Les Dawson(1934-1993), Comedian
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A popular Lancashire comedian, Dawson began his career in working men's clubs. His big break, bringing national fame, came with his appearance on the talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1967. He soon became a regular television performer, hosting his own shows and presenting the quiz show Blankety Blank (1984-9). Dawson was famous for his deadpan style, his mother-in-law jokes, his creation of the characters Cissie and Ada (with Roy Barraclough) and his deliberately bad piano-playing.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below