Hartlepool funnyman Danny Posthill proved himself to be a true star in the final of Britain’s Got Talent.
The lovable impressionist climbed off his sick bed to deliver a fantastic routine that impressed the judges and audience alike.
And although the 28-year-old didn’t scoop the £250,000 prize and the chance to perform at the Royal Variety Performance – he finished seventh – he was still a winner in the eyes of his hometown.
The former Brierton School pupil wowed the judges with a side-splitting routine with impressions including Paddy McGuinness, Keith Lemon, Johnny Vegas and Geordie presenters of the hit ITV show, Ant and Dec.
His performance was even more remarkable after he admitted he’d been suffering from a migraine in the build-up to the show.
Judge Amanda Holden told him: “Your material was slick and better paced. You smashed it, that was your best performance.”
David Walliams said: “People absolutely love you, you were fantastic.”
And Alesha Dixon told Danny his act was “hilarious”.
The 28-year-old, who grew up in the Rift House and Fens areas of Hartlepool, hopes the show will be the “big break” he craves in showbiz, having worked in panto and done stints on cruise ships and holiday parks.
He said: “The support I’ve had has been really, really good to say the least. It’s great to put Hartlepool on the map, it’s a lovely town and the people are just the best. It’ll always be home.”
Dog act Jules and Matisse was crowned winner of the show after the public vote.