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Swindon lad has made good in hit TV comedy
Buy this photo » Terry Noble plays omelette in BBC’s Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show
“I’ve been recognised in some unusual places – people spotted me while I was visiting my mum in hospital and once in Asda they were taking pictures with me in the aisle.”
For Terry Noble the bright lights and fame that come with being in a hit TV show were something he would not have dared to dream several years ago.
But since starring as Omelette in the popular BBC3 comedy Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show, the 33-year-old has become a bit of a celebrity and has lifted the lid on his time as the ‘fat lejend’ (sic).
Often the butt of the, mostly fat jokes, Omelette was a firm favourite with viewers.
Growing up in Swindon and now living in Ferndale, Terry started looking for jobs as a television extra by putting his details on several websites before he was asked to go to an audition for a pilot of a new BBC sketch show.
“I had been speaking to someone who was doing it already and they said why didn’t I just go for it,” he said.
“So I put my details on some of the casting websites and did a few things, including a children’s TV show before I got a call to go to this audition.
“In the audition at the Avalon offices in London they basically got me to do slapstick stuff, like tip a bowl of sweets on my head. Then I had another audition and got a call to say I had the part.
“We did a pilot on 2009 and then the first series aired in 2010 and the second in 2011. It was in front of a live studio audience so it was a bit daunting – I had always shied away from being in front of people growing up.
“But I just stuck with it and being the butt of the jokes was ok because I knew people were not laughing at me in a bad way. My favourite parts were the challenges they had me do at the end of the shows.
“I had to mud wrestle two strong women body-builders and was used as a human piñata, where two women were hitting me with sticks – they were soft though so it didn’t hurt.”
Terry has just finished touring with the live shows across the country in December 2012, while he also took part in Let’s Dance for Comic Relief last year, but he is not included among the latest line-up for Lee Nelson’s new BBC show or stage routine and is looking for work.
He said the live shows were a more challenging experience as things could sometimes go wrong.
“I remember one wardrobe malfunction where I was to come out just in my pants and jump around,” he said.
“I’d checked before I went out and it was fine but I accidentally ended up flashing a little – people thought it was part of the act.
“I got a good reception from the crowd and sometimes they would chant my name, which was really nice.”
- Lee Nelson will be appearing at the Wyvern Theatre on Monday, May 20 at 7.30pm and tickets are available from the Wyvern box office for £23.50 on 01793 524481.