Gary Wilmot CV
Although Gary was born into showbiz (his father is the Bass voice that sang the
unforgettable line I m A Mole and I Live in a Hole) he had no early ambitions for the stage.
However, he had always shown talent to entertain and so with encouragement from those
around him he took his first step on the road to stardom. Innumerable guest appearances on
television culminated in several of his own TV series, and gained for him a national star
In 1989 Gary’s first West End role was that of Bill Snibson in the award winning Musical
Me And My Girl (Adelphi Theatre). He played the role to critical acclaim for two years,
The late Jack Tinker describing him as a Musical talent of the Highest Order .
A successful No.1 theatre tour of a new comedy, Teething Troubles followed, earning
him further critical acclaim. He also directed a workshop production of this play.
With direction by Simon Callow Gary’s next role was that of Joe in the award winning
Carmen Jones (Old Vic). The role highlighted his dramatic and vocal talents earning
him yet further acclaim. Following Carmen Jones and by popular demand, Gary starred
in the first sell out national tour of Me And My Girl which earned him a best actor
Gary next went on to star in the world premier if the Barry Manilow musical Copacabana
at London s Prince of Wales Theatre. The same year he recorded a one-hour TV special for
the BBC Showstoppers . On airing the BBC switchboard was inundated with calls for
more, and Gary was invited to record a further series of six TV spectaculars with the BBC
Concert Orchestra and many national and international guests. He also starred in and
directed a tour of Showstoppers which proved so popular that the original 60 dates were
increased to 160.
Finishing the run of Copacabana Gary received a special invitation to recreate his role in
Me And My Girl for the final tour of this great show.
In 1997 Gary created the role of Elliot Garfield in The Goodbye Girl by Neil Simon,
Marvin Hamlisch, David Zippell and Don Black. Gary received his usual complement of
superb notices and took the show on the road in 1998. Ground breaking as always, he
ended 1998 with yet another successful characterization as Fagin in the Cameron
Mackintosh production of Oliver – touring through spring and summer 1999.
Then Gary spent a highly successful period at the Bristol Old Vic (and touring) in Willy
Russell’s play One For The Road and starred in the concert tour of Music To Watch
Girls By singing, in his own inimitable style. Next, a No.1 tour of Alan Ayckbourn’s
In 2001 Gary joined The New Shakespeare Company to play the role of Bottom in A
Midsummer Night’s Dream (Open Air Theatre Regent s Park) and the Pirate King in
Pirates of Penzance. His performance in the national tour of Giles Havergals brilliant
adaptation of the Graham Greene novel Travel With My Aunt brought with it yet more
Gary spent most of 2003/04 occupying the number one dressing room at The London
Palladium, where he was starring in the record breaking Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and
ended his year with his own national concert tour My Kind of Music taking him to
many major concert venues throughout the country.
In the summer he was invited back to The Open Air Theatre to play Dauntless Dick
Deadeye in H.M.S Pinafore, and the 2005 Christmas season saw him starring in
Santa Claus the Musical at The Mayflower, Southampton.
He was also invited back to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the 2006 Christmas season
saw him starring in Peter Pan as Captain Hook.
He has just finished a national tour of Half A Sixpence and the 2007 Christmas season
saw him starring in the Wizard of Oz as the Scarecrow.
He is currently starring as Billy Flynn in the touring production of Chicago
Gary’s solo Albums include Love Situation , The Album recorded at the historic
Abbey Road Studio with the London Symphony Orchestra and Double Standards he
describes as an album of jazz classics past, present and future.