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Sir Anthony Hopkins unveiling Tommy Cooper's statue in his birthplace - Caerphilly (The Photolibrary Wales / Alamy )
This much loved comedian and member of the Magic Circle who was born in Caerphilly was one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th century.
‘Before I start I just want to say this; this.’

Tommy Cooper didn’t have to say anything to make people laugh, probably because he had the expressive face of a clown. He was born at Llwyn Onn Street in Caerphilly where his father Thomas was a miner. His family moved to Devon when he was three.

Tommy took up show business in 1947 and quickly became one of the most inventive and funny comedians in the country. He died of a heart attack during a TV show in 1984, yet twenty years after his death he was still voted the funniest Britain of all time in a poll by Reader’s Digest magazine. Recently the Tommy Cooper Society and the people of Caerphilly have honoured their comic hero with a 9 foot high bronze sculpture of him wearing his trademark fez. Tommy was always larger than life so the 9 foot high bronze sculpture in Caerphilly is a fitting tribute.

Jim Done's bronze sculpture of Tommy Cooper (Jim Done/ CCBC)
Where to Visit?

Pay a visit to Cooper's birthplace Caerphilly, where a 9ft bronze sculpture of the comedian honours this very funny man.

Birth: Caerphilly 01 January 1921
Death: 15 April 1984
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Tommy in action!
Tommy sings Don't Jump off the Roof Dad!
Tommy Cooper
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