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Ken Dodd

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

Sir Kenneth Arthur ('Ken') Dodd

Sitter in 4 portraits
An entertainer for the past fifty years, Ken Dodd is one of the last of a generation of classic stand-up comedians. His appearances on television, radio, record and stage have brought laughter to millions and endeared him to the British public. Dodd made his theatrical debut aged 23 at the Empire Theatre, Nottingham. Five years later he was the star of the long running BBC series The Ken Dodd Show, broadcast from a theatre stage, which established him as one of the leading comedians of his day. With Diddy Men, tickle-stick (feather duster) and the catchphrase 'How tickled I am', Dodd has entertained family audiences for over fifty years.

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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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