Britain’s Got Talent star Audrey Leybourne ‘dies aged 95’ – four years after appearing on ITV show

Britain’s Got Talent star Audrey Leybourne ‘dies aged 95’ – four years after appearing on ITV show

  • The performer is thought to have passed away on Thursday, however the reason is unknown
  • In the 2018 series of the ITV talent show, Audrey impressed judges and the crowd alike when she sung I Wanna Be Loved By You at the age of 90 
  • She also had appearances on TV programmes Stella and Doctors

Former Britain’s Got Talent contestant Audrey Leybourne has reportedly died aged 95.

The performer, who also had appearances on TV programmes Stella and Doctors, is thought to have passed away on Thursday, however the reason is unknown, according to The Sun.

In the 2018 series of the ITV talent show, Audrey impressed judges and the crowd alike when she sung I Wanna Be Loved By You at the age of 90.

Tragic: Britain’s Got Talent star Audrey Leybourne has reportedly died aged 95 - four years after appearing on the ITV show (pictured in 2018)

Tragic: Britain’s Got Talent star Audrey Leybourne has reportedly died aged 95 – four years after appearing on the ITV show (pictured in 2018)

When Amanda Holden asked whether she was married, Audrey hilariously responded, ‘No, I was in love many, many times… 22 gentlemen,’ which led to her being called a ‘minx’.

Audrey previously enjoyed success as a member of the dance group The Roly Polys, who made many appearances on Les Dawson’s BBC show in the 1980s.

Following her stint on Britain’s Got Talent, she appeared in a York pantomime and  had a two-episode appearance on Carters Get Rich.

She played Potty T Potts in Beauty And The Beast in her first panto performance when she was 90 years old.

Tragic: The performer, who also had appearances on TV programmes Stella and Doctors, is thought to have passed away on Thursday, however the reason is unknown (pictured in 2018)

Tragic: The performer, who also had appearances on TV programmes Stella and Doctors, is thought to have passed away on Thursday, however the reason is unknown (pictured in 2018)

MailOnline has contacted ITV for comment. 

It follows reports that judge David Walliams, 51, has quit the ITV show ahead of its 2023 series, after 10 years on the judging panel.

Weeks earlier, he was forced to apologise for describing an elderly contestant as a ‘c***’ and making vile sexual remarks about a woman taking part.

It’s thought that show bosses are already lining up a replacement before filming commences next year.

Talented: In the 2018 series of the ITV talent show, Audrey impressed judges and the crowd alike when she sung I Wanna Be Loved By You at the age of 90

Talented: In the 2018 series of the ITV talent show, Audrey impressed judges and the crowd alike when she sung I Wanna Be Loved By You at the age of 90

A source told The Sun: ‘He hasn’t taken the decision lightly, but it just feels like time to move on.’

‘David has decided to bow out after a ten-year run. He wants to leave on a high after a wonderful time.

‘His team have quietly been having conversations over the past few days where it has been made clear that David is readying himself to step down – and then producers will start to think about who might replace him.’ 

David’s co-stars, Simon, Amanda and Alesha are in negotiations for their 2023 contracts. None of them have signed a deal yet. 

A BGT source told MailOnline: ‘It’s still very much up in the air at the moment on whether David is going to take part in next year’s show. No decision, though, has been made as yet.’

A spokesperson for Britain’s Got Talent said: ‘The judging panel for Britain’s Got Talent 2023 will be announced in due course.’

Scandal: It follows reports that judge David Walliams has quit the ITV show ahead of its 2023 series, weeks after he was forced to apologise for describing an elderly contestant as a 'c***' (pictured in January 2022)

Scandal: It follows reports that judge David Walliams has quit the ITV show ahead of its 2023 series, weeks after he was forced to apologise for describing an elderly contestant as a ‘c***’ (pictured in January 2022)

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