George Formby (1904–1961) was an English actor, singer-songwriter and
comedian. On stage, screen and record he sang light, comical songs,
usually playing the ukulele or banjolele, and became the UK's highest-
paid entertainer. After an early career as a stable boy and jockey,
Formby took to the music hall stage after the early death of his father
in 1921. In 1923 he purchased a ukulele, and married Beryl Ingham, a
fellow-performer who became his manager. She insisted that he appear on
stage formally dressed, and introduced the ukulele to his performance.
He started his recording career in 1926 and, from 1934, he increasingly
worked in film to develop into a major star. During the Second World
War, Formby entertained civilians and troops (pictured in France), and
by 1946 it was estimated that he had performed in front of three million
service personnel. After the war his career declined, although he toured
the Commonwealth, and continued to appear in variety and pantomime.
Formby was considered Britain's first properly home-grown screen
comedian. He was an influence on future comedians—particularly Charlie
Drake and Norman Wisdom—and, culturally, on entertainers such as the
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