Over the years I’ve worked in a wide variety of theatre ranging from community shows, theatre-in-education, pantomime, street theatre, large-scale touring, small-scale touring. Living-out-the-back-of-a-dodgy-van touring.
My television career began around 1992 when I was fortunate to land the role of an unskilled escapologist. By coincidence I was unable to get out of a strait-jacket at the time so managed to make the performance look quite credible. Since then I forced myself to learn this particular skill and can now proudly say that I can escape from one in 45 seconds. After that role I went on to play a miner, a policeman, a farmer, a hospital patient, a policeman, a villain, a policeman, a villainous chicken, a policeman, a farmer, a villain, an office worker, a policeman….I think you get the idea.
|Mr Loach’s The Navigators.|
I’ve dabbled in radio drama but never been asked back so… stick to the visuals I’d say.
|Fat Brenda. Photo by Lance Burkitt|
In the past few years I’ve been responsible for co-producing and performing a one-man play with Shoestring Theatre called Fifty Feet And Falling, a one-woman play with Flamin’ Beltin’ Productions called Fat Brenda – My Flamin’ Story, a street theatre/cabaret act succinctly entitled The World Famous Czeztikov Brothers with Gary The Amazing Dancing Psychic Goat-Boy and at least a dozen star-studded cabarets hosted by my alter-ego Squinty McGinty.
For any professional engagement queries contact my agents at ciekabailey.com
|As Eddie Windass in Coronation Street. (All my own stunts see). Photo - ITV|
| The World Famous Czeztikov Brothers with |
Gary The Amazing Dancing Psychic Goat-Boy
(The Beatles were obviously a heavy influence in this outfit).
Photo – Mike Kilyon
|Squinty McGinty. Photo – Mike Kilyon|
|Chaos And Cadavers. A bit like Downton Abbey but with undertakers.|
|Finding a car wheel hub-cap around 1998.|
|A trombonist in an ill-fitting costume.|
|In my druggy days.|
|Me and some of my ol’ acting chums.|
|Another brass playing role.|
|With some more friends. (I’m the tall one behind the midgets)|
|Arguing around the graveside with David Tennant. |
(Yet another undertaker role. I must have the face for it).
|At home with the Royles.|
|Capable of ageing up, and eating dog food from a tin.|
|It’s all about dressing up and pulling daft faces really.|
|All in a day’s work (CBBC’s 4 O’Clock Club)|