Bruce Forsyth

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Bruce Joseph Forsyth Johnson, CBE (born 22 February 1928),[1] is a British TV personality. He became known through the series Sunday Night at the London Palladium, going on to present television series such as The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right, The Price Is Right and Strictly Come Dancing. Rumours in the press are rife following the end of the 2010 series of Strictly, that current co-host Tess Daly's husband, Vernon Kay is the BBC's favourite choice to replace Bruce Forsyth as host, but rumours of his dismissal are unfounded. [2][3][4]


Early life

Forsyth was born in Edmonton, North London, the son of Florence Ada (née Pocknell) and John Thomas Forsyth Johnson.[5] His family owned a car repair garage in Victoria Road, Edmonton, and as members of the Salvation Army his parents played brass instruments and his mother was a singer.[6] His great grandfather Joseph Forsyth Johnson (1840–1906) was a landscape architect who worked in Russia, Ireland and the United States.[7] His great-great-great-great grandfather William Forsyth (1737–1804) was a founder of the Royal Horticultural Society and the namesake of the plant genus Forsythia.[8]

"Boy Bruce, the Mighty Atom"

Forsyth attended The Latymer School. After watching Fred Astaire in films at age eight, he trained in dance in Tottenham and then Brixton.[6] He started in show business aged 14, with a song, dance, and accordion act called "Boy Bruce, the Mighty Atom." His first appearance was at the Theatre Royal, Bilston, with The Great Marzo at the top of the bill.[6] Forsyth made his television debut in 1939 as a child, singing and dancing on a talent show introduced by Jasmine Bligh, probably an episode of Come and Be Televised (BBC, 1939), broadcast from Radiolympia.[9]

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