Gary Wilmot biography 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. Theatre: 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). TV: 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. Radio: He was part of BBC’s Friday Night Is Music Night.