Every Britain’s Got Talent winner ever including from BGT’s debut victor Paul Potts to 2020’s Jon Courtenay – The Sun
11th October 2020

JON Courtenay has joined the prestigious list of Britain's Got Talent winners after being crowned champion of the talent show's 2020 series.

Here is a list of all the victors in the show's 13-year history.

Who are the Britain's Got Talent winners?

Britain’s Got Talent launched in 2007 and since its inauguration there has been a dozen winners, some of which have gone on to forge huge careers in the entertainment industry.

From series one winner Paul Potts, who wowed the judges with his incredible vocals, to dance troop Diversity, who beat fan-favourite Susan Boyle in 2009.

Here is the full list of champions from the most recent season in 2019 to the very first series in 2007.

Jon Courtenay – series 14 2020

Jon Courtenay, 46, is a singer, songwriter,  pianist and comedian from Mosley, Manchester.

The married father of two has been performing for most of his life, having learned the piano at the age of 5.

He describes himself as  "a piano-playing funny guy who writes songs, parodies, does stand-up and loves singing songs written years before I was born."

His career kicked off as a magician, which saw him perform at theatres and hotels across the country and abroad.

As time went on, he decided to return to his long time passion of music, which has dazzled BGT viewers.

At his audition, he impressed the audience and judges by performing a comedy song while playing the piano.

The performance was enough to earn him Ant and Dec's Golden Buzzer.

In the finals, Jon performed a song about how difficult the year has been, which moved judge Alesha Dixon to tears.

After he won the £250,000 prize he said: ""Just amazing, I can't believe it. Listen, thank you. You don't know how much this means. You have changed my life, my family's life."

Colin Thackery – series 13 2019

Colin Thackery is an 89 year old Army veteran and a singer.

Colin's audition was shown on Britain's Got Talent on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

He sang Wind Beneath My Wings, made famous by Bette Midler in Beaches.

The weepy song had the audience and the judges crying, as he dedicated it to his late wife Joan, who died in 2016 after more than 60 years of marriage.

Colin won over the judges and got four yeses, landing himself a place in the live semi-finals.

For his semi-final on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, he sang We'll Meet Again, and progressed to the final on Saturday, June 2, 2019, after receiving the most votes.

During the final show, Colin was crowned winner of Britain's Got Talent 2019, after singing Michael Ball's Love Changes Everything.

Lost Voice Guy – series 12 2018

The stand-up comedian, who performs with a speech synthesiser, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was six months old.

Lost Voice Guy, whose real name is Lee Ridley, won the series in 2018 and picked up 21 per cent of the final vote.

Since winning the show, he's starred in the second series of Radio 4 sitcom Ability, which he co-wrote.

Also, he competed in American’s Got Talent: The Champions, a spin-off of the original series.

Tokio Myers – series 11 2017

The pianist impressed the judges with his blend of classical and electronic music.

He was crowned the champion in 2017 and has since released his debut album, entitled Our Generation.

Also, the musician featured on Simon Cowell’s charity single Bridge Over Troubled Water following the Grenfell Tower fire.

Richard Jones – series 10 2016

The Army man became the first magician in the show’s history to win Britain’s Got Talent in 2016.

He was crowned the winner following a moving tribute to the Armed Forces in his finale performance.

Wayne Woodward, a singer, and Stormtrooper dance troupe Boogie Storm came second and third, respectively.

Following his win in 2016, Richard bagged a one-off special called Operation Magic and toured the UK with his magic.

Jules O’Dwyer & Matisse – series 9 2015

Jules O’Dwyer and pet pup Matisse performed a difficult tightrope act to win the competition in 2015.

But it was later revealed the canine on the ropes was not even Matisse at all but a mutt named Chase, who viewers knew nothing about.

When this was brought to light more than 1,100 people complained to Ofcom and the regulator ruled viewers had been misled.

Collabro – series 8 2014

Classical music band Collabro faced tough competition in the 2014 final, as all the finalist were singers.

The five-piece beat songstress Lucy Kay and Bars and Melody to win series eight.

Since winning the show, the group have released three albums, however, the band is now a four-piece.

Original member Richard Hadfield left the group in 2016, with his departure being announced after the group returned to the BGT stage to perform that same year.

Attraction – series 7 2013

Attraction, a Hungarian shadow artist group, won the seventh series of Britain’s Got Talent in 2013.

The squad had taken part in the German version of BGT in 2012, however, they had only placed seventh.

After winning the contest, the group went on to star in live theatre productions and in a TV advert.

Ashleigh and Pudsey – series 6 2012

Ashleigh and her adorable pooch Pudsey stole hearts when they performed in series six of the talent show.

They become the first ever canine winners of Britain’s Got Talent in 2012 and beat fellow finalists Jonathan and Charlotte and Only Boys Aloud.

The twosome’s Mission Impossible inspired routine won them the prize money and the chance to perform at the Royal Variety Performance.

Pudsey later starred in his own film, Pudsey the Dog: The Movie, which David Walliams voiced.

In 2017, Ashleigh announced Pudsey had died and that in the future she would be performing with a dog called Sully.

Jai McDowall – series 5 2011

Viewers were stunned when Jai McDowall won the show in 2011, as young singer Ronan Parke was the favourite to win the series.

Ronan had been dubbed the British Justin Bieber but it was the Scotsman’s performance of Bring Me To Life by Evanescence, which won over the public.

Spelbound – series 4 2010

The gymnastic troupe really impressed Simon with their stunning routines and incredible stunts in 2010.

At the time, the music mogul said: “I can only say on live television that was one of the most astonishing things I have ever seen.”

Spelbound beat dance duo Twist and Pulse in the final and later released a DVD and performed at the London Olympics closing ceremony in 2012.

Diversity – series 3 2009

Diversity competed in Britain’s Got Talent in 2009, the same year Susan Boyle’s audition went viral.

Although, the Scottish singer was the favourite to win the series after she become a star overnight it was the dance troupe who won the show.

After being crowned the winners, the group went on to tour and appeared in countless TV shows.

Choreographer Ashley Banjo has gone on to carve a career in TV, with him joining  Dancing On Ice as a judge in January 2018.

George Sampson – series 2 2008

In series two of Britain’s Got Talent, a young George Sampson wowed judges and viewers with his impressive dance moves.

His performance to Mint Royale’s remix of Singin’ In The Rain resulted in the song itself re-entering the UK music chart and went straight to number one.

 

George later starred in Waterloo Road, as Kyle Stack, and played Gary in Mount Pleasant.

Paul Potts – series 1 2007

Paul Potts, an opera singer, became the first ever winner of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent in 2007.

He saw off competition from Connie Talbot, The Bar Wizards, Bessie Cursors, Damon Scott and Kombat Breakers to win.

Since the show, Paul has forged a successful music career and there was even a film about his life, starring James Corden, entitled One Chance.

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