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Kenny Everett
Birth name Maurice James Christopher Cole
Born (1944-12-25)25 December 1944
Seaforth, Lancashire, England
Died 4 April 1995(1995-04-04) (aged 50)
London, England
Medium Radio, television
Nationality British
Years active 1962–95
Genres Character comedy,
surreal comedy, sketch
Influences Spike Milligan, Joe Meek, Delia Derbyshire, BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Peter Cook, Vivian Stanshall, Frank Zappa
Influenced Chris Moyles, Chris Tarrant
Lee "Lady Lee" Middleton (m. 1966–1984)
Notable works and roles See below

Kenny Everett (25 December 1944 – 4 April 1995) was a British comedian, radio DJ and television entertainer. Born Maurice James Christopher Cole, Everett is best known for his career as a radio DJ and for The Kenny Everett Video Show.

Personal life

Everett married singer Lee 'Lady Lee' Middleton (Billy Fury's former girlfriend) in 1966. By 1979 they had separated. In the mid-1980s, he publicly acknowledged his homosexuality.

Everett was told in 1989 that he had HIV. He went public with his illness in 1993. He died from an AIDS-related illness in London on 4 April 1995, aged 50.

Shows presented

The following is a list of the main shows Everett presented.


  • Kenny & Cash Show Radio London – 1964–1965
  • Kenny Everett Show Radio Luxembourg – 1966
  • Midday Spin BBC Radio 1 – 1967
  • Everett is Here BBC Radio 1 Saturdays 10am–12midday – 1968–1970
  • Kenny Everett Show BBC Local Radio – 1971
  • Kenny Everett Show BBC Radio 1 Sundays 1–3pm – 1972
  • Breakfast Show Capital Radio – 1973–1974
  • Kenny Everett Show Capital Radio – 1974–1980
  • Kenny Everett Show Radio Victory – 1975–1976
  • Captain Kremmen Radio Victory – 1976
  • Kenny Everett Show BBC Radio 2 Saturdays 11am–1pm – 1981–1983
  • Kenny Everett Show Capital Radio Saturdays 11am–1pm – 1984–1988
  • Weekday afternoons Capital Gold 1–4pm – 1988–1991
  • Weekday mid-mornings Capital Gold 9am–12midday – 1991–1994


  • Nice Time Granada Television – 1968
  • The Kenny Everett Explosion LWT – 1970
  • The Kenny Everett Video Show Thames Television – 1978–1980
  • The Kenny Everett Video Cassette Thames Television – 1981
  • The Kenny Everett Television Show BBC One – 1981–1988
  • Brainstorm BBC – 1988
  • Gibberish BBC – 1992

Tributes & portrayals

On 18 November 2007, ITV1 broadcast a tribute show to Everett called Licence To Laugh. Friends and colleagues said what it was like to know and work with the man they affectionately called "Cuddly Ken". Additionally, current celebrities such as Chris Moyles and Chris Tarrant talked about their love for the outrageous entertainer. They shared the ways in which Everett had influenced them and their work. It also had archive footage.

In March 2010 the BBC said it was making a 90-minute TV biopic called Number One in Heaven. It was to be written by Tim Whitnall and focus on Everett's unhappiness at secondary school.

In April 2012 the BBC said it was working on a 90-minute TV biopic called The Best Possible Taste. This would focus on the performer's relationship with his ex-wife, singer Lee Middleton.

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