were not in touch but he was happy that she was happy. All the hurt that has happened has been healed.

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Quickly Awakened

Not long after that, Les Dennis was moved on when he met Claire Nicholson, her third wife, and with whom he has two children. His career also had a huge enhancement, after he starred a cameo role in Ricky Gervais's Extras.In the next year, he hosted BBC One's The Sound of Musicals and got roles in star-studded pantomimes. In 2014, he also starred in Coronation Street as petty burglar, Michael Rodwell.

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Being A Part of Strictly Come Dancing

Recently, Les Dennis had the opportunity to join the Strictly Come Dancing. He was revealed as the final star signing of this year's line-up on Good Morning Britain. He was totally disagreed when the host, Ben Shephard, suggested Strictly will be a walk in the park for him because of his stage experience. He said that he was not trained at all and certainly did not know about the Cha Cha Cha.

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After Les Dennis recently opened up about being estranged from Amanda Holden and said his pain has healed and his career successfully awakened, he got the Strictly up-line list. Amid the reality TV breakdown and his marital affair, Les Dennis proved that he can rise from adversity in the past.

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