Phil Tufnell is one of the funniest and most sought-after celebrities on the after-dinner speaking circuit. His amusing appearances as a team captain on A Question of Sport and as a contestant in I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and Strictly Come Dancing have elevated him in the popularity stakes far beyond the cricket world where he first made a name for himself.
Barnet-born ‘Tuffers’ was a deadly accurate slow left-arm spin bowler with Middlesex and England. He took 121 wickets in 42 Tests and also played in 20 One Day international matches. Famous for being able to drop off to sleep during Test matches (in the dressing-room, although he was sometimes accused of being asleep in the field), Phil the Cat captured the nation’s imagination in I’m A Celebrity to the extent that he was voted King of the Jungle.