Les was born 12 October 1953, and is an English television presenter, actor and comedian. He was the presenter of Family Fortunes for 15 years from 1987 until 2002. He played the role of Michael Rodwell in Coronation Street from 2014 to 2016.
Dennis was born in Garston, Liverpool. His father worked in a betting shop after serving in the Royal Navy during World War II, and was listed as a football player on the books of Liverpool F.C. (but did not play for the first team). His mother worked in a factory. For a while, he lived in Speke and attended the Stockton Wood and Joseph Williams primary schools, and Quarry Bank High School after passing the 11-plus, by which time his family had moved to Childwall. He had a Saturday job in men's clothing store Burton's while still at school, and started in entertainment as a stand-up comedian in working men's clubs.
Dennis has an adult son, Philip, from his first marriage. He also had an extramarital relationship with actress Sophie Aldred, which he documented in his autobiography. He married actress Amanda Holden, his second wife, on 4 June 1995. They had a temporary split in 2000 when Holden's affair with actor Neil Morrissey was exposed in the press, before eventually separating in December 2002 and divorcing in 2003. He met Claire Nicholson in 2005. The couple have a daughter, Eleanor Grace, who was born on 24 April 2008; Dennis and Nicholson were married on 23 November 2009 in Highgate. Their son Thomas Christopher was born on 14 April 2011.