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Marc Métral Still Performs With ‘BGT’ Talking Dog After Animal Welfare Investigation

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It’s hard to forget this ventriloquist dog act from Britain’s Got Talent. The audience and judges were astounded by Marc Métral and Miss Wendy, who posed as a talking dog. Their act was a bit too realistic, which caused fans to be concerned for Wendy’s health.

The RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) was contacted by Simon Cowell after fans brought animal cruelty to his attention during their season of BGT. People thought the at the time that the 61-year-old was mistreating his dog. Fans thought that Miss Wendy was shaking during their initial on-stage performance in 2015 as if she was frightened.

RSPCA Gets Involved in BGT Dog Act

Their unique act features a remote control mouth that is placed on to Miss Wendy. During the act, Métral acts as if the dog is a ventriloquist dummy. Métral does such a good job at hiding the remote control that it seems like she is actually talking.

In 2015, Simon Cowell explained the situation on Twitter, in a very long chain of tweets:

“I thought a lot about the dog act on our show tonight. It’s no secret I love animals,” Cowell tweeted.

“I believe if you can show that animals have personalities more people will hopefully respect them and show compassion.”

Cowell then shared that the show had contacted RSPCA: “we asked the RSPCA to see Wendy in rehearsals and I was told she was happy and looked after well.”

We asked the RSPCA to see Wendy in rehearsals and I was told she was happy and looked after well.

— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) May 29, 2015

He then continued on to thank fans for their concern for this BGT dog act. He wanted to ensure that his fans knew he handled the very serious topic.

As animal lovers I will always listen to your views. I would never allow any animal to be treated in a cruel way. But care that you care.

— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) May 29, 2015

From there, Métral went on to defend himself by saying that he had worked with Wendy since she was a puppy.

“She loves performing and I would never put her in a situation that would cause her distress,” he said. “She gets excited when we go to work and is always comfortable on stage.”

The dog owner duo ended up making it to the semi-finals of BGT before they were eliminated by public vote.

The Duos Stage Days Are Not Over

Métral and Miss Wendy actually continue to perform to this day. Although Métral does not use social media often, his Instagram is tagged in photos sharing recent performances. Including one post that announced performances in April 2019.

“Marc Métral has become a phenomenon thanks to his act of living dog that speaks, featured on the show Britain’s Got Talent,” says S2AProduction in their translated Instagram caption. “You can book your tickets to discover this international artist on April 9, 2021 at #ablis near #rambouillet”

On top of that, Métral and Miss Wendy went back to the talent show world in 2020. They auditioned for France’s Got Talent: Battle Of The Judges on June 23. This Got Talent show hosts acts that are previous winners, runners-up, semi-finalists and finalists. This format similar to America’s Got Talent: The Champions.

Since it’s been so long since their first BGT performance, it’s hard to know if their dog act is exactly the same as when they were on BGT, or not.

This audition was not in english since it was on France’s Got Talent, so some fans noticed a different dialectic in Métral’s voice. With five years between their television performances, the now 66-year-old ventriloquist has a different voice than he did in BGT. He and Miss Wendy’s voices were a lot lower than they were on BGT, but that could be do to the language change or aging.

Fans noticed was that Miss Wendy is still alive and kicking in this show. Métral did not share how old his dog is on either BGT, or France’s Got Talent. He has mentioned having her since she was two months old, though. Unfortunately, Métral and Miss Wendy were eliminated after their first performance on this show.

Miss Wendy, Where Are You Girl?

Since Métral doesn’t use social media, the last we saw of him was in a tagged photo. On July 4, he was tagged in a photo by Emmanuelle Bonneman on Instagram. You’ll quickly notice one thing about this photo, Miss Wendy isn’t featured in it.

“Last night, 500 people attended a dinner show with a superb set of artists happy to finally be able to play on stage,” said Bonneman in her translated Instagram caption. “Thanks to the Cénomane artistic company for the organization and to the artists, Quentin Godet, Guillaume Juncar, Marc Métral…”

Where was the mention about Miss Wendy?! I hope she’s is still in good health and we just don’t know it because of Métral’s social media absence. It would be tragic if the world’s best ventriloquist dog were to pass away without anyone knowing.

I’m happy to see the dog owner continuing to perform, even at his older age. It was obvious that performing came natural to him since the first time he stepped on BGT‘s stage. I hope he’s able to continue performing for however long he chooses, even if Miss Wendy is no longer in the picture.

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Corey Cesare

Corey Cesare is a content writer and YouTube host at talent recap. With a love of all things pop culture and an unhealthy obsession with reality television (specifically Catfish The TV show), she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Cinema/Screen Studies from the State University of New York at Oswego in 2021. Corey left her Rochester, NY roots to join the team in New York City. In her spare time, she enjoys shooting astro, nature and portrait photography and coming up with movie ideas that she hopes to make into a film someday.


