Steven Jonathan Furst (born 3 September 1967) is a British comedian, actor and writer. He starred in the Orange mobile phone cinema adverts in the UK (with Brennan Brown), playing the role of Eliot, a spoof studio executive, and has appeared regularly in the BBC comedy television programme Little Britain as well as cabaret character Lenny Beige.
Stephen Jonathan Furst
3 September 1967
|Occupation||Comedian, actor, writer|
He first worked in comedy writing for Chris Evans's Power Up show on BSB's Power Station music channel in 1990. He then set up Britain's first comedy magazine called The Heckler. In 1992, he worked as a stand-up comedian and promoter, founding comedy nights such as The Double Six Club, The Youth Club, and The Regency Rooms.
Furst also works under the name Lenny Beige, promoted comedy nights (started on the Regency Rooms) and fought the 1997 general election in Putney under that name, and had 2 series on BBC Choice with guests including Terry Wogan, Davina McCall, Claudia Winkleman, Chas n' Dave, Tony Hadley and many more.
Furst often performed (as Lenny Beige) at the Regency Rooms in London's West End which ran for a total of 10 seasons. Guy Chambers was Lenny's musical director when he also became co-writer and producer of Robbie Williams who himself made many appearances at the club. Beige also regularly appeared at Club Montepulciano; the band Hooverphonic sing about this in their song of the same name (Lenny Beige is performing spinning wheel/Club Montepulciano is what you need). After the Regency Rooms was closed in 2000 Lenny was retired. In 2006 he returned to host a series of cabaret nights at The Pigalle Club in Picadilly. His tribute show to Anthony Newley was premiered at The Pigalle Club and received 5 star reviews. In 2012 Lenny was asked to host a residency at Mayfair's Playboy Casino which he did for over 12 months. Lenny Beige Sings Neil Diamond is Lenny's newest show which first premiered at Cafe Zédel.
Since 2012, Furst has also held a role on the judging panel for the Norwich Film Festival. He has hosted a regular show on Soho Radio as himself, Lenny Beige and also The Mayor of Kentish Town.
Furst made his professional TV debut as a stand up in LWT's After Midnight. He has appeared on The Johnny Vaughan Tonight show on BBC Choice and BBC One, The Late Edition with Marcus Brigstocke and as the host on the British Hit Singles & Albums No.1 Music Quiz DVD. He has also appeared 3 series of CBBC sitcom called The Legend of Dick and Dom in which he starred alongside Dominic Wood, Richard McCourt and Chloe Bale. He is in 'Combat Kids', another CBBC show and The Dumping Ground. In 2018 he starred in the new CITV show Spy Kids as the villain Goldfist.
Furst starred in the Catterick series with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer as an assistant Police Officer called Sergeant Mingemungington. He has appeared in nearly 30 commercials in the cinema for Orange as the sidekick of the main male character played by Brennan Brown. He has also appeared in numerous other programmes; Bodies, Born and Bred, all three series of Little Britain, The Bill, Dick and Dom's Funny Business, Father Brown, Doc Martin and Tracey Breaks the News. He appears as DI Gary Cunningham in ITV's six part drama Manhunt.
In 2003 Steve appeared as Juror No.1 in the sell out show 12 Angry Men at the Assembly Rooms at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2009/10 he starred alongside Michael Brandon in Oliver Cotton's play Wet Weather Cover at the King's Head Theatre before transferring to the West End. He played Hymie in the 2011 production of Chicken Soup With Barley by Arnold Wesker at The Royal Court directed by artistic director Dominic Cook. On 27 March 2012, it was announced Furst would play the role of Mr Wormwood in Matilda the Musical, which had been playing the Cambridge Theatre in London's West End since October 2011. He replaced Paul Kaye beginning performances 17 April 2012. Furst was scheduled to be part of the world premiere cast of Made in Dagenham from October 2014, at the Adelphi Theatre in London's West End.
On 14th October 2019 Steve was conferred an Honorary Fellowship of the University of Winchester. He received his award from the University Chancellor, Alan Titchmarsh MBE VMH DL
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