Dave Johns is an award-winning stand-up comic and has toured his one-man shows worldwide for the past 30 years.

But he is best known as an unlikely movie star following his star role in Ken Loach’s 2016 Palme d’Or and Bafta-winning film, I, Daniel Blake.

Other parts have followed, including the recently released Fisherman’s Friends and this weekend, he launches his brand new stand up show, From Byker to the Baftas, in Cumbria this weekend.

The 62-year-old had acted onstage in 12 Angry Men and on the West End stage in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, alongside Christian Slater but was surprised to get the call from Loach.

A lifelong Labour supporter, he said: “I thought – well I’m going to be in a Ken Loach film. That is not a bad book end to your career. It will always be there and I love Ken’s work.”

He’s mixing stand-up with his new career.

He says he kept making people laugh with tales of his new movie star life, adding: “One minute I am taking a Q&A at a food bank and the next I am being flown in a private plane.”

The show charts his extraordinary life and career, and is delivered with his trademark charm and twinkle and he brings it to Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake tomorrow.

Described by The Guardian as ‘hilarious and emotional… one of the unlikeliest, most uplifting stories you will ever hear’,

A Geordie with plenty to say, Johns has been part of the comedy circuit for over 30 years, and is a popular guest on television comedy shows including Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 Out of Ten Cats and The Football’s On.

He is also a talented improviser, making regular guest appearances with one of the longest running and highly acclaimed comedy improvisation teams, The Comedy Store Players in the West End.

Tickets are £14; to find out more or book tickets, visit www.theatrebythelake.com or call the Box Office on 017687 74411.