Wes Butters

Award-winning Broadcaster & Writer

Wes was born in Salford on the day Margaret Thatcher came to power. With ambitions to become a director he studied film and television at the city's university, but took a year out to read traffic and travel reports on the radio and never went back.
 
He came to national attention as the 9th host of BBC Radio 1’s prestigious Top 40 chart show, broadcasting to almost 3 millon listeners, and regularly sitting in for early breakfast, Scott Mills and Chris Moyles.

The breakfast show at Galaxy Manchester followed where he won various awards, including a Sony.

Since then Wes has guest-presented the 6 Music breakfast show, hosted a daily talk show on BBC Radio Leeds, and produced and presented documentaries and specials for BBC Radio 4. He is also an announcer for its sister station BBC Radio 4 Extra, and can be heard each week across the UK on Bauer's network.
 
On television Wes has appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Top of the Pops and ITV’s The Carry On Story, while his voice has featured in The Brit Awards, Top of the Pops, An Audience with Take That, Live 8 - and, not forgetting, in the Richard Curtis film Love Actually.

As a live host, Wes has compèred The Great Yorkshire Run, The Great Manchester Cycle, The Guernsey Music Festival, Gay Pride, on stage interviews for Waterstones and the Ambassador Theatre Group, The Christie Hospital's Walk of Hope, and many other events.

In addition to broadcasting, he is the author of two biographies: Kenneth Williams Unseen ("Enthralling", Roger Lewis, Daily Express Book of the Year review) and Whatshisname: The Life and Death of Charles Hawtrey, a number one biography on Amazon. Both books were dedicated to his daughter Maisie.

He has also modelled for Vogue, GQ and Company magazines, and was behind the infamous Crazy Frog record.

Wes is the founding director of
Mediable , an award-winning education and media production company.

A true radio natural: Sony Award Judges

A fascinating book: Daily Express
Kenneth Williams Unseen
   HarperCollins
> Whatshisname
   Tomahawk Press
A beautiful coffee table book including never-before-seen photographs, sketches and personal testimony from his closest friends, for the very first time.
 
Among the legendary comedy actor's bequests, in a will which itself was controversial enough to require re-examination, was a large cache of private papers and memorabilia inherited by his godson, Robert Chiddell, and subsequently acquired by Wes Butters.
 
This material, none of which had been seen before, included scripts and drafts by Williams, lectures and speeches delivered by him, a large number of superb photographs from all phases of his career, and creative writing which even extends to a fictional recreation of his own turbulent Cockney childhood.
 
Without ever arranging it formally Williams had unwittingly assembled a brilliant scrapbook of his life. Kenneth Williams Unseen is that scrapbook, enlarged and emboldened by contributions from those who knew and loved him and is a must for every fan of the great man himself. 
An extensively researched and compelling book, featuring scores of exclusive interviews, including Hawtrey's inner circle and surviving descendents, never-before-seen photographs,
private documents and correspondence.
 
Hawtrey started out as a child actor in silent films, was England's leading boy soprano and worked alongside a positive who's who of the thirties and forties. He had directed films and produced West End shows, starred in three hit TV series and was a prolific radio actor for the BBC. Yet he was never content and spent his life desperately searching for stardom and success, which, in his own deluded way of thinking, always failed to live up to expectations. 
 
He wasn't the least bit interested in his reputation or leaving a legacy, growing old disgracefully in Deal, the Kent seaside town he lived in for the last twenty years of his life: collapsing in pubs; swearing at autograph-hunting children; and, taking home teenage rent boys (one of whom set fire to Hawtrey's cottage, with Hawtrey still inside it).
"Enthralling. This book is an unmissable account of a comedian who teetered on the brink of all-out lunacy." 
Roger Lewis, Sunday Express, Books of the Year review
 
"Five star superseller." 
Bertrams Buyer's Notes
 
"Kenneth himself commented that ‘I wonder if anyone will ever touch the things that were once a part of my life and ask themselves what manner of man I was’. Now, thanks to Wes Butters, we all have the opportunity to get as close as most of us will ever get to doing just that." 
Cinematicworld.co.uk
"A fascinating book."
Simon Edge, Daily Express

"Who would expect a former Radio 1 DJ to make such a self-effacing biographer? This splendid, sympathetic book is a worthy tribute."
Marcus Berkmann, Daily Mail

"Beginning with the embittered recluse lends the text a more retrospective gaze than many memoirs, allowing readers a view into the origins of the actor's self-destructive attitudes and habits which sits well with Butters' analytic style."
Britmovie.co.uk
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  1. GQ magazine
  2. Company magazine
  3. Copyright 2006, Andrew Moseley @arttogether
  4. Vogue magazine
  5. Music Week
  6. In The Smiths Room at the Salford Lads Club
  7. The making of Twice Ken is Plenty for BBC Radio 4
  8. With Janice Long hosting the Guernsey Music Festival
  9. With Paul Gambaccini
  10. With Arthur Smith at BBC Radio 4 Extra
  11. c.1984
  12. Hosting series of live football events, Leeds
  13. With Howard Marks
  14. Broadcasting on BBC Radio 4 Extra
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