Disco Dogs were the final act to audition for Series 13 of Britain's Got Talent. The group consisted of presenters Ant & Dec and co-presenter Stephen Mulhern, however this was not revealed until the end of the act. Instead, when asked questions at the start of their audition, they did not respond.

Their audition began with the trio performing to 'Hound Dog' by Elvis Presley, before switching to 'Gangnam Style' by PSY, later switching to Who Let The Dogs Out by Baha Men. At which point beach balls were released into the audience, and the Judges were given dog outfits to wear during the performance. David described the act as 'completely bonkers, and completely Britain's Got Talent', whilst Simon stated that the act was 'a great end to the show this year'. After being sent through to the next round, the trio pulled, their masks off, revealing themselves as the Britain's Got Talent presenters. Ant then remarked 'we've finally done it, we finally got through the Britains Got Talent auditions!'. They did not progress through to the semi-finals.

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The Cutest Dog Auditions in ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ History

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If you thought there are cute and talented dogs on America’s Got Talent, I’ve got to tell you, Britain really brings it when it comes to their dog acts. Let’s just say our friends across the pond are no stranger to dog training. The United Kingdom’s Britain’s Got Talent arguably has more talented dogs than America’s Got Talent. Don’t believe me? See for yourself.

1. Trip Hazard and Lucy

Trip Hazard is absolutely adorable. Trip Hazard and Lucy really put on such a great show. They danced around the stage, Hazard performed jump tricks and even walked on two legs! Their routine was flawless, the judges, and audience loved them.

2. Jules O’Dwyer and Matisse

This border collie and owner acted out being a dog on the loose, and Jules O’Dwyer was dog control. This audition was super fun with their outfits and spirit on stage! Just like Trip Hazard and Lucy, their act was extremely well rehearsed. Neither O’Dwyer nor Matisse missed a beat during their adorable audition, the audience was cheering along throughout the entire thing.

3. Diana Vedyashinka’s Hot Doggie Show

Who doesn’t love wiener dogs? Diana Vedyashinka stepped on stage with her five wiener dogs and showed the crowd their impeccable skills to follow her lead. The dogs spun, jumped, stood on their hind legs, and did it all in synchronization. You seriously don’t want to miss this one!

4. Ashleigh and Pudsey

Ashleigh and Pudsey had a Flintstones themed audition. Ashleigh wore a cheetah print dress, and crawled around the stage as Pudsey jumped over her, walked with her, and spun around with her. Their audition was very cute, but I thought it didn’t have as much energy as some of the others we’ve seen.

Britain disagreed with me since Ashleigh and Pudsey won BGT in 2012. Ashleigh later went on to Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions with her dog, Sully, after Pudsey passed away.

5. Marc Métral and Wendy

He came on to the stage and introduced Wendy as a talking dog before Wendy even came out on stage. During the audition Marc Métral asked Wendy a series of questions until she replied. This was probably the strangest act I’ve ever seen. It began as a normal dog sketch, then quickly turned into a ventriloquist act, but I’m still confused how the dog looks so, real. Is this even really considered a real dog act?

After further investigation, Wendy was wearing a mask that Métral could control and people who were just as concerned as I was reported Métral to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

6. Amanda and Miracle

Amanda began this performance by saying that they hoped to show the judges a real miracle. This dog seriously can predict the future, and I can’t wrap my head around how he does it. A dog who can do card tricks and predict the future? That’s talent.

7. Dave and Finn

Dave had David Walliams write down an object, then join them on stage. Walliams showed Finn the world on the page, while Dave was turned the other way. Walliams then returns to his seat. Finn tells Dave the word, Dave tells Walliams that the word was table. The word really was table. How did they do that?!

I guess America isn’t the only country that loves dog acts! These Britain’s Got Talent dog acts seriously brought something totally new to the Got Talent franchise. Britain’s cute dog acts have shown us flawless routines, mind bending magic and some sad, but good rescue stories. We loved looking into the past of BGT dog acts, and we cannot wait for more to take the stage in the next round of Britain’s Got Talent.

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Corey Cesare is a content writer and YouTube host at talent recap. With a love of all things pop culture and an unhealthy obsession with reality television (specifically Catfish The TV show), she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Cinema/Screen Studies from the State University of New York at Oswego in 2021. Corey left her Rochester, NY roots to join the team in New York City. In her spare time, she enjoys shooting astro, nature and portrait photography and coming up with movie ideas that she hopes to make into a film someday.

12 Best Dog Acts Of ALL TIME on America's Got Talent and Britain's Got Talent
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Ashleigh Butler and Pudsey are a dog act that won Series 6 of Britain's Got Talent. Butler received Pudsey as a birthday present upon her eleventh birthday, and he were in a little box that her mother had wrapped up for her. Butler was sixteen at the