Keith Lemon confirms ITV co-star has used a stage alias for years – before revealing their real name

KEITH Lemon has revealed his shock after discovering the real name of one of his celebrity guests on his ITV show.

The presenter, 50, has recently been filming series four of his television show Shopping… with a wide array of celebrity guests.

Keith Lemon confirmed guest's real name after years


Keith Lemon confirmed guest’s real name after yearsCredit: Rex
Keith revealed the real name of TikTok star Francis Bourgeois


Keith revealed the real name of TikTok star Francis BourgeoisCredit: Social Media – Refer to Source

Guests on his show include music artist Zara Larsson, Love Island’s Iain Stirling, pop singer Olly Murs, model Myleene Klass and many more.

Keith revealed to The Sun’s TV Mag that one of his most surprising conversations with a celebrity guest was with British media personality Francis Bourgeois.

The British trainspotter, social media personality, model, and author is most known for his light-hearted and humorous videos on the topic of trains, posted to TikTok and Instagram. 

But the 23-year-old shocked Keith after he found out his real name.

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Keith said: “Like I say about Francis, I just found his passion and excitement for trains really infectious. I loved it.

“There’s people out there, who in their mind have a stereotype of train-spotters or train enthusiasts as Francis kept saying, but he’s not a stereotype at all.

“He’s super cool and I love that he has this perceived geeky hobby or interest that he’s made cool. I think he’s inspired a lot of people to just like what you like.

“But the most revealing thing I found out about Francis is that his real name is Luke!”

This comes after the star appeared on The One Show as himself with his real name Leigh Francis – instead of his alter ego Keith Lemon.

It was the first time the comedian has gone on the BBC show as himself rather than a character.

So instead of the brash Keith, famous for wearing large hats and sporting a bandage on his hand, viewers saw a quieter figure.

Leigh said, after being introduced as himself: “Isn’t that weird? When I hear my name it’s weird.”

He appeared alongside The One Show hosts Alex Jones and Jermaine Jenas to announce a new UK tour.

The star opened up about his age, saying: “Someone online said I’d put so much timber on. Isn’t that kind? That’s because I’m old. I’m 50.

“I’m only going to get more timber I’m sure. I’m starting to look like Richard Attenborough. Welcome to Jurassic Park!

“Do you know what the PR person said? ‘Don’t wear a hat so they can distinguish that you’re not Keith Lemon you’re Leigh Francis.’

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“Now my face looks even fatter. Look at the size of my forehead, it’s like a knee. I’ve got three knees – I just caught it on that monitor.”

Shopping…with Keith Lemon returns on Wednesday, July 19 at 10pm on ITV. TV Mag is available for free every Saturday, only in The Sun.

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