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Sitcom star Hugh Dennis’ fortune shot up £600,000

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Outnumbered but not out of pocket! Sitcom star Hugh Dennis’ fortune shot up £600,000 to £2.5million despite Covid lockdown

  • Hugh Dennis’ fortune shot up by £600,000 during the coronavirus lockdown
  • Actor played history teacher Pete Brockman in the comedy show Outnumbered  
  • Last year Dennis took over shares in the TV company Philosophical Productions

Outnumbered star Hugh Dennis’ fortune shot up by £600,000 despite the coronavirus lockdown, it can be revealed.

The actor, 58, who played history teacher Pete Brockman in the award-winning show, saw his £1.9 million fortune rise to more than £2.5million – a 30 per cent boost – amid the lockdown, accounts from his company Philosophical Productions show. 

The paperwork reveals that the company advanced the actor £911,000 and that he repaid £311,302 in the 12 months covered by the accounts up to the end of March this year. 

The company did so well that its tax bill, which is normally 19 per cent of profits, went up from £110,297 in 2020 to £140,238 in 2021. 

Hugh Dennis’ fortune shot up by £600,000 despite the coronavirus lockdown, accounts from his company Philosophical Productions show

The actor is famed for his role in the comedy sitcom Outnumbered with co-star Claire Skinner

The actor is famed for his role in the comedy sitcom Outnumbered with co-star Claire Skinner

Last year Dennis took over shares in the TV production company from his ex Kate Abbot-Anderson, 50, after they split.

The actor is famed for his role in Outnumbered with co-star, Claire Skinner, 56, who he is now dating, playing his on-screen wife.

The show centred around parents Pete, played by Hugh Dennis and personal assistant Sue, played by Claire Skinner, as they struggled to balance their careers with their unruly children.

The show, which was shot on location in Wandsworth, also starred Tyger Drew-Honey as Jake, Daniel Roche as Ben and Ramona Marquez as Karen

In 2019, Skinner broke her silence on her relationship with her Outnumbered co-star and called their romance a ‘lovely little life surprise’.

Speaking on ITV’s Lorraine the actress said: ‘We are (together). It’s a lovely little life surprise, isn’t it? It’s a lovely thing.’

Earlier this year, Dennis admitted that he would be ‘very happy’ for Outnumbered to return to screens after the series wrapped up in 2016. 

The actor insisted he could reprise his role in two decades, where he and on-screen wife Claire Skinner would be looked after by their children.

The Mock the Week panellist told the Radio Times: ‘I really liked making it, and I’d be very happy to do some more. Maybe in 20 years when the children are looking after us. That would be a great format.

This year Dennis admitted that he would be 'very happy' for Outnumbered to return to screens

This year Dennis admitted that he would be ‘very happy’ for Outnumbered to return to screens

The show, which was shot on location in Wandsworth, centred around parents Pete, played by Hugh Dennis and personal assistant Sue, played by Claire Skinner

The show, which was shot on location in Wandsworth, centred around parents Pete, played by Hugh Dennis and personal assistant Sue, played by Claire Skinner

‘I think it was one of those sitcoms that acknowledged how difficult it is to bring up kids and what an unholy mess it is, quite often. That stuff is confusing and confused.

‘The number of people who have come up to me and said, ”You are basically telling me the story of my own life.” But I would like to say that I’m a much better father than I appear to be on Outnumbered.’

The successful series ran from 2007 to 2014 and was followed by a Christmas special in 2016.     

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