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Billy Con­nolly, Mrs Brown, BBC2, Thurs­day, 10.00pm.

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Im­age: En­er­getic er­getic fun­ny­man. Best known wn for: Mak­ing the world laugh. Early life: Wil­liam Con­nolly Jr was born on Novem­ber er 24, 1942, in An­der­ston, Glas­gow. His par­ents sep­a­rated df four years later, l and Billy and his sis­ter Florence were brought up by his fa­ther’s sis­ters. It was an un­happy child­hood, and it was re­vealed in a bi­og­ra­phy by his wife, Pamela Stephen­son, that he was sex­u­ally abused by his fa­ther. He left school at 15 and took sev­eral odd jobs be­fore be­com­ing a welder. Ca­reer: Con­nolly bought a banjo and formed a folk group, the Hum­ble­bums, which also in­cluded fu­ture mu­sic star Gerry Raf­ferty. Their success en­abled him to quit his day job. Tours, a Royal Com­mand Per­for­mance and two al­bums fol­lowed. The band split when Con­nolly’s jokes be­tween songs started tak­ing over the act and he set out on his own in 1971. By 1975, when he first ap­peared on the Michael Parkin­son chat show, he was a house­hold name. Since then, he’s gained fans across the globe thanks to a num­ber of suc­cess­ful stand-up tours. Away from com­edy, he’s writ­ten plays and acted, ap­pear­ing in numer­ous films in­clud­ing Mrs Brown, Stil­lCrazy and TheHobbit. Love life: Mar­ried Iris Pres­sagh in 1969. The cou­ple di­vorced in 1985. He mar­ried Pamela Stephen­son four years later. Don’t men­tion: Heck­lers. He cur­tailed some stand-up shows on his 2012 UK tour. Quote: “Life for me is great. I’m a very wealthy per­son, I’m mar­ried to a very beau­ti­ful woman and I get laid with mo­not­o­nous reg­u­lar­ity.”

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