Countdown: how old is host Les Dennis – when is he on show?

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The former Family Fortunes host will be replaced by Countdown host Colin Murray this month

Les Dennis is a television personality whose career dates back to the 1970s.

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He has been involved in radio, television drama, game shows, film and theater and his latest venture is Channel 4’s Next Temporary Countdown Presenter.

The Scouse comic takes over from radio and TV presenter Colin Murray and joins Dictionary Corner’s Rachel Riley and Susie Dent.

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Les Dennis and wife Claire Nicholson

Who is Les Dennis?

Les Dennis is a 68-year-old Liverpool presenter and comedian best known for hosting the quiz show Family Fortunes from 1987 to 2002.

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His early television work included appearances on New Faces and The Russ Abbot Show before getting his own series The Laughter Show, starring alongside impressionist Dustin Gee.

In 19867 Dennis became the third host of the poll-based game show Family Fortunes and was at the job for 15 years.

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After Family Fortunes, Dennis made several television guest appearances – appearing in episodes of Holby City, Casualty, The Bill, Hotel Babylon and Extras.

In 2002, he took part in the second season of Celebrity Big Brother, finishing second to Take That’s Mark Owen.

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He has appeared on many celebrity based shows including House of Games, Pointless Celebrities, Celebrity MasterChef, Would I Lie to You? and Celebrity Juice.

From 2014 to 2016, Dennis Michael Rodwell starred on Coronation Street and appeared in 248 episodes.

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Rodwell was a petty burglar and was killed on the show after he had a heart attack and Pat Phelan, played by Connor McIntyre, left him to die.

After leaving Coronation Street, Dennis appeared in the dark comedy Sideshow and the TV movie HMS Pinafore, and had guest roles on the drama series Moving On and the sitcom Birds of a Feather.

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Will Less Dennis replace Colin Murray at Countdown?

Les Dennis has been chosen to replace Colin Murray, the current presenter of Countdown, for two weeks in August.

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Murray is a Northern Ireland presenter who was replaced by Anne Robinson in July this year after moving out of a pay dispute.

Murray was set to host Countdown until at least November 2022 but tested positive for Covid-19 during filming and had to step aside for two weeks.

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Dennis will therefore be Murray’s temporary replacement, hosting the show for ten episodes from August 4th to 15th.

After announcing that Dennis would step in, he said it was “such an honor” to have been selected.

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Did Les Dennis Marry Amanda Holden?

Dennis has been married three times – first to Lynne Webster from 1974 until their divorce in 1990. He has one son, Philip, with Webster.

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He married actress and presenter Amanda Holden in 1995 – Holden starred in EastEnders in 1993 but is best known as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent

The couple split in 2000 when Holden was having an affair with Men Behaving Badly actor Neil Morrissey. They briefly rekindled their relationship, but announced a permanent separation in 2002 and divorced the following year.

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Dennis married his third wife, lifestyle guru Claire Nicholson, in 2009 – the couple are still together and have two children together – a daughter, Eleanor, and a son, Thomas.

When is the countdown on TV?

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The first episode of Countdown, hosted by Les Dennis, will air on Channel 4 on August 4th at 2.10pm. The episodes are broadcast at the same time on weekdays.

Previous episodes of the show can be viewed on All 4.

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