Harry Enfield: 'I don't like doing me'

His characters were once the talk of every office and school yard. Then Harry Enfield disappeared. He didn't want to do quiz shows, his writing stalled. Now he's back doing what he does best: other people

Where did Harry Enfield go? In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he was omnipresent. Forget his fellow Saturday Night Live stars Ben Elton, Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry, it was Enfield who defined the era. His character Loadsamoney became the signature tune, or supreme critique, of Thatcherism – depending on your perspective. Kelvin MacKenzie and the Sun adored the flashy plasterer, meant by Enfield as a parody – while Margaret Thatcher used the catchphrase to counter accusations she had created a greed-is-good culture, saying, "We are not a loadsamoney economy." So many of Enfield's creations became household names – the parody DJs Smashie and Nicey, acne-ridden lisper Tory Boy (part based on a young William Hague), upper class twit Tim Nice-But-Dim,

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