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Judge backs Michael Barrymore in damages claim against police

Court rules that entertainer should receive more than nominal payment for wrongful arrest over death of man found in his pool

Entertainer Michael Barrymore is entitled to more than nominal damages from Essex police over a wrongful arrest that he says destroyed his career, a high court judge has ruled.

Mr Justice Stuart-Smith, sitting in London on Friday, ruled against the force, which had argued that the star should only receive a nominal payout. Barrymore, 65, who was not present for the decision, values his claim at more than £2.4m.

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U.K. Casting: Play Princess Diana, Michael Barrymore + More On Stage

Working Birthday is looking for performers to deliver a moved reading and selection of songs from new musical “More More More”, based on the rise and fall of TV comedian Michael Barrymore. The narrative covers his raucous public coming out, mutually abusive marriage, shifting sexuality and decades-long battle with addiction. A cross between “Jersey Boys” and “Anna Nicole”, this musical tells the true story of Barrymore’s meteoric rise to superstardom, fall into addiction, and accusations of murder. The sound is a mix of classic 80s/90s pop songs and original numbers. The company has a Litmus Fest residency at the Pleasance Theatre, at the end of which are two public performances (find out more here). The performances are ticketed and industry invitations will be sent. All actors must be able to sing and perform multiple roles. Characters: Michael Barrymore: Physically funny, a natural comedian with a dark underbelly,
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Michael Barrymore suing police over arrest

Michael Barrymore is suing the police over his 2007 arrest. The former 'Barrymore' host is seeking damages claiming his career was destroyed by speculation about his involvement in the death of 31-year-old Stuart Lubbock in March 2001, after the father-of-two was found dead in the swimming pool of Michael's Essex home during a party. The 63-year-old TV personality was not originally arrested in connection with the case - which has never been solved - although was taken in by police following a review in 2007, later being released without charge. After Stuart's death, ITV failed to renew his contract and he largely disappeared
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Sarah Harding: I'm over the hill

Michael Barrymore is suing the police over his 2007 arrest. The former 'Barrymore' host is seeking damages claiming his career was destroyed by speculation about his involvement in the death of 31-year-old Stuart Lubbock in March 2001, after the father-of-two was found dead in the swimming pool of Michael's Essex home during a party. The 63-year-old TV personality was not originally arrested in connection with the case - which has never been solved - although was taken in by police following a review in 2007, later being released without charge. After Stuart's death, ITV failed to renew his contract and he largely disappeared
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Michael Barrymore feels some responsibility over Stuart Lubbock death

Michael Barrymore has said that he feels "some responsibility " after the death of Stuart Lubbock in March 2001.

Lubbock was found dead in Barrymore's swimming pool after attending a party at the entertainer's house in Roydon, Essex.

"I just froze, that was my very first thought," Barrymore told Jeremy Kyle: Celebrity Specials yesterday (June 9) of seeing Lubbock's body in his swimming pool.

"I ran back into the house to get help, and then the two boys started giving CPR, and then the ambulance was called for and that in turn calls the police, and I was stood… just in complete shock.

"The first thing I did wasn't run away, the first thing I did was run to get help."

He continued: "I'm in the middle of a case right now which we've been working on for three years for wrongful arrest against the Essex Police."

Asked about his 'trial by media' after the incident,
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Michael Barrymore, Shaun Ryder for Jeremy Kyle celebrity specials

Michael Barrymore and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson are among the stars due to appear on The Jeremy Kyle Show.

Jeremy Kyle is to host a week of celebrity specials in June, in which he chats to five guests about a range of issues, including money, drugs and relationships.

Barrymore will appear on June 9, and will talk about his drug and drink addictions, the breakdown of his marriage and the party at his house which resulted in the death of Stuart Lubbock.

Palmer-Tomkinson will discuss her cocaine addiction and her reported relapse on June 10.

Tito Jackson, Coronation Street star Liz Dawn and Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder will also appear on the show later in the month.

Each episode will be broadcast at 2pm on ITV.

The specials follow previous one-off celebrity editions, including Alex Reid, Jodie Marsh and Leslie Grantham.
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Michael Barrymore planning TV comeback in acting role

Michael Barrymore has revealed plans for a TV comeback.

The comedian has not starred in a regular TV show since the aftermath of the death of Stuart Lubbock in his pool back in 2001. He has since had brief stints in shows such as Celebrity Big Brother.

