TV Personality & Comedian
Recently he was team captain for the series of BBC Radio 4's comedy quiz "Act Your Age". His series for Challenge TV, titled "Roy Walker's TV Bloomers" was transmitted in 2009 and for the same channel, his series "Roy Walkers's Game Show Moments" was screened later that year. Roy also made a guest appearance on the Royal Variety Show 2009.
In 2008, Roy made his debut at the Edinburgh Festival where he appeared for the entire season with enormous success and to great critical acclaim. He has just appeared at the Udderbelly Festival on the Southbank, London SE1 where he received a standing ovation from the audience.
He recently made his movie debut as 'The Monsignor' in the film The Jealous God, based on the best-selling novel of the same name by John Braine. The Jealous God, starring Jason Merrells (Cutting It, Clocking Off) and Denise Welch (Coronation Street, Soldier, Soldier, Down to Earth) was released by North Country Pictures. His Catchphrase DVD (Granada) is currently on release.
Belfast born Roy's career started at the age of fourteen as a soprano in the celebrated Francis Longford Choir. He was Northern Ireland Champion Hammer Thrower for two years and served seven years in the army before moving to England and becoming a professional comedian - touring in clubs and cabaret. In 1977 he came to national prominence through TV's 'New Faces', receiving the highest marks ever given to a comedian. Many major television appearances followed and in 1986 he became host of the TV's 'Catchphrase' screened on both ITV and Challenge TV. He was the subject of 'This Is Your Life' in 1998; appeared in the hit series 'Phoenix Nights' and became a popular member of Living TV's "I'm Famous And Frightened" cult TV show. He also presented a six-part comedy series 'The Way We Tell 'Em' for BBC Radio. He guest-starred in 50 Musical Years of Stage and Screen, a gala concert at the Palace Theatre in London's West End and he was invited to perform in New York at a benefit concert Salute to the New York City Firefighters.
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"Goodbye Mr Chips"
- Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2008
"AN HOUR SPENT IN THE COMPANY OF SUCH AN EXPERIENCED SHOWMAN CAN NEVER BE WASTED"
"The undisputed hit of the year's Edinburgh Fringe was Goodbye Mr Chips, a one-man show by Roy Walker, the gently-spoken Northern Irish comic and former host of game show Catchphrase. Festival goers, who like to think themselves well up on all things hip and cutting edge, trooped in their droves to the Assembly Ballroom to listen to Walker telling stories from his life in showbiz"
- Anna Pukas in the Daily Express (28th August)
"Just watched Roy Walker deliver a master-class in comedy. Slow, deliberating and with killer sucker-punches liberally scattered throughout his set, not to mention a game of Catchphrase and Car Park Catchphrase ala the Chris Moyles radio show".
"This is a show not to miss if you have fond memories of Saturday evenings spent watching Mr Chips... or have just received a one-star review for your own stand-up act".
- Liam Rudden - Edinburgh Evening News Friday August 15 - SAY WHAT YOU SEE