Lewis Carrington was born to be a star. A natural funnyman, he won the nation’s hearts in the TV documentary Grimefighters.
Known as Lew to his friends, he laughs easily as he recalls his brush with fame and as the unlikely adopted ambassador for the city of Wolverhampton.
Topping 1,500 members of his Grimefighters’ Fan Club on social networking website Facebook, Lew had his supporters clamouring for him to appear in the New Year’s Honours list.
Still a well-known character on the city streets six years after sharing his unique take on life before the cameras, Lew is now enjoying retirement from his life of grime and a cameo appearance on Harry Hill’s Get Toasted.
But hidden beneath the smiles and priceless one-liners, the jovial comic genius was struggling with another often-comedic subject – dentures.
And indirectly, the former environmental waste operative owes his celebrity status to an ill-fitting set of them. “I could have retired from the council earlier, but wanted to save enough money to get my problem fixed,” says Lew.
Wife Gill adds: “He’d seen the stories in the papers about how other people had their problems sorted out and had also done a lot of internet research.” Lew, in his late sixties, of Wednesfield, was cared for by Steven Burchell Dip CDT RCS(Eng) GDC108353, principal at the North Street Dental.