As the former face of Family Fortunes, there is no denying that Les Dennis’s fame transcends every nook and cranny of society.
But when spray-painted graffiti of his name began cropping up in Norwich, nobody could quite understand why.
The 65-year-old funny man, who has also appeared in Coronation Street, took to Twitter to deny any involvement in the tagging.
Journalist Rob Setchell raised the alarm about the bizarre series of spray paintings.
He tweeted: “REVEALED: #Norwich appears to be the canvas for bizarre graffiti tributes to @LesDennis.
REVEALED: #Norwich appears to be the canvas for bizarre graffiti tributes to @LesDennis. Several locations given the Les treatment. Has anyone else spotted one? Does anyone know who is behind the 'SurreaLesm' movement? @AccidentalP @Aiannucci @rickygervais pic.twitter.com/2knkwkaXPb
— Rob Setchell (@RobSetchell) November 21, 2018
“Several locations given the Les treatment. Has anyone else spotted one? Does anyone know who is behind the ‘SurreaLesm’ movement?”
Les Dennis saw the tweet, and quickly tweeted: “It wasn’t me.”
Les went on to give an interview about the confusing situation to James O’Brien on LBC Radio.
He said: "It’s kind of crazy. I’m not condoning it at all, whoever it is who is doing this, I’m saying you shouldn’t be graffitiing public or private spaces.
"But it seems to be that there is a low-rent Banksy out there who is obsessed with my name."
He continued: "I promise it wasn’t me. You’ve got my word for it, that’s all I can give.
"I know the song by Shaggy called It Wasn’t Me when it was him. I’m not being cryptic here. It really wasn’t me."
Twitter users also revealed that they had seen the graffiti on Fishergate and in St Benedict’s Street.
Les Dennis looked happy to catch up with old friends
(Image: Daily Mirror)
Meanwhile, poet Rachel Doyle even penned a tribute to the unusual artwork.
She tweeted: “Art it comes in many forms Paintings, photos, dance,
“We realise how great it is Quite often at first glance,
“Usually graffiti though Can be a proper menace,
“But I think it’s rather cool When it just says Les Dennis.”
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