BILL Bailey is currently competing in Strictly Come Dancing – but the prolific comedian has long been delighting fans with his blend of comedy and music.
How old is Bill Bailey?
Bill Bailey was born on January 13, 1965 – making him 55 years old – and is from Bath, Somerset.
His birth name is actually Mark, but his nickname comes from a music teacher at school after he played jazz song “Won’t You Come Home Bill Bailey” on the guitar.
He is a classically trained musician and performed with boy band The Famous Five.
His comedy career began in the 1980s when he formed double act The Rubber Bishops with Toby Longworth.
Bill’s comedy style is a blend of musical parodies and variations on classic jokes.
He currently lives in Hammersmith with his son Dax and wife Kristen and has a plant named after him, in recognition conservation work.
It is called Nepenthes x Bill Bailey.
Is Bill Bailey married?
Bill married his wife Kristin in 1998, so they have been married for 22 years.
They met at one of Bill’s gigs in 1987 when she was running a bar in Edinburgh.
Bill has said that he was immediately attracted to her “wild spirit”.
Remembering the first time they met, Bill said: “She had a very distinctive style. She had this long brocade coat, and I realised she was a free spirit and did her own thing.
“We ended up chatting away, and all went to a party, and she put me up on her sofa.”
He bought her a bunch of flowers the next day to say thank you.
After they first met, Bill went touring but kept in contact by writing Kristin letters every day for an entire year before they began dating in 1988.
Kristin is a former costume designer but now manages Bill’s business affairs.
The couple had been dating for 10 years when they spontaneously decided to get married while travelling around Asia.
Bill said: “We were travelling around Asia and sailed into a place called Banda, with a beautiful lagoon, and a smoking volcano on one side and a Dutch colonial fort, an old church and remains of a little town on the other.
“We decided to get married there and then.”
Do Bill and Kristin have children?
The couple have a 14-year-old son Dax.
Dax, born in 2003, was named after a child Bill and Kristin met on their travels.
Bill spoke to the Guardian about his son’s name: “Contrary to popular belief, Dax is not named after a Star Trek character.
“The name came from a friend of ours who married an Indonesian man.
“They had a son called Dax and we just always associated it with being in Indonesia and always said, ‘If ever we have a child, that’ll be in the running’.”
What dances has he done in Strictly Come Dancing so far?
Bill has made it to week 6 of Strictly and has become the “dark horse of the competition” after earning praise from the judges week on week.
So far, Bill has performed six dances with partner Oti Mabuse in the Strictly Come Dancing 2020 competition.
During week one, the pair scored 15 out of 30 points for their Cha Cha to Pata Pata by Miriam Makeba.
Then in week two, Bill and Oti climbed up the score board with 24 points for their quickstep to Talk To The Animals by Bobby Darin.
Week three saw the pair awarded 26 points for their Paso Doble to The Good, The Bad and The Ugly by Ennio Morricone.
In weeks four and five, Bill and Oti continued to impress the judges with their Couple’s Choice dance to Rapper’s Delight by The Sugarhill Gang and the American Smooth Under My Skin.
The pair came into week six with a solid 25 points, and carried off a lively jive to Blondie’s One Way Or Another.
In his six weeks on the show, the talented comedian has even managed to impress judge Craig Revel Horwood.
Craig told Lorraine Kelly: “To be honest I am secretly actually loving Bill Bailey. I adore him, he just shocks me.
“Every time I see him dance, I am surprised, amazed and delighted. I never thought for one moment he would be able to do it.”
Who is Oti Mabuse and when did she start performing in Strictly?
Strictly Come Dancing returned to BBC One on October 17, 2020.
The series kicked off with a launch special, and will be followed by nine live shows.
What TV shows has Bill Bailey been in?
Bill had his own sketch show comedy series Is It Bill Bailey? which aired on BBC Two in 1998.
He also starred in Dylan Moran’s sitcom Black Books, as an assistant to a frosty bookshop owner.
In Channel 4 teen drama Skins he appeared as Maxxie’s dad in series two.
He was also a team captain on Never Mind The Buzzcocks and has made several guest appearances on Have I Got News For You and Room 101.
Bill plays the eccentric neighbour Bagpipes and former EastEnders actress Kellie Shirley is his wife Kirsty.
In The Long Run premiered on March 29 at 10pm on Sky One.