Britain’s Got Talent contestant Audrey Leybourne dies aged 95

Former Britain’s Got Talent contestant Audrey Leybourne has died aged 95.

He is a singer-actor who appeared on the show in May 2018, conquering viewers with a performance of I Wanna Be Loved By You from the 1928 musical Good Boy.

Leybourne died in the early hours of Thursday morning, her church vicar told the PA news agency after he was contacted by her relatives.

Rev Simon Grigg of St Paul’s in Covent Garden, also known as the Actors Church, said she was a “wonderful woman” with an “extraordinary career” and had worked until 18 months ago.

He announced her death in a post on the church’s Facebook page that read: “We are deeply saddened to announce the death of our very dear friend, Audrey Leybourne, who passed away early Thursday morning.

“She is a remarkable person, a veritable ‘banner’ (starting her career with Sir Donald Wolfit, nothing less) and a much-loved member of St. Paul’s.

“She has one last message for all of you. When she was hospitalized two weeks ago, she told me: ‘If I give up, tell everyone I have no regrets. I’ve had a wonderful life’.

“Quite a statement. Quite a woman. Quite a Christian.”

Leybourne was formerly a member of tap-dance group Roly Polys, who appeared on The Les Dawson Show on BBC One.

During an appearance on Britain’s Got Talent, she delighted the judges and the studio audience with her provocative answers.

When asked by judge Amanda Holden if she was married, Leybourne replied: “No, I’ve been in love many times… 22 gentlemen.”

She also appeared on stage and performed her first pantomime, playing Potty T Potts in Beauty And The Beast, in her ’90s.


Dame Esther Rantzen is an old friend (PA)

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Presenter and charity campaigner Dame Esther Rantzen, a close friend of Leybourne for almost 40 years, described her as a “remarkable performer”.

She told PA: “We send each other Christmas cards every Christmas, we have lunch together.

“She is very multi-talented. She can do anything. She can dance, she can sing, she can play tuba. She can act.

“And she is very funny. She’s filled with humor and makes growing old look so much fun.

“She is an interesting, adventurous, curious friend. She is so lively and so talented. She is very happy to be with.” Britain’s Got Talent contestant Audrey Leybourne dies aged 95

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