The 61-year-old revealed to The Mirror that he has accepted an offer to take on a dramatic role in an upcoming drama.

He said: "I was offered something yesterday. It is actually for an acting part. I think the role will surprise people. It's dark. When I read the script I was excited and got a good feeling about it. Acting's my comfort zone.

"That's what I grew up doing, but comedy took over."

Barrymore - who previously revealed that he has been working in a local garden centre - added that he currently makes most of his money through repeats of his old
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Michael Barrymore to make a TV comeback

London, Sep 13: British entertainer Michael Barrymore is set to make a return to the small screen as an actor.

The funnyman, who became a household name in Britain presenting game shows such as "Strike It Lucky", fell from grace after a man was found dead in his swimming pool in 2001, and he was back in the headlines in 2011 when he was arrested and fined for cocaine possession.

Barrymore has now revealed he is attempting to carve out a new career as an actor, and has been offered his first dramatic role in a hard-hitting Tv show.

"I was offered something yesterday. It is actually for an acting part. I think.
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David Walliams 'to play Michael Barrymore in TV drama'?

David Walliams 'to play Michael Barrymore in TV drama'?
David Walliams has reportedly signed up to play Michael Barrymore in a TV drama about his life. The comedian will depict Barrymore during the height of his career in the Sky project, according to The Sun. A source said: "It's a four-part drama looking at Michael's glory years. "It shows how he was a hugely popular family man and television icon who had a number of skeletons in the closet. "David will be perfect to play him. He's great at improvising but can also portray (more)
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Barrymore Fined For Drug Possession

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Fallen British entertainer Michael Barrymore has been fined more than $1,200 (£750) for possessing cocaine.

The funnyman, who has battled drink and drug demons in the past, was held by cops last month when they found the drug in his pocket after he crashed his car in west London.

Barrymore attended a court hearing on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to possession of a Class A drug. A charge of being drunk and disorderly was dropped, and he was fined $1,248 (£780).

Barrymore was one of the highest paid TV stars in the U.K. during his heyday in the 1980s and '90s, but his popularity plummeted and never recovered after a man was found dead in a swimming pool at the entertainer's luxury home during a party in 2001.

Michael Barrymore admits cocaine possession, fined £680

Michael Barrymore has admitted a charge of possession of cocaine during a hearing at Ealing Magistrates' Court. The TV entertainer and another man were arrested last month after police reportedly found the Class A drug inside his Citroen DS3 vehicle. Barrymore, 59, was fined £680 for the offence in addition to £100 in costs. Officers had discovered a crash scene while on a routine patrol at the junction of The Vale and Dordrecht Road. It was not clear who had been driving at the time. A small white rock was found by officers in Barrymore's trouser pocket, BBC News reports, and the star later tested positive for cocaine at (more)
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British Presenter Barrymore Charged With Cocaine Possession

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British entertainer Michael Barrymore has been charged with drug possession after he was involved in a car accident in the early hours of Tuesday.

The former beloved star, who enjoyed huge success hosting primetime TV shows in the U.K. in the 1990s, was arrested with another man after their car hit the curb in Acton, West London last week (begs21Nov11).

According to the BBC, police officers on routine patrol discovered the vehicle and charged Barrymore with possession of cocaine as well as being drunk and disorderly.

The two men were bailed and will appear at London's Ealing Magistrates Court on 7 December.

Michael Barrymore charged with cocaine possession

Michael Barrymore has been caught in possession of cocaine after a car crash in west London. The Strike It Rich entertainer and another man were arrested after police found the illegal Class A substance inside his Citroen DS3 vehicle. Scotland Yard say that Barrymore has also been charged with being drunk and disorderly. Police have confirmed that the arrest followed an incident that occurred in Acton at 4.30am on Tuesday morning. Officers discovered the scene while on a routine patrol at (more)
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'Celebrity Coach Trip' lineup revealed: Barrymore, Wagner confirmed

Celebrity Coach Trip's second series lineup has been announced in full by Channel 4. Ten celebrities will join tour guide Brendan Sheerin for a two-week expedition around the Mediterranean. Top of the cast list is former entertainer Michael Barrymore, who sets off with friend and Strike It Rich producer Maurice Leonard. On the journey, Barrymore reportedly falls off a horse and, partly as a result of his painkillers, apparently has a foul-mouthed confrontation with a French waiter. Among the four other original couples are Big Brother 8 duo Brian Belo with Spencer Smith and Katie Price's make-up artist Gary Cockerill alongside Phil (more)
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Michael Barrymore cancels career re-launch after suicide scare

The Sun newspaper reports today that troubled comedian Michael Barrymore has cancelled plans to re-launch his career just days after being rushed to hospital when it was feared he was suicidal.

