NEW Strictly champ Invoice Bailey yesterday hailed his extraordinary dancing win as “one for the dads”.
The comic, 55, returned residence to spouse Kristin with the Glitterball trophy and a message for middle-aged chaps.
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Invoice Bailey devoted his Strictly win to the UK’s dadsCredit score: Dan Jones photographs/THESUN
The comedian, 55, was topped the present’s oldest winnerCredit score: Dan Jones photographs/THESUN
The present’s oldest winner mentioned: “This says to each bloke of their 40s or 50s, ‘Don’t quit’.
“You’ll be able to stand up and dance.
“You are able to do greater than you may probably think about. And having the power and perception can get you there.”
His Strictly victory on Saturday, alongside professional companion Oti Mabuse, caps a exceptional profession for the musical stand-up star.
Earlier than he took to the ballroom, the one success Invoice had in dancing was beating pop star Sinitta on the limbo.
Invoice and professional companion Oti Mabuse scooped the Glitterball trophy on SaturdayCredit score: BBC
In his autobiography, he wrote: “It was throughout a charity fundraiser for a youngsters’s hospital and I used to be a bit youthful then and extra flexible, however nonetheless.
“Every spherical noticed the sector whittled down as varied denizens of the nice and good fell away, till it was solely me, Lionel Blair and Sinitta. After an in depth name, I simply scraped beneath the bar.”
Invoice’s success on Strictly was helped by the well being kick he embarked after the 2017 loss of life of his By no means Thoughts the Buzzcocks predecessor Sean Hughes from alcohol-related cirrhosis, aged 51.
Invoice mentioned: “There’s a propensity in the direction of alcohol in comedy.
He returned residence to spouse Kristin with an inspirational message for middle-aged malesCredit score: Dan Jones photographs/THESUN
“You come off stage and somebody fingers you a drink.
“It’s an irregular life with big highs and lows.
“It’s very straightforward to slide into dangerous habits.”
Invoice suggested: “Much less profiteroles, extra biking. I reside more healthy now.”
So how did this wannabe rocker quickstep his approach into the nation’s hearts?
And why is he known as “Invoice” when his real name is Mark?
He was raised in Keynsham, Somerset, by his physician father and nurse mom.
Talking about his win, he mentioned ‘this says to each bloke of their 40s or 50s do not quit’Credit score: INSTAGRAM/BILL BAILEY
A self-confessed swot, Invoice grew to become enthralled by music.
And it was his music instructor who christened him Invoice after he mastered the track Invoice Bailey, Gained’t You Please Come Residence on guitar.
In his teenage years, Invoice rapidly gave up educational ambitions to chase his dream of changing into a rock star, though his mother and father weren’t too happy initially.
He mentioned: “After I began to fall behind and never accomplish that effectively, they have been fairly pissed off by it.
“However they have been very understanding and have been very supportive.”
Invoice was a dancing novice earlier than his time on StrictlyCredit score: BBC
After dropping out of college, Invoice found a love of stand-up comedy and began gigging across the nation.
He met Kristin — then a bar manager, now a successful costume designer — whereas performing in Edinburgh in 1988 and wooed her with a year-long writing marketing campaign.
Their son Dax was born in 2003, though Invoice insists he’s named after an Indonesian good friend — and never the Star Trek character.
The 17-year-old mentioned of his dad’s Strictly performances: “It was the epitome of father dancing.”
His success was helped by his well being kick, which concerned ‘much less profiteroles, extra biking’
By the early 2000s, Invoice’s profession was taking off with roles in hit Channel 4 comedy Spaced and alongside Dylan Moran in cult comedy Black Books.
In 2002, he grew to become a staff captain on the comedy music quiz present By no means Thoughts the Buzzcocks.
Invoice left in 2008 to focus on touring his musical comedy reveals Half Troll and Steampunk.
The entertainer is huge fan of bird-watching and even wrote a information to the pastime.
Invoice celebrated his win in true rock-star typeCredit score: James Curley
In 2010, botanists named a tropical pitcher plant after him in recognition of his work for wildlife charities.
The animal lover has a mini zoo in his residence in Hammersmith, West London, with rescue canines, cats, rabbits, geese and chickens.
He mentioned: “Geese coming in the home and chickens crowing within the morning is a bit bit tough in West London.”
He was pictured hanging out a automotive window along with his Glitterball trophyCredit score: James Curley
Coming into Strictly, many had him down as this 12 months’s novelty act.
Choose Craig Revel Horwood informed The Solar: “I by no means noticed him coming, not in one million years. I assumed he can be the Ann Widdecombe of this collection.”
Unsurprisingly for a comic, Invoice has had the final giggle.
Many put Invoice down as Strictly’s novelty act – however he had the final giggleCredit score: Dan Jones photographs/THESUN
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