Les Dennis: Family Fortunes star shares poignant message of eve of his 67th birthday

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TV presenter and comedian Les Dennis turns 67 today and took to social media last night to mark the milestone. The Family Fortunes star, who was married to Amanda Holden from 1995 to 2003, said the occasion was all the more poignant as his father had died at the age of 66.

Father-of-three Les opened up about “mortality” in a heartfelt Twitter post, informing fans that he felt “blessed” to have an amazing family around him.

“My last day of being 66 coming to an end,” he wrote online in view of his 97,800 followers.

“My dad was just 66 when he died. Mortality sinks in as we pass these milestones,” the TV star added.

Les went on to say: “These are weird times but I’m blessed to have an amazing family.

“Thank you lovely ones. 67 here I come,” he optimistically signed off.

Les is married to Claire Nicholson and they share two children – Eleanor, 12, and Thomas, nine, while he is also father to adult son Phillip from his first marriage to Lynne Webster.

This morning, the actor has been inundated with birthday messages, receiving tweets from a host of famous faces including fellow comedian Katy Brand and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

He also got a message from Happy Days star Henry Winkler, aka The Fonze, who wrote: “66 years young sir!”

“Thank you Henry. You’ve made my (birth) day,” a chuffed Les replied.

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Understanding followers and fans also took to the comments section of his post to share their feelings about similar milestones.

“Happy Birthday for tomorrow. I’m 41 and both my parents died aged 56 (12 years apart) and I can’t help thinking I’ve only got 15 years left – if I get to 57 I’ll be absolutely delighted!” one Twitter user wrote online.

“My milestone was 57 my dad died at 57 .. I got cancer at 57 I’m 64 now,” another added.

A third follower remarked: “My mum died at 43. I’m 48 now. Feels like bonus time.”

“Keep the bonuses coming,” Les exclaimed in reply.

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