Lionel Blair left £1.1m when he died aged 92 after eight-decade career including Give Us A Clue

Lionel Blair left £1.1million to his family when he died aged 92 after eight-decade career from Give Us A Clue to Celebrity Big Brother

  • He died surrounded by his family in November 2021 leading to a flood of tributes
  • It has now emerged that Blair had an estate in the UK valued at £1,176,645.00
  • Blair asked for the estate to be handled by his wife Susan, who he married in 1967

Lionel Blair left a £1.1million fortune when he died aged 92 following a career which spanned eight decades, papers have revealed.

The dancer was best known for stints as team captain on ITV show Give Us A Clue as well as appearing on Ricky Gervais’ hit show Extras and entering the Celebrity Big Brother house.

He died surrounded by his family in November last year leading to a flood of tributes celebrating his showbiz career.

It has now emerged he had an estate in the UK valued at £1,176,645.00.

He left instructions that it should be handled by his wife Susan, who he married in 1967 and had three children with.

Lionel Blair left a £1.1million fortune when he died aged 92 following a career which spanned eight decades, papers have revealed (pictured with Suzanne Danielle on The Morecambe and Wise Show)

Lionel Blair left a £1.1million fortune when he died aged 92 following a career which spanned eight decades, papers have revealed (pictured with Suzanne Danielle on The Morecambe and Wise Show)

Blair was careful with his money and knew how much he had been paid for every show he did, The Times reported.

The 1980s was a particularly lucrative time for Blair when he appeared on several TV game shows.

He said: ‘I was recording four shows a day and getting four salaries, which worked out very nicely.’ 

Blair also described earning up to £100,000 for a six week run in pantomime, which he used to buy a Rolls-Royce.

‘Why do you think the stars do pantomime? Buttons, Dick Whittington, Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk. Aladdin . . . I did them all,’ he said.

Blair was born in Canada and then moved to London and began working as an actor aged 14.

He left instructions that it should be handled by his wife Susan (above), who he married in 1967 and had three children with

He left instructions that it should be handled by his wife Susan (above), who he married in 1967 and had three children with

His self-taught dancing skills, inspired by watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers at the cinema and then copying their routines at home, propelled him to stardom.

He took part in a comedic dance-off against Sammy Davis Jr at the Royal Variety Performance in 1961 and played the role of a choreographer in the Beatles film A Hard Day’s Night.

On television, he was choreographer for and appeared on programmes such as the Tommy Cooper Hour and the Jimmy Tarbuck Show, before becoming a judge on talent show New Faces in the late 1970s.

Blair was one of the stars who appeared on a Christmas special of the Ricky Gervais comedy Extras in 2007 and he appeared on reality shows such as Celebrity Big Brother in 2014 and The Real Marigold Hotel in 2017.

The dancer was best known for stints as team captain on ITV show Give Us A Clue as well as appearing on Ricky Gervais' hit show Extras and entering the Celebrity Big Brother house

The dancer was best known for stints as team captain on ITV show Give Us A Clue as well as appearing on Ricky Gervais’ hit show Extras and entering the Celebrity Big Brother house

Lionel Blair and Bruce Forsyth starring in the show A Gift for Gracie in 1970

Lionel Blair and Bruce Forsyth starring in the show A Gift for Gracie in 1970

The legendary showbiz star, who was a prominent figure on British TV screens throughout the late 1960s, the 1970s, died surrounded by his family

 The legendary showbiz star, who was a prominent figure on British TV screens throughout the late 1960s, the 1970s, died surrounded by his family

Following his death, actor Sanjeev Bhaskar said: ‘I loved the fact that he’d always pepper every conversation with a bit of a tap dance. Every single time. And it was glorious.’

Comedian Julian Clary described Blair as a ‘showbiz trooper if ever there was’ while broadcaster Piers Morgan said: ‘RIP Lionel Blair, 92. A wonderful all-round entertainer & lovely man. Sad news.’

Singer Paul Young tweeted: ‘I’m really sad to hear about the passing of Lionel Blair; it’s wonderful to meet someone that was a TV star when you were small and to find them so impeccably gracious and charming in person. I learnt a lot from him! My condolences to his family.’

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