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Who is Tim Healy and is he in Benidorm series 9? Les Conroy actor and Auf Wiedersehen Pet star – all you need to know

TIM Healy won the hearts of the nation playing happless drag queen Les (or Lesley) Conroy in Benidorm.

But before he became known for that role, he sprang to fame for his role in the popular series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – here’s everything you need to know about the much-loved star…

Tim Healy is a born and bred Geordie and famous English actor

Tim Healy is a born and bred Geordie and famous English actor

Who is Tim Healy and what was his early career?

Tim Healy was born on 29 January 1952 and is an English actor.

He is a born and bred Geordie and grew up in Newcastle.

In his early life, Tim was a welder in a factory, also serving part-time in the 4th Battalion the Parachute Regiment (Territorial Army).

In 1973 he applied and won a place at the Northern Arts School, after seeing an advert in a paper.

He was an early member of the Live Theatre Company on Tyneside, a touring company which put on drama productions in community halls and working men’s clubs.

Tim shot to fame in hit 80s show Auf Wiedersehen, Pet

Tim shot to fame in hit 80s show Auf Wiedersehen, Pet

How did Tim Healy become famous?

Tim shot to fame in the mid-80s for his leading role in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet playing Dennis Patterson.

The show was a TV comedy drama series about British builders working in Germany.

Later in the 80s he also played Barney Bodger, the blundering handyman in the Children’s ITV series Tickle on the Tum.

He has grown an army of fans playing the loveable Les/Lesley in Benidorm

He has grown an army of fans playing the loveable Les/Lesley in Benidorm

When did Tim Healy join the cast of Benidorm? Is he in Series 9?

Tim joined the cast of Benidorm in the third series and has been in it ever since.

He plays cross-dressing Les, who goes by the name of Lesley when in drag.

He is in the new series of Benidorm which started on Wednesday 1 March 2017, but he is only in it for half of the series, after being taken ill during filming last year.

The full extent of his mystery illness was revealed by one of the show’s writers – who said the actor “flat lined” and “died”, only being saved by emergency surgery.

Darren Litten told Cool FM Spain: “They operated on Tim and it didn’t go well at all.

“He died. He flat lined. They had to resuscitate him. He was in intensive care for a month.”

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What else does Tim Healy currently star in?

Tim is also a series regular on Still Open All Hours.

The hit BBC Comedy starring David Jason had a reboot in 2014.

Tim plays Gastric in the comedy show.

Tim also stars alongside David Jason in Still Open All Hours

Tim also stars alongside David Jason in Still Open All Hours

Was Tim Healy married to actress Denise Welch?

In 1988, Tim married Denise but they divorced in 2012.

The couple have two sons – their eldest, Matthew, is the frontman of alternative rock band The 1975.

In February 2015, Tim announced that he is to marry his partner Joan Anderton.

Tim was once married to actress Denise Welch

Tim was once married to actress Denise Welch

 

 



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