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From Syco / ThamesBritain's Got Talent: SR12: Ep6 on ITVPictured: Ben Langley.This photograph is (C) Syco / Thames and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above, or ITV plc. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Plc Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website www.itvpictures.co.ukFor further information please contact:james.hilder@itv.com / 0207 157 3052 (2113367)

A pantomime comic who lives in Shimpling had judges in stitches in his Britain's Got Talent performance at last weekend.

Airing on Saturday, Ben Langley's act featured him exposing misheard song lyrics, forcing bouts of laughter from the audience and the four judges, including Simon Cowell.

"It was bizarre to be on stage in front of the judges,' said Mr Langley, 43.

"The view you see of all four of them is what you see on TV and it's uncanny."

Living in Norfolk with his wife Sarah and two sons, Elwood, seven, and Loxley, four, Mr Langley has worked extensively in theatre and is celebrating his 19th year at Norwich Theatre Royal.

He said he arrived for the audition in Manchester at 9am and did not get on stage until 11pm.

"I was worried what state the audience would be in by the time I performed," he said.

"But they loved my act and were turning to each other in fits of laughter. It sealed it when Ant and Dec came and laid down on stage to watch me.

"The thing which surprised me was Simon Cowell was laughing, I mean really laughing."

Mr Langley is currently at a comedy festival in Germany and said it was "bonkers" to be receiving so much attention so far away.

"So many lovely Tweets and comments are appearing online," he added.

"I've had so much warmth and support from people in Norfolk and those who have worked with me in the past on stage and in panto.

"One part you don't see in the show was when I ran around the stage chasing Ant and Dec and then straddling Ant. There was an explosion of laughter."

Mr Langley said he is excited for his next appearance and added the experience so far has been amazing.



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