Alan "Deadly" Dedicoat
(born 1 December 1954, in Hollywood in Worcestershire
) is probably best known as the "Voice of the Balls" on the National Lottery
programmes on BBC One
. He also reads the news on BBC Radio 2
's weekday breakfast programme, Wake Up to Wogan
. Indeed, he acquired the nickname "Deadly" from Sir Terry Wogan
The son of a newsagent, he was educated at King Edward VI Camp Hill for Boys in Birmingham, and the University of Birmingham. He then worked in the Civil Service as an Executive Officer. In 1979 he joined BBC Radio Birmingham at Pebble Mill as a presenter before moving to BBC Radio Devon.
After 4 years in the West Country, Alan moved to London to join the Presentation Department of BBC Radio 2 at Broadcasting House, and later became its head, a position he holds to this day.
In 2005, Dedicoat made his US TV debut as announcer for ABC's Dancing with the Stars.
He is the co-owner of a Routemaster (one of London's famous red buses) with Charles Nove, Ken Bruce, Steve Madden and David Sheppard..