Dancing on Ice sees comeback for Michael Barrymore, 17 years since last major TV role

Dancing on Ice sees comeback for Michael Barrymore, 17 years since last major TV role

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ENTERTAINER Michael Barrymore is making his TV comeback on Dancing on Ice.

The star, 67, is ready to rebuild his career, which was devastated when party guest Stuart Lubbock died in his swimming pool in 2001.

Entertainer Michael Barrymore will make his TV comeback by starring on ITV’s Dancing on Ice
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The star will make his hit comeback appearing as a contestant on Dancing on Ice, which included Wes Nelson and Vanesa Bauer in its 11th series
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ITV believe he can have the same comic impact as Gemma Collins, a viewer favourite on the last series hosted by Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.

An insider said: “Michael has always been TV gold and show chiefs appreciate there’s still a huge amount of interest in him. There’s no doubting he’ll be hilarious on the ice.”

Michael was one of the 1980s’ biggest stars as host of Strike It Lucky.  In 2006 he came second on Celebrity Big Brother.

On Piers Morgan’s Life Stories in June he apologised for Stuart’s death, for which he was never charged. He also revealed a suicide bid while in rehab.

Michael was one of the 1980s’ biggest stars as host of Strike It Lucky
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The Strike It Lucky presenter says his career never recovered after a guest was discovered dead in his swimming pool
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Michael married dancer Cheryl St Claire in 1976 but in 1995 he revealed he was gay
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He said his career never recovered after Lubbock’s death
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He has since said: “I feel it is the right time and place (to return) but it is not for me to decide. I can’t give myself work.”

Michael came out as gay in 1995 and split from wife Cheryl in 1997. He now lives with dog, Dave.

ITV said: “Any names linked to Dancing on Ice 2020 are pure speculation. We will be confirming our line-up in due course.”

Party guest Lubbock drowned in the comic’s swimming pool in 2001
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Michael Barrymore's pool
The dad-of-two was found dead in Michael Barrymore’s pool in 2001
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ITV believe he can have the same comic impact as Gemma Collins
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Diva Gemma Collins with her dance partner Matt Evers
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She was a viewer favourite on the last series hosted by Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield
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