New Kenny Everett biopic to star former Corrie actress, Katherine Kelly
BBC4 is to air a new biopic on the life of comedian Kenny Everett, who sadly died in April 1995 aged 50 from an AIDS related illness.
Fans of a certain age will of course remember Kenny – who was born Maurice James Christopher Cole – best from his self-titled show, in which he played a number of characters, such as Sid Snot, Angry of Mayfair, Marcel Wave and Cupid Stunt.
Former Celebrity Big Brother housemate Cleo Rocos regularly featured on the sketch show, and a number of pop and TV stars made cameo appearances, including Rod Stewart, Billy Connolly, Kate Bush, Cliff Richard, Freddie Mercury, Terry Wogan, Suzi Quatro and Julian Lloyd Webber.
The new feature length film, which is entitled, The Best Possible Taste, will star Oliver Lansley as Kenny and former Corrie star Katherine Kelly as his wife, Lee Middleton…
The film will chart Kenny’s career from his early days in radio to his huge TV fame, and will also detail his personal life, including, as mentioned his marriage to Lee Middleton which ended in 1979.
We’ll also hear how Kenny was diagnosed with HIV in 1989, but didn’t make it public knowledge until 1993.
Of the biopic, Richard Klein, the Controller at BBC4, said, “Kenny Everett was a genuine original: wild and unfocused maybe, but also deliciously anarchic and always entertaining.
“In many ways Kenny was a very modern celebrity, wearing his heart on his sleeve while coping with a complex life.
“Re-evaluating this talented and exuberant personality, enabling audiences to reconsider Kenny’s undoubted impact and legacy, makes this a very BBC4 drama.”
It’s expected to air later this year.