Actively working actor (Member of Equity), singer, musician, variety entertainer and after-dinner speaker
Derek Herbert trained at Crane Theatre Studios, Liverpool, and with a keen interest in variety, musical theatre, comedy and World War Two history, Derek has performed in lead acting and singing roles in musical theatre also himself producing and directing variety shows and 1940s reviews.
Theatres where Derek has played his ukulele banjo and sang include Leeds City Varieties, Blackpool Opera House, Liverpool Empire and Philharmonic Hall. Derek has performed as Winston Churchill-a character he has honed to impersonate uncannily-at many venues associated with the great statesman including Churchill War Rooms, Bletchley Park, Blenheim Palace, Chartwell House, Western Approaches HQ Museum, Battle of Britain Bunker and Cliveden House.
TV performances include various “soap operas” and Derek has portrayed Winston Churchill in “Hustle” and Director/Producer Steven Poliakoff dramas “Close to the Enemy” and “Summer of Rockets”.
Films in which Derek portrays Winston Churchill include multi-award winning and BAFTA nominated independent Gryffyn Productions film “Lawrence After Arabia” and multi -award winning short drama film “Enemy of the Heart”.
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF WINSTON CHURCHILL WITH A TWIST !
Derek pays tribute to the great man Sir Winston Churchill in costume as Wartime Prime Minister Lookalike and Soundalike delivering a life talk on Winston Churchill life which includes anecdotes, quotations closing with an extract from a famous speech (with some vocal impersonation)
AN ENTERTAINING TRIBUTE TO GEORGE FORMBY’S LIFE
Derek takes his audience on a trip down Memory Lane with the fascinating life story of George Formby including entertainment.Self-contained Derek plays both ukulele banjo and ukulele and sings well-known,foot tapping medleys,some favourite modern classics and,of course,a selection of popular George Formby songs with a little comedy added too!
THE LIFE STORY OF TOMMY COOPER-“JUST LIKE THAT ! ”
Derek’s pays tribute to the “larger than life” late gentle giant of comedy Tommy Cooper with his fascinating Tribute Show & life story which includes convincing impersonation of Tommy Cooper when telling Tommy Cooper -style jokes and performing Tommy Cooper-style magic tricks.