Julian Clary has been added to the London Palladium’s wall of fame, becoming the first performer to be added to the installation since it was created last year.
The actor and comedian, who has starred in the past four Palladium pantomimes including this year’s Goldilocks and the Three Bears, now features on the wall alongside 30 other artists.
They include Cilla Black, Bruce Forsyth, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey.
Clary’s portrait on the wall was unveiled at an event hosted by Andrew Lloyd Webber, whose LW Theatres owns and operates the Palladium.
Lloyd Webber described Clary as “one of our most popular and distinctive comedians” and said: “Julian more than meets the criteria having performed at the Palladium for almost 30 years and headlining the Pantomime for the past four. I’m delighted that he is receiving this honour today.
“For more than 100 years, the London Palladium has presented the most prestigious pantomimes in the West End, and in recent times it is the performances from artists like Julian Clary that have enabled that legacy to continue.”
Clary described being on stage at the Palladium “as a thrill that never goes away, however tired you might be”.
“I count myself very lucky to be asked at all and it’s my good fortune that Nick Thomas, Qdos and Michael Harrison have a taste for camp old nonsense, and to be asked back year after year is another thrill,” he said.
He added: “Every time I arrive for work from now on I’ll be able to blow myself a kiss.”
The Palladium’s wall of fame is designed by artist Lee Simons and was unveiled last year. Situated next to the Palladium’s stage door, it is intended to be a permanent legacy to the artists who have headlined there.