Ken Dodd OBE
(1927-present)

Aged 92

Kenneth Arthur "Ken" Dodd, OBE (born 8 November 1927) is an English comedian, singer-songwriter and actor, identified by his trademark unruly hair and protruding teeth, his red, white and blue "tickling stick" and his famous, upbeat greeting of "How tickled I am!". He also created the world and characters of the Diddy Men, with 'diddy' being Liverpudlian slang for small. He works mainly in the music hall tradition, although, in the past, has occasionally appeared in drama, including as Malvolio in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night on stage in Liverpool in 1971; on television in the cameo role of 'The Tollmaster' in the 1987 Doctor Who story Delta and the Bannermen; and as Yorick (in silent flashback) in Kenneth Branagh's film version of Shakespeare's Hamlet in 1996. In the 1960s his fame in the UK was such that he rivalled The Beatles as a household name, with his recording of "Tears" being the UK's third-best-selling single of the 1960s. His records have sold millions worldwide. As of 2016 he continues to tour with his comedy and music show.

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Commemorated on 3 plaques

Gerald England on Geograph
Spudgun67 on Wikimedia Commons
Elliott Brown on Flickr

Tameside Hippodrome 1904-2004 Celebrating one hundred years of entertainment Unveiled by Mr. Ken Dodd on 30th october 2004

40 Oldham Rd, Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester, United Kingdom where they was

Harrogate Theatre. Opened on 13 January 1900 as the Grand Opera House, designed by F.A. Tugwell, with a fine foyer frieze by Frances Darlington added later, the building was refurbished in the mid 1970s and 2007-9 and is home to theatrical activities that have flourished in Harrogate since the 1760s. Performers who have appeared here include Sarah Bernhardt, Mrs Patrick Campbell, Charlie Chaplin, Sonia Dresdel, Trevor Howard, George Robey, Ellen Terry, Arnold Ridley, Fats Waller, Ken Dodd, Martin Shaw, Ben Kingsley and Eddie Izzard. Home of the White Rose Players 1933-1955.

Oxford Street, Harrogate, United Kingdom where they performed

"Chance Meeting" These sculptures were inspired by two legendary Liverpudlians. Ken Dodd O.B.E. One of Liverpool's greatest entertainers, bringing laughter and joy to millions for more than 50 years. Bessie Braddock MP. 1899 - 1970. Labour MP for Liverpool Exchange for over 24 years. She campaigned tirelessly to improve the conditions for her constituents. Awarded the Freedom of the City in 1970. Unveiled by Ken Dodd in June 2009. Sculptor Tom Murphy

Liverpool Lime Street Station, Liverpool, United Kingdom where they unveiled (2009)