(born as David G.
Bramwell, on 6 October 1951
in Farnworth, England) is an
English comedian based in Chorley, Lancashire.
Spikey spent his early career working as a
BioMedical Scientist in the haematology
laboratory at Bolton General Hospital. It was during this period in
the 1980s that Spikey scripted and performed in a number of amateur
with a group of like-minded
health workers called the Bolton Health Performers.
In 1992, Spikey was asked to form a double act with Rick Sykes, as
purely a 'one-off' to support a popular musical duo called
'Intaglio'. Dave and Rick were known as Spikey and Sykey. The
double act's most notable success came on Central TV
point came one summer Sunday evening in 1993 when Spikey got a
phone call to see if 'he could get to Blackpool in half an hour'. Cannon and Ball
were appearing at The Opera
House and they needed a compere immediately.
He was the last host of UK gameshow Chain Letters
in 1997, following on from
, Andrew O'Connor
, Allan Stewart
, Ted Robbins
. While working on the show, he once got trapped by
the rotating Chain Letters
Spikey won the Best Newcomer award at the British Comedy Awards
, and then
starred in Phoenix
, a hit comedy series on Channel
in which he played Jerry St.
. Peter Kay has announced that a new series of Phoenix
Nights is to be made, however it is unknown whether Spikey will
In 2003, Spikey released his first DVD
Overnight Success Tour
. Towards the end of 2004, he wrote the
comedy-drama Dead Man Weds
, in which he also
co-starred, in 2005, with Johnny
Since 2005, Spikey has been one of the regular team captains on the
comedy panel game
, 8 Out of 10 Cats
although did not
return for the series in 2007. That year also saw the release of
his second live DVD, Living The Dream
. He presented the
for two series.
Spikey has two new projects in the pipeline which have been
commissioned by the BBC, being Magnolia
, a sitcom about
painters and decorators, and Footballers Lives
- a comedy
about a pub football team, which was due to air by the end of 2006.
He was also on the panel for talent show When Will I Be Famous?
Because of his time at hospital, Spikey's chosen subject on
in 2006 was
. He won this show.
Dave Spikey is patron of the non-profit radio station "Chorley FM
" which is not the fictitious radio
station made famous by "That Peter Kay Thing" and "Phoenix Nights"
Dave Spikey also provides the voice of the fox character in Foxy
Dave Spikey's first book, He Took My Kidney Then Broke My Heart,
was published in October 2009 by Michael O'Mara Books.
2003: 'Overnight Success'
2005: 'Living the Dream'
2007: 'An audience with Dave Spikey'
2008: 'The Best Medicine'
2009: 'The Best Medicine: Repeat Prescription'
- GRO Birth Index: Oct/Nov/Dec 1951,
Brawell, David G., Farnworth 10c 142.