Les Dennis reveals he saves his toe nail clippings to use as toothpicks


LES Dennis made a grim confession about his personal hygiene routine in a shocking episode of Would I Lie To You?

The former Family Fortunes host and Coronation Street star, 67, held a cue card as he told the BBC show panel: “I like to keep my old fingernail clippings so I can use them later on.”

Les Dennis left his co-stars stunned after he confessed to saving his toe nail clippings to pick his teeth
The former Family Fortunes host was sheepish as he made his grim statement on BBC show, Would I Lie To You?

It prompted a grimace from show host Rob Brydon while the other contestants were forced to see if his grim statement was in fact true.

Team captain David Mitchell asked what telly favourite Les used his nails for, as he confidently replied: “Well, if I’ve had a sandwich … and I have forgotten to get hold of a tooth pick,” before trailing off.

David followed up and clarified: “So you keep your old fingernail clippings …” before Les interjected: “If I get a really good one that’s got a nice hook in it, then I will save it for later.”

He later said how ordinary tooth picks “don’t quite get in” to the gaps between his teeth leaving the rest of the panel stunned.

Pointless presenter Richard Osman, who was appearing as a panelist, simply told how he was “appalled” at the confession.

Gavin and Stacey legend Rob then added: “We are all hoping its a lie.”

Yet the awkward truth was soon to be revealed.

Les aptly bit his nails as he said, when asked if it is true: “It is, and I promise not to do it any more now,” before pressing the buzzer that flashed up the word ‘true.’


Les is best known for presenting Family Fortunes from 1987 to 2001.

Prior to this, he took part in a number of comedy and impressionist TV series.

He partnered with fellow impressionist Dustin Gee and they had a series of their own called The Laughter Show.

Following his exit from Family Fortunes, Les also made guest appearances in Casualty, Merseybeat, Family Affairs and Hotel Babylon.

He appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2002 whilst his marriage to Amanda Holden was breaking down.

He also played Michael Rodwell in Coronation Street.

In 2020, he played Graeme in Birds of a Feather alongside his on-screen love interest Dorien Green, played by Lesley Joseph, 76.

Les promised show host Rob Brydon he wouldn’t continue with his bizarre habit

Les is best known for fronting quiz show, Family Fortunes

He has also starred in ITV soap Coronation Street

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