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About Des O'Connor

Des O'Connor is today established as one of the world's most popular and best loved   entertainers.  Since landing his first television series in  the UK in 1963 he has starred in his own mainstream television show every year since then - longer than anyone anywhere in the world.

He was born in the East End of London and during the war was evacuated to Northampton.  After National Service in the RAF he entered showbusiness.  His first theatre appearances were in variety all over the country before his break in television.

He is one of only a handful of British entertainers to be acclaimed internationally on stage and television: when he was given an American series of his show it went out to over 40 countries and was seen by 200 million people world-wide.  On stage he has starred at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, the Sydney Opera House, The O'Keefe Centre, Toronto and made over 1000 solo appearances at the London Palladium.

Since 1967 he has been a hugely successful recording star.  He had his first hit single with Careless Hands, followed by I Pretend which went to No 1.  Since then his recording career has produced 35 albums with sales of over 16 million and he has spent 117 weeks in the top ten charts.  His current album, is the big selling, A Tribute To The Crooners.

In 2001 he received the Special Recognition Award at the National TV Awards and his top-selling autobiography, Bananas Can't Fly (Headline Publishing) was published the same year.

Recent TV includes Des O'Connor Tonight specials; an ITV celebration special to mark Des' 40th year in prime time television; Des O'Connor Comedy Tonight and a series of prime-time Des O'Connor With one-to-one specials.  His award-winning ITV1 daily celebrity talk show Today With Des & Mel with co-host Melanie Sykes proved such a hit with viewers that the show more than doubled its audience.

In January 2007 Des took over the helm of the hugely popular words and numbers, daily quiz Countdown for Channel 4 Television, for a period of two years

He has recently recorded a new album, Inspired and, on the other side of the camera, Des runs his own tv production company, Visionworld.