Yesterday, Dougie Chapman – who booked Barrymore to appear at Blackpool’s famous North Pier – said that booking the comic was, “always a gamble.”

Barrymore will apparently be replaced in the billing by The Chuckle Brothers.

Chapman told the paper, “I had every faith the public would take him back to their hearts…

“I know he was all geared up for the shows and was preparing new material.

“But he has cancelled all work for the summer.”

Barrymore’s career nosedived after a guest at a party in his home was found dead in Barrymore’s swimming pool.

Michael was cleared of any wrong doing in the death of Stuart Lubbock, but the incident has dogged both his personal and professional life ever since.
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Barrymore 'falls off horse' on 'Coach Trip'

Michael Barrymore has had an accident while filming Channel 4 reality show Celebrity Coach Trip, say reports. The former Strike It Rich presenter fell off a horse during one of the daily activities on the teatime series. According to The Sun, Barrymore spent a day recovering in a hotel in France after suffering bruising and a chipped tooth. The TV star has also apparently booked himself in for an Mri scan. Barrymore will be among the (more)
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TV review: The House That Made Me; Dirk Gently

Watching Michael Barrymore dragging up old ghosts is difficult, painful, fascinating – and that wallpaper is still giving me nightmares

James Donaghy: Dirk Gently should get a full series

God, what happened to Michael Barrymore? He's looking decidedly lived-in: bloated, blotchy, edgy and a bit slurred. I guess that's what happens – with age, all the living, the troubles, alcoholism and everything else, the limelight, then the limelight being switched off so suddenly and dramatically. It all takes its toll. He's in The House That Made Me (Channel 4).

The house that made Barrymore was knocked down, but they've done up another flat on the same Dickens estate in south London to look exactly like the one he grew up in – with all the same things in it, and the same wallpaper. Actually, that wallpaper – orange, geometric and hellish – may account for a lot; I'm having nightmares just thinking about it.

Going
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Tonight's TV highlights

The Royal Variety Performance | Dirk Gently | The House That Made Me | Jamie's Christmas Lock-In | Misfits | Eastbound & Down

The Royal Variety Performance

8pm, BBC1

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are in their box for the 82nd annual shindig. Michael McIntyre will be introducing them to the likes of Take That, Kylie Minogue, Cheryl Cole, Russell Watson and the Chelsea Pensioners, as well as comedy from John Bishop, Sarah Millican and Jack Whitehall. Rv

Dirk Gently

9pm, BBC4 In a comedy based on Douglas Adams's novels, Stephen Mangan stars as detective Dirk Gently, whose investigative technique is based on "an unswerving belief in the fundamental interconnectedness of all things" – even when he's searching for a missing cat. Happily, the switchback script here, by Howard Overman (Misfits), has a kind of pointedly whimsical quality that's pure Adams. Less happily, there are moments when Mangan's kinetic energy overwhelms the rest of the cast.
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Scott Capurro's Position (with Michael Barrymore) – review

Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London

One day, someone will make a great film, or write a great book, about Michael Barrymore. Maybe he'll do it himself – but that's harder to imagine. He experienced extraordinary fame, followed by an extraordinary fall from grace, with evidence of maladjusted vulnerability thrown in. Since the dead body of Stuart Lubbock was found in his swimming pool in 2001, Barrymore has been doomed to live in the image of his earlier celebrity. Whether or not he was in any way culpable for Lubbock's death (he has never faced charges relating to the incident), he will, presumably, never escape its shadow. All he wants to do is make us laugh – but can we?

Barrymore has seldom talked about his feelings relating to the case and its aftermath. He almost certainly wouldn't do so on TV. So his appearance at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern is a coup for comedian Scott Capurro,
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Barrymore opens up over Lubbock death

Michael Barrymore has reportedly admitted that he was partly responsible for the 2001 poolside death of Stuart Lubbock. The former presenter, who was arrested twice during the investigation, conceded that he should not have invited him back to his home. The 53-year-old was eventually cleared of all charges. Barrymore witnessed the incident, but Lubbock's father Terry only recently closed an eight-year campaign for justice. Speaking to the Sunday Mirror, Barrymore said: "Do (more)
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