Les Bubb is one of the most innovative and accessible physical comedians working in Europe. Career highlights include three Harry Potter movies, touring with Take That and playing 'Jim Porter’ in the 3D feature film Tarzan. More recently he wowed audiences in Japan with his performance on “Let’s challenge the world," Japan's most popular television show and in early 2018 he starts work on a new animated feature film.
From 1997 to 2002 Les starred in and co-wrote the hugely popular children's television show HUBUBB, which
ran for five series on BBC1. During this period, he also became a popular variety act on television, making many appearances across the globe.
Between 2002 - 2012, he toured extensively worldwide with his own full length theatre show MAKE YOUR BRAINS GO POP! The show successfully crossed cultural boundaries and won him many awards along the way. Closer to home, he's performed numerous times at the Glastonbury and Edinburgh Festivals.
In 2014 Les co-starred in THE WORLD CUP FINAL 1966 at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre and in 2015 he starred as the Maitre D in Theatre Damfino's THE TABLE OF DELIGHTS in Bristol & London. Last year (2017) he joined Kneehigh Theatre's touring production of THE TIN DRUM, to rave reviews.
Recent television projects include SPOT BOTS, an animated sitcom for Cbeebies and ANDY'S PREHISTORIC DINOSAUR ADVENTURES (26 episodes) for BBC Worldwide, where he played the accident prone Janitor. He also featured on ITV1's DANCING ON ICE as a 'movement expert' and ITV1's GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER 2015 as a Mentor.
Les has also worked as a slapstick & stunt consultant on the West End production of SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN and Sheffield Theatre’s THE FULL MONTY and run movement workshops for the RSC and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Les first began performing as a teenager with the National Youth Theatre, then went on to study at the
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Training continued at the Desmond Jones School of Mime in London and in Paris with Phillipe Gaulier (L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq) and Etienne Decroux.
After sharpening his skills on the streets of Europe (Les speaks several European languages) he quickly became popular with his unique blend of mime and metaphysical clowning, joining the “new wave” of alternative comedy with contemporaries Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie & Harry Enfield. He supported them live in theatres across the UK, while making regular appearances on FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE and MAX HEADROOM.
The renowned film Director, Werner Herzog sought Les’s unique talents several times, including the multimedia show VARIETE and as ‘Herr Rothschild’ in his art-house film INVINCIBLE, starring Tim Roth.
Les worked on three HARRY POTTER films; The Sorcerer’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban. More recently he voiced the role of ‘Jim Porter’ (Jane's dad ) in the new 3D animated feature of TARZAN and provided the motion-capture movements for the character.
Les remains one of the most innovative and accessible physical comics in the world. His original act; the unforgettable stuck suitcase & balloons, the invisible piano, the flying bottle and the inflated rubber-glove head, have influenced several generations of physical comedy performers… a cacophony of comical illusions!