Over 2.5 million people voted in this year’s finale, the comic beating Robert White (the bookies favourite) and Donchez Dacres, who placed second and third respectively, to be crowned the overall winner.
The 37-year-old from Newcastle has cerebral palsy which affects his ability to speak and uses a voice synthesiser for his act.
The comedian, real name Lee Ridley, has become the first ever stand-up comedian to win the prestigious award, taking home the £250,000 prize money and the opportunity to play fore the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance.
Speaking to the audience via a synthesiser after being named this year’s champion, Ridley said: “I have been blown away by the support of the judges and the general public.
“I’m very excited to perform in front of the Queen. I’ve loved her since she sang ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.”
Simon Cowell, one of the show’s judges, said: “To you, you so deserve this. I’m so happy.”
Lee was diagnosed at six months old and played his first comedy show in 2012, telling The Independent in 2014: “It was my mate who suggested that comedy might be a good idea. I couldn’t see how it would work but I’d always enjoyed stand up though so the idea stuck in the back of my head. Eventually I decided to give it a try because I knew I’d regret if it I didn’t.”
The Britain’s Got Talent finale also saw surprise appearances from the Royal Wedding’s Bishop Michael Curry and Hollywood actor Channing Tatum who announced Magic Mike will be coming to London.
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