Last night BBC One Wales paid tribute to the Welsh icon that is Stan Stennett MBE. So what better reason than to take another look at ATV’s exclusive chat with Stan last year. We spent two days with the performer in Cardiff in October 2010.
The BBC say on their Great Lives series; “Stan Stennett is one of the most original and talented performers ever to appear on a Welsh stage. In a career spanning almost 70 years, he has performed for generations of audiences throughout the world.
Stan looks back at a life which began in humble surroundings on a small farm on the outskirts of Bridgend in 1925. As a young boy, he was always looking for an opportunity to entertain, and following his de-mob from the army at the end of the Second World War, he became a star as a comedian and musician on the variety circuit which took him to venues throughout the UK.
He had his first break in television as the resident comic on The Black and White Minstrel Show, which was followed by leading roles in soaps including Crossroads and Coronation Street.
But his love of live performance has stayed with him throughout his life, and he recently appeared in his 67th season of pantomime starring as Billy in a Stennett production of Little Red Riding Hood.
Stan lives life to the full, and as well as regular stage shows and occasional cameo roles in films and television productions, he continues to enjoy his passion for flying aeroplanes. At the age of 85, Stan has no intention of bringing the curtain down on a great life.”
In October last year we spent two days with Stan in Cardiff at his home and also at St David’s Hall. We spoke to the performer about his latest adventures and heard from his fans as to why they continue to turn up to his shows. It was a pleasure to meet a man who is a true star – someone who is down-to-earth and doesn’t act a star – who has worked with names such as Max Wall, Morecambe and Wise, Ken Dodd, Lionel Blair, Norman Wisdom, Lee Evans and Ruth Jones. He could be big headed, but he isn’t – he’s just Stan – a pleasure to spend time with…
The BBC Great Lives series, which sees Kim Howells meeting up with prominent Welsh personalities, continues on BBC One Wales Monday at 10.35pm. Stan Stennett’s show can be seen on the BBC I Player here.