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Ken Dodd

(1927-2018), Entertainer, comedian, singer and actor

Sir Kenneth Arthur ('Ken') Dodd

Sitter in 4 portraits
Comedian and entertainer. Throughout his sixty-year career in British comedy, Dodd appeared on radio, television and theatre, entertaining family audiences with Diddy Men, tickle-stick (feather duster) and the catchphrase 'How tickled I am'. He made his professional debut in 1954 at the Empire theatre, Nottingham as Professor Yaffle Chuckabutty, Operatic Tenor and Sausage Knotter. The long running BBC series The Ken Dodd Show established Dodd as one of the leading comedians of his day. In 1965 he held a successful forty-two week season at the London Palladium and gained a number one single in the pop charts with 'Tears'. He was knighted in 2017.

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Ken Dodd, by Barry Fantoni - NPG 6777

Ken Dodd

by Barry Fantoni
pencil and gouache, 1978
NPG 6777

Ken Dodd, by David Cobley - NPG 6702

Ken Dodd

by David Cobley
oil on canvas, 2004
NPG 6702

Ken Dodd, by Richard Sadler - NPG x126488

Ken Dodd

by Richard Sadler
bromide fibre print, 1960
NPG x126488

Ken Dodd, by Michael Ward - NPG x88954

Ken Dodd

by Michael Ward
bromide print, 1977
NPG x88954


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