Strictly Come Dancing favourite Bill Bailey is waltzing all the way to the bank after building his fortune in bricks and mortar.
The comic, who is said to be worth around £4million, has launched his own firm to buy and sell properties and rent homes.
He lodged documents with Companies House to set up Kampung Pala Properties Ltd.
The writer and telly presenter has lost out on lucrative shows and speaking gigs –where he can charge up to £15,000 – due to the Covid crisis.
The name Kampung Pala is a nod to a village in Malaysia where the star has visited.
He said: “On the way back or to Australia I would stop off in Malaysia.
“I took my son to Pangkor Laut when he was a toddler, we’ve always had a fantastic time, visited Cameron Highlands.
“I’ve got a lot of Malaysian friends in London too where the ex-pat community is thriving.
“Being a huge fan of the food, a friend will go to the Malaysian High Commission to get nasi lemak [rice cooked in coconut milk] wrapped in newspaper – I’ll get her to bring as many as she can carry!
“There’s the physical warmth of the tropics, but people are very warm, welcoming and generous I’ve always found.”
Four couples are set to battle for the Glitterball Trophy in the Strictly Come Dancing final this weekend.
The telly comedian, 55, has gone from the favourite to be booted out to the bookies tip to win Strictly alongside partner Oti Mabuse, 30.
He was awarded a 10 for his dance to Rapper’s Delight by the Sugarhill Gang last month.
A clip of the routine has racked up over 2m views on Twitter, earning him rave reviews from actress Dame Joan Collins and singer Janet Jackson.
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