Lost Voice Guy Lee Ridley has said winning Britain’s Got Talent changed his life as people now “seem more comfortable talking to a disabled person”.
The comedian, who has cerebral palsy and uses a communication aid for his stand-up routine, won the ITV variety show in 2018.
“Winning has changed my life in so many ways,” he told Radio Times magazine.
“It’s enabled me to go on tour and write a book, but one of the best things to happen is that people are engaging with me a lot more.
“I’m always getting stopped for selfies and, for the first time, people seem comfortable talking to a disabled person.”
The 38-year-old was the first comedian to win the programme.
He said: “It’s always a risk when you put yourself in the limelight like this.
“I’m quite an edgy comedian and I had to tone down my material for Saturday night television, so I wasn’t sure how well it would go down with the Britain’s Got Talent audience.
“I’m really glad that I did Britain’s Got Talent, though, and it ended up going better than I expected!”
This week’s Radio Times is out on Tuesday.