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Showbiz veteran Lionel Blair dies aged 92



Legendary showbiz personality Lionel Blair has died, at the age of 92.

The dancer and Give Us a Clue star was a prominent figure on British TV screens since the 70s.

He died surrounded by his family, his management company said reports the Mirror.

In recent years he appeared on Celebrity Big Brother and The Real Marigold Hotel.

His agent said: “He got to a very ripe old age, he was loved by his family, and I think he died in their company, which is lovely.”

Lionel was born Henry Lionel Ogus in Canada and moved to Britain when he was just two years old, with his family settling at Stamford Hill.

He began performing in plays when he was a child and attended the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford in 1944. The entertainer went on to work in the West End but decided to give up acting in 1947, during which he took up his stage name Lionel Blair.

Yet Lionel really shot into the spotlight in the 1960s by appearing on a number of variety shows as part of his dance troupe.

He also went on to star in a number of films such as 1964’s A Hard Day’s Night and The Beauty Jungle (1964).

Towards the end of the decade and at the beginning of the 1970s, Lionel appeared as one of the team captains on Give Us A Clue, which aired right through until the 1990s. He starred in a number of sketches throughout, including one with Ronnie Corbett and Rob Brydon and another with Ant and Dec.

Lionel even dared to enter the doors of the Celebrity Big Brother house in 2014, but became the third housemate to be evicted.

He leaves behind wife Susan Davis and their three children and grandchildren.





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