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Roy Castle was born on 31st August 1932 and was an English dancer, singer, comedian, actor , television presenter and musician.

 

He was born in Scholes, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, and learnt to tap dance at Nora Bray's School of Dance, before starting his career in an amateur concert party and finally turning professional in 1953 in Blackpool. Within 8 years Roy was appearing in the Royal variety Show in London.

 

In the mid-60s he had his own Saturday night BBC television series 'The Roy Castle Show' and then went on to appear in many shows including the role of Ian Chesterton - the first male assistant of Dr Who.

 

However, his is really best-remembered for hosting 'Record Breakers' which he presented for over 20 years. During the run of the show he personally held no less than 9 world records.

 

Although a non-smoker, he died of lung cancer on 2nd September 1994 attributing his condition to passive smoking in the bars that he had worked in. His widow Fiona campaigned for the British smoking ban which came in force in 2006 & 2007, banning smoking in virtuallyall enclosed public places.

 

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