Our Danny’s Got Talent! – Hartlepool impressionist wows ITV judges

Danny Posthill, from Hartlepool, appeared on Britain's Got Talent.
Danny Posthill, from Hartlepool, appeared on Britain's Got Talent.

A lovable Hartlepool impressionist says the reaction he has received after performing in front of A-list celebrities on Britain’s Got Talent has been “simply amazing”.

Former Brierton School pupil Danny Posthill appeared on the nationwide television show on Saturday night and wowed Simon Cowel, David Walliam, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden with a routine of his best impressions.

The 28-year-old, who has enjoyed making people chuckle with his talents from being a young boy, took off comedians Billy Connolly, Michael McIntyre, and John Bishop, footballer David Beckham, and singer Gary Barlow.

Simon Cowell said: “I think you got a great reaction because the act was great, you’re funny. You’re good, I like you.”

David Walliams added: “What is there to say? It was brilliantly funny. It’s always nice to see impressionists do people that other people don’t do. I’m sure you’re going to do brilliantly.”

Danny received four ‘yeses’ from the judging panel, huge rounds of applause and a standing ovation from the crowd, and he was spring-boarded through to the next round.

It was a huge relief for Danny, who said he was really nervous prior to his big moment which was aired on Saturday night, his nerves only being calmed by superstars Ant and Dec, who he described as “really nice people”,

He said: “Performing in front of A-list celebrities right and front of you was a big thing for me and was a bit daunting, but half way through my set i just ignored it and looked up and enjoyed it.

“Before hand though I was really nervous, I didn’t get much sleep the night before!

“I think it’s ok to be nervous though because if you’re not nervous then you’re probably not really bothered.

Britain's Got Talent judging panel, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell.

Britain's Got Talent judging panel, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell.

“Before I was due to go on I felt the same but Ant and Dec are the loveliest people you will ever meet and they actually made me feel more relaxed.

“They didn’t really say anything specifically to me, it was just their presence.”

He added: “I was on for a couple of minutes, which is more difficult for comedians because during a normal gig you have a lot longer to warm the crowd up.

“With this you have to hit them straight away and hopefully get them on board immediately. Luckily I did.

“Having the buzzers right in front of you is nerve-wracking as well because you’re just hoping that they don’t go off. When I was waiting I was hearing other acts getting buzzed, and they’re really loud!”

Danny, who grew up in the Rift House and Fens areas of Hartlepool, has always had an eye for comedy and impressions, and would impersonate his teachers and his grass roots football team managers as a youngster – much to the delight of his peers.

Television football commentators were also a favourite of Danny’s, including John Motson and Barry Davis, as well as the late wildlife expert Steve Irwin, chat-show host Jerry Springer, and Beckham.

Danny pursued his dream and love of making people laugh, and went on to perform all over the world around the Mediterranean and South America plus summer seasons for cruise liners and numerous cabaret dates for Haven, Warners and Pontins holiday parks.

He is also a seasoned pantomime actor and played Dame Dotty Durdan opposite John Altman, otherwise known as EastEnders’ ‘Nasty Nick’, in Jack in the Beanstalk at Middlesbrough Theatre last Christmas.

There are You Tube clips of Danny’s impressions of Dame Edna, Joe Pasquale, Dara O’Brian, Alan Carr, Sylvester Stallone, Dom Littlewood and Duncan Bannatyne.

Danny, who has supported comedians Tim Vine, Bob Mills and Gary Delaney on tour, said: “The feedback and comments I’ve had from everyone has been amazing, and the support I’ve had has been really, really good to say the least.

“It’s what I’ve worked hard for all these years.

“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.”

Danny was also set to appear on This Morning on the back of his knock-out Britain’s Got Talent set.