Paul Zerdin is without doubt this countrys top ventriloquist. He began his career as a magician at the age of 15 and, after ruining his GCSEs, decided that the only thing he could do was to go into showbusiness. For the next five years he appeared up and down the country on the club and holiday camp circuit honing his magic while slowly introducing his stand-up comedy and ventriloquism. At the age of 20 he landed his first proper TV job as presenter on GMTVs childrens programme Rise and Shine.
Some years later Paul won ITVs nationwide Big Big Talent Show hosted by Jonathan Ross. Since then he has appeared regularly on the Royal Variety Show and on ITV’s Tonight at the London Palladium with Bruce Forsyth. Among many other TV shows, Paul has appeared in Shirley Bassey’s 60th Birthday Special for LWT (during which his puppet, Sam, had the nerve to sing one of Shirley’s own songs to her), BBC1’s Generation Game, Late Night With Jerry Springer, Open House with Gloria Hunniford, Today with Des and Mel and, for Sky TV, Undercover Magic. He’s starred in TV commercials, too, for Kelloggs, Persil and Honda, and has entertained British forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.