Dale Winton death: Jon Culshaw reveals late presenter gave him 'tips' about how to do his famous impression

Natasha Sporn

Impressionist Jon Culshaw paid tribute to Dale Winton on Thursday morning, explaining that the presenter helped him perfect his impression of him.

On Wednesday evening, Winton’s long-term agent announced the sad news that the Supermarket Sweep host had died aged 62.

As tributes from friends and fans poured in, Culshaw joined Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard on Good Morning Britain to share memories of Winton, revealing that his famous impression was made what it was with a little help from the man himself.

He said: “He had that wonderful generosity he really did, he found such fun in situations like that.

Tribute: Jon Culshaw spoke about working with Dale Winton (Ken McKay/ITV/REX)

 

“And he’d give you tips on how to do the voice. He’d say, ‘You do say sweetheart a lot, but don’t forget darling, then you’ll be giving it the full Dale’.”

Culshaw continued: “He was a dream to work with. You just felt so happy, you admired how sharp he was and how smart as a performer and as a presenter.”

But the 49-year-old also confessed that he had been “nervous” for Winton, who later joined him on stage during that sketch, seeing his impression.

He added: “Yes a little bit [nervous], but as Davina McCall describes, he had that mischief, that naughtiness, and he loved to confront that with a ‘Yes, you were saying?’ to give that flourish, that fun.”

Close friend David Walliams shared a series of anecdotes on Twitter on Thursday as he remembered his friend with fondness.

Before posting comical moments and pictures, the Britain’s Got Talent judge wrote beautifully, concluding that he “prays he has found peace”.

His tweet read: “Dale was the best company, always outrageous & hilarious.

“He adored being in show business & loved meeting fans. He devoted his life to making everyone else happy, his friends, the public & his godsons, even though he found it hard to be happy himself.”

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