Brian Conley is an English comedian, television presenter, singer and actor. He is best known for hosting popular ITV shows like ‘The Brian Conley Show’ and ‘Let Me Entertain You’. Conley has had a successful career spanning over 30 years in the entertainment industry.
Brian Conley’s Early Life and Career Beginnings
Brian Conley was born on August 7, 1961 in Paddington, London, England. From a young age, he was interested in pursuing a career as an entertainer. He began performing as a butcher’s boy in the role of Alfie in a stage version of ‘Bless My Soul’ at the age of 10.
In 1979, Conley landed his first TV role in the soap opera ‘Minder’ on ITV. He continued to get small parts in television shows through the 1980s like ‘The Ghosts of Motley Hall’, ‘Rockliffe’s Babies’, ‘Alas Smith & Jones’, among others. His big break came in 1989 when he was cast as the lead role of the window cleaner Colin Crisp in the ITV sitcom ‘The Cuckoo Waltz’.
Rise to Fame on TV
After gaining popularity as Colin Crisp, Brian Conley began hosting variety show ‘The Brian Conley Show’ on ITV in 1992. With his energetic presenting style and pop music performances, the show became a hit and ran for 10 years until 2002. Some of his popular characters on the show included lounge singer Bobby Davis and northern club comic Gary.
Conley’s presenting skills led him to host various other shows on ITV like the game show ‘Let Me Entertain You’ (1998-2001), talent contest ‘Let’s Dance for Comic Relief’ (2009-2011) and sketch comedy ‘Time After Time’ (1993-1994). He also appeared on popular shows like ‘Celebrity Juice’, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!’
Theatre and Musical Performances
Alongside his TV career, Brian Conley has established himself as a musical theatre performer. He made his musical theatre debut as Leo Bloom in the stage production of ‘The Producers’ in 2004.
Some other notable stage performances include playing Edna Turnblad in ‘Hairspray’ (2008-2010), Bill Snibson in ‘Me and My Girl’ (1984-1985) and the lead role of Bert in stage musical ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ (2005-2008). Conley released two music albums – ‘Alive and Kicking’ (1992) and ‘Stage Door Johnnies’ (1995) – containing his versions of swing and rat pack songs.
His powerful vocals and experience in musical theatre also led him to appear in BBC One’s musical game show ‘Let It Shine’ as a judge in 2017.
Acting in TV and Films
In addition to presenting and musical theatre, Brian Conley has showcased his acting chops in various television shows and films. Some of his notable acting credits include:
- Sitcoms – ‘The Grimleys’ (ITV, 1999-2001), ‘My Wonderful Life’ (ITV, 1996-1997)
- Drama series – ‘The Bill’ (ITV, 2000), ‘Casualty’ (BBC, 2016)
- Films – ‘Riding High’ (1981), ‘The Penthouse’ (2010), ‘Cockneys vs Zombies’ (2012)
In 2011, Conley landed his first lead role in a TV drama in the six-part ITV miniseries ‘Mobile’. He played the role of recently promoted criminal investigations officer Johnny Daniels.
Brian Conley’s Net Worth
According to reports, Brian Conley has an estimated net worth of around £6 million as of 2023. His long and successful career as a comedian, presenter, singer and actor in television, films and theatre has contributed majorly to his millionaire status. The multi-talented star continues to take up both TV and stage roles regularly.
Brian Conley married his wife Anne-Marie Conley in 1996. They have two daughters together named Amy and Lucy Conley. He lives with his family in Elstree, Hertfordshire.
Outside of work, the comedian is associated with various charitable organisations and causes. He has been involved in fundraising for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Comic Relief, among others. An avid football fan, Conley also regularly plays and organises celebrity football matches for charity.
Brian Conley is one of the most popular entertainers in the UK with a career spanning over 30 years on television as a presenter, comedian and actor. His estimated net worth of £6 million underlines his successful career across various entertainment mediums. With his lively personality and versatility, Conley continues to take on new projects and roles well into his 60s.