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BGT viewers recognise Barbara Nice from Phoenix Nights

The judges and studio audience of Britain’s Got Talent were wowed by a 68-year-old comedian who joked about bags for life and broken boilers. Barbara Nice got a yes from David, Simon, Alesha and Amanda. Read more: Simon Cowell introduces adorable addition to the family But, while viewers were similarly impressed, some were quick to […]

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The judges and studio audience of Britain’s Got Talent were wowed by a 68-year-old comedian who joked about bags for life and broken boilers.

Barbara Nice got a yes from David, Simon, Alesha and Amanda.

Barbara Nice
Barbara’s northern charm won over everyone (Credit: ITV)

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But, while viewers were similarly impressed, some were quick to point out on Twitter that they are already familiar with the funny woman’s work.

Barbara Nice is actually a creation of comic actress Janice Connolly.

The 65-year-old, from Stockport, has appeared in Peter Kay’s Channel 4 comedy Phoenix Nights as Holy Mary.

A few people felt it unfair that a professional was allowed to audition…

Viewers who didn’t recognise her loved Barbara’s funny bones.

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According to Janice’s Wikipedia page, she has also appeared in Coronation Street.

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