HE had a Christmas number one single and was a star of Saturday night television in the 1990s - but did you know there's a Bradford connection to Mr Blobby.

The costume of the giant pink and yellow spotted TV star of the '90s was initially played by Bradford-born actor Barry Killerby, between 1992 and 2016.

Mr Killerby is a classically-trained Shakespearean actor, who last year launched his play The Last Act of Harry Houdini.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Noel Edmonds with Mr Blobby Noel Edmonds with Mr Blobby

He is reported to have said playing Mr Blobby was difficult, adding: "People think it's easy bouncing around saying, 'blobby', but they should try it. It was exhausting and demanding."

Mr Blobby was a character originally featured on Noel Edmonds' Saturday night variety BBC One television show Noel's House Party.

Mr Blobby communicates only by saying the word 'blobby'.

He notched up the 1993 Christmas number one with 'Mr Blobby'.

Last year, Mr Blobby featured in a Virgin Trains celebrity-filled music video featuring Sir Richard Branson starting a party to mark the operator’s departure from Britain’s railways.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

A host of familiar faces from the 1990s to present day joined train staff in celebrating the firm’s tenure as the longest-running rail franchise by re-enacting the famous lift scene from movie Dirty Dancing.

The stars also included former Bradford City manager Chris Kamara.