BILL Bailey is one of the most renowned comedians on the comedy circuit.
In 2020 he became the oldest winner of Strictly Come Dancing at the age of 55.
Who is Bill Bailey?
Bill Bailey was born on January 13, 1965 – making him 58 years old – and is from Bath, Somerset.
His birth name is actually Mark, but his nickname comes from a music teacher at school after he played jazz song “Won’t You Come Home Bill Bailey” on the guitar.
He is a classically trained musician and performed with boy band The Famous Five.
His comedy career began in the 1980s when he formed double act The Rubber Bishops with Toby Longworth.
Bill’s comedy style is a blend of musical parodies and variations on classic jokes.
What is Bill Bailey known for?
Bill had his own sketch show comedy series Is It Bill Bailey? which aired on BBC Two in 1998.
He also starred in Dylan Moran’s sitcom Black Books, as an assistant to a frosty bookshop owner.
In Channel 4 teen drama Skins he appeared as Maxxie’s dad in series two.
Since 2003 he has frequently appeared on the intellectual panel show QI alongside hosts Stephen Fry and Sandi Toksvig.
He was also a team captain on Never Mind The Buzzcocks and has made several guest appearances on Have I Got News For You and Room 101.
Bill also starred in the comedy In The Long Run, written by and starring Idris Elba about the Hollywood actor’s early life growing up in East London.
Bill plays the eccentric neighbour Bagpipes and former EastEnders actress Kellie Shirley is his wife Kirsty.
Bailey took part in the eighteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2020.
He won the competition with his partner, Oti Mabuse, becoming the show’s oldest winner at 55.
What is Bill Bailey’s net worth?
Bailey has an estimated net worth of around £ 5 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
This is thanks to his incredibly successful career which began in music and then went on to comedy and acting.
Is Bill Bailey married?
Bill married his wife Kristin in 1998, so they have been married for 24 years.
They met at one of Bill’s gigs in 1987 when she was running a bar in Edinburgh.
Bill has said that he was immediately attracted to her “wild spirit”.
Remembering the first time they met, Bill said: “She had a very distinctive style. She had this long brocade coat, and I realised she was a free spirit and did her own thing.
“We ended up chatting away, and all went to a party, and she put me up on her sofa.”
He bought her a bunch of flowers the next day to say thank you.
After they first met, Bill went touring but kept in contact by writing Kristin letters every day for an entire year before they began dating in 1988.
Kristin is a former costume designer but now manages Bill’s business affairs.
The couple had been dating for 10 years when they spontaneously decided to get married while travelling around Asia.
Bill said: “We were travelling around Asia and sailed into a place called Banda, with a beautiful lagoon, and a smoking volcano on one side and a Dutch colonial fort, an old church and remains of a little town on the other.
“We decided to get married there and then.”
Does Bill Bailey have any children?
Bill shares a son named Dax with his wife Kristin.
Dax, born in 2003, was named after a child the couple met on their travels.
Bill spoke to the Guardian about his son’s name: “Contrary to popular belief, Dax is not named after a Star Trek character.
“The name came from a friend of ours who married an Indonesian man.
“They had a son called Dax and we just always associated it with being in Indonesia and always said, ‘If ever we have a child, that’ll be in the running’.”
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