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Gary Wilmot

Harold Owen “Gary” Wilmot is a 1954-born English actor, singer and comedian. He rose to fame as a contestant on New Faces. One might also know his as the television presenter of Showstoppers, and So You Wanna Be On Top. Hailing from Lambeth, London, Wilmot became a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2018.



His experience in theatre is immense, and his credits include his role as Sammy Shaw in Radio Times (Watermill Theatre, UK Tour); lead role in A Bowl of Cherries (Charing Cross Theatre); Billy Flynn in Chicago (UK Tour); Thomas Marvel in The Invisible Man (Menier Chocolate Factory); Podgers in Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime (UK Tour); The Lion in The Wizard of Oz (Royal Festival Hall); The Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz (Southhampton Mayflower); Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore (Regents Park Open Air Theatre); Caracticus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium); Henry 3 in Travels With My Aunt (UK Tour); Bottom in Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regents Park Open Air Theatre); Fagin in Oliver! (National Tour); lead role in One for the Road (Bristol Old Vic); Tony/Stephen in Copacobana (West End); Joe in Carmen Jones (The Old Vic); Elliot Garfield in Goodbye Girl (Albery Theatre); various roles in Confusions (UK Tour); Soloist and Presenter in From Hackney to Hollywood (UK Tour); Vernon Hines in The Pajama Game (Shaftesbury Theatre); Andre in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre); Ali Hakim in Oklahoma! (UK Tour); Anthony in End of the Rainbow (UK Tour), and George McMillan in Big The Musical (Theatre Royal Plymouth).


On television, he was the host of You and Me (BBC Television), and So You Wanna Be On Top (BBC Television). He also worked as an assistant director & writer for BBC Television’s Showstoppers, and Cue Gary.


He was part of BBC’s Friday Night Is Music Night.