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Monday 5 October 2015

Ventriloquist Keith Harris: I lost £7m over my dyslexia

By Alex Diaz

Published 28/07/2014

Ventriloquist Keith Harris has revealed he lost a £7m fortune because his dyslexia meant he could not read contracts.

The 66-year-old, who found fame in the 1980s with his puppet sidekick Orville the Duck, said he was dubbed "thick" at school and never learned to read.

It meant he was duped into signing unfavourable contracts and still continues to work today despite recovering from a severe form of cancer in the spleen.

Harris, who lives in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, with 48-year-old wife Sarah and their two children, told the Mail on Sunday: "I've made about £7m throughout my career, but I've lost it all too. It's all down to the dyslexia."

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