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September 4, 2019

Lee Ridley, aka Britain’s Got Talent winner Lost Voice Guy, shares his thoughts ahead of headlining St James’ Square Law Firm’s inaugural Charity Ball on October 10 at The Biscuit Factory

It’s been an exciting couple of years for you Lee. What made you enter Britain’s Got Talent?
As a comedian, you always dream about playing on the biggest stages in the world, and you can’t really get any bigger than the Hammersmith Apollo. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to put myself up against some of the best performers in the world, and I’m really proud I did it.

What did you do before you chose to pursue comedy full-time?
I was a journalist and had worked for a few local newspapers in Newcastle, as well as the BBC. Most recently, I was working in the media team at Sunderland City Council. Deciding to do comedy definitely changed my life. I haven’t always been good at expressing myself. I’ve always been really self-conscious about what other people think of me because of my disability.

Doing stand-up comedy has taught me to let go of my inhibitions a bit. When I’m up on stage I feel like I’ve found the perfect way to express myself.

You released your first book, ‘I’m Only In It For The Parking’, earlier this year. What can you tell us about that?
It’s basically answering all the stupid questions I get asked about my disability. I think the question I’m most sick of being asked is ‘are you as clever as Stephen Hawking?’ Spoiler alert, I’m not.

You’re an inspiration to many of the children at Heel and Toe. Who’s your biggest inspiration in life?
My family have had a massive impact on my life. I’m lucky to have such a close family who are always willing to lend a hand when I need it and I doubt I’d have done as much as I have without them. My friends are a very important part of my life too. My English teacher at school was also been a big influence. He knew I had the potential to do whatever I wanted, and he always believed in me.

What can guests expect from your performance at the Charity Ball?
It will be a typical Lost Voice Guy show. It’ll be cheeky, mischievous and, most of all, very funny. During my Britain’s Got Talent experience, the people of the North East were so supportive of me and everyone has been really lovely since, so it’s going to be nice to give something back to them. I’m excited to meet everyone and I hope they enjoy the show.

St James’ Square Charity Ball
St James’ Square Charity Ball is supporting Heel and Toe, the firm’s designated good cause of the year. The charity helps children in the North East with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities by providing free conduction education therapy. It receives no Government funding and relies solely on donations and fundraising. St James’ Square Law Firm aims to raise £40,000 for the charity in 2019.
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