What is Keith Lemon's real name, how did he become famous and who is the Celebrity Juice host's wife Jill Carter?

KEITH LEMON is the hilarious and ever so slightly crude alter ego of comic Leigh Francis.

The Leeds-born star is best known for sketch show Bo Selecta! and returns as the controversial host of Celebrity Juice.

Who is Keith Lemon?

Keith Lemon (born Leigh Francis), 47, is from Leeds, Yorkshire.

He is a stand-up comedian, actor, director, producer, writer, and voice artist, best known for creating Channel 4's Bo' Selecta! and his alter ego Keith Lemon.

He married his wife Jill Carter, a beauty therapist,  in 2002 at Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire.

The couple have one daughter, Matilda and live together in North London.

How did Keith Lemon become famous?

He was discovered by television presenter Davina McCall, who spotted him when he was doing stand-up comedy.

Davina helped Leigh get his first television role on Dom and Kirk's Nite O' Plenty, where he played Bobby Stark, a man who gives tips on how to win over the ladies.

The series aired on Paramount Television from January to July 1996.

Leigh’s second television role was playing showbiz photographer Barry Gibson who featured on the early series of Channel 4's Popworld.

Leigh also featured Barry, along with Keith Lemon and Avid Merrion in the series Whatever I Want, which aired late night on ITV in 2000.

When did Leigh Francis do Bo’ Selecta!?

Off the back of creating television characters Bobby Stark and Barry Gibson, Channel 4 handed Leigh £250,000 to produce a series, later called Bo Selecta! in 2002.

The series saw Leigh impersonate a number of celebrities with  rubber face masks, along with the main, non-celebrity character, Avid Merrion.

The programme lasted for five series, airing between 2002 and 2006.

Season 4 was called A Bear's Tail, and was based on another of his characters, The Bear.

Season 5 returned to Avid Merrion and was called Bo! in the USA.

When did Leigh Francis switch to playing Keith Lemon?

Following the axing of Bo' Selecta!, Leigh took one of the series characters, Keith Lemon, and created a brand new show, Keith Lemon's Very Brilliant World Tour, which aired on ITV2 in April 2008.

The show was a success, and subsequently, Leigh created another show featuring Keith, Celebrity Juice, which is massively successful and now in its 17th series.

Since Celebrity Juice started, he only portrays Keith, and has had numerous shows including Keith Lemon's LemonAid, Through the Keyhole, The Keith Lemon Sketch Show and Keith Lemon: Coming In America.

He even did a movie called Keith Lemon: The Film.

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