Many have been watching the Channel 5 documentary series “Bargain Loving Brits in the Sun” with avid interest over the last few weeks – and one face that most Beni lovers will instantly recognize is that of Wayne Edward Bellamy-Wright aka Miss Levi. Film crews followed Wayne and husband Des for the best part of 6 months, documenting the sale of his beloved “Showboat” which he built up from a derelict abandoned nightclub into a thriving restaurant and cabaret bar.
Having lived and worked in Benidorm for nearly 25 years he thinks that the production company – Blakeway North have done a great job, portraying the many different sides of the resort in a true and honest light. It’s not just lounging about and drinking all day long – there are numerous hardworking people that have built up successful businesses here who have been featured alongside Wayne.
There are 4 more episodes to come – and the finale, on Tuesday 23rd February will feature Des and Wayne’s wedding that took place in the UK last year. But he is no novice when it comes to television, appearing on breakfast television when they broadcast from the resort alongside Benidorm series cast Jake Canuso and Sherrie Hewson and also in the series itself.
Following a well-deserved break after selling Showboat, Benidorm’s favourite drag queen is back, topping the bill at The Zodiac Bar on Calle Gerona – where he first worked 24 years ago.
He will be performing there until the end of this month then move over to The Palladium for the rest of the year – which is part of the same group. You can catch Miss Levi in the highly coveted 10pm slot every Wednesday to Sunday - off on Monday and Tuesday to do the kind of things all queens do - polish the sequins, file nails and pamper!
His one man live comedy show requires many costume changes – the majority of which he has made himself, including the puppets which entailed many months in front of a sewing machine to create… another string to his bow! Wayne is certainly no novice when it comes to entertainment – having been in the business since his teens, starting off as a Butlin’s Redcoat at the Blackpool Metropole, before moving here to Benidorm. Originally from Manchester, it is there that he returned to get married to Des last October – and everyone can share those moments on February 23.
But it is Wayne’s ceaseless charity work that has earned him the most praise over the years. There is only one man in Benidorm who knows how to part people with their money for a good cause – and that’s Wayne. He manages to enlist his contemporaries, who are always willing to support fundraising events that Wayne has organised. He has such a big heart and always goes the extra mile for those less fortunate, whether it be children, animals (he has two dogs) or the annual Poppy Appeal – all causes very close to his heart. His two most notable sums raised were both for the Emaus children’s charity - €10,665 from a single afternoon event in October 2013 at Showboat and just in this last month he handed over a cheque in excess of €10,000 for a charity calendar which he instigated.
Welcome back Wayne.....