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Inside Keith Lemon star Leigh Francis boozy pub birthday with celeb pals

May 3, 2022

Keith Lemon star Leigh Francis turned 49 over the weekend and celebrated with some of his nearest and dearest celeb pals.

The comedian partied at The Princess of Wales pub in London’s Primrose Hill where he was joined by Emma Bunton, her partner Jade Jones, Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts, Chris Moyles and soap star Will Mellor.

Leigh kept to his quirky style by pairing a red and black patterned jumper and trousers with a large black hat and crossbody bag.

Emma, 46, donned an orange blazer and geometric patterned jumpsuit while keeping her blonde locks loose.

Earlier in the week the former Spice Girl took to Instagram to share a snap of herself and Leigh with a sweet caption.

“Happy birthday my gorgeous mate @keithlemon look forward to celebrating with you!!!”

Her husband Jade, 43, also joined in the celebrations for Leigh who kept it casual in a cream jumper and hat.

Ashley Roberts, 40, donned a white tank top and jeans while sweeping her her hair into a messy bun.

Also at the celebration was Leigh’s Celebrity Juice team captain Laura Whitmore and her husband Iain Stirling.

Yorkshire-born Leigh has a qualification in graphic design and was previously discovered by Davina McCall who encouraged him to pursue comedy after watching him perform stand-up comedy.

His first TV role was in Dom and Kirk's Nite O' Plenty, where he portrayed Bobby Stark, a man who gives tips on how to win over the ladies.

Leigh went on to star in shows for Channel 4 and Comedy Central before Bo' Selecta! in 2002.

From there, Keith Lemon was born and in 2008 Leigh created a brand new show, Keith Lemon's Very Brilliant World Tour for ITV2.

As Keith Lemon there have been plenty of spinoffs for Leigh including Celebrity Juice, Keith Lemon's LemonAid, The Keith Lemon Sketch Show and Keith Lemon: The Film.

In 2002 Leigh married Jill Carter, a beauty therapist. In February 2009, their daughter Matilda was born.

He previously called Jill his "rock" who he "loves more everyday".

"When everyone meets her, they say 'he is punching'," he told the MailOnline. "Why would I want to date anyone who looks like me? Everyone should punch above their weight when they are dating!"

The pair have been together for almost three decades after the couple met as teenagers – when Leigh was 19 and Jill 16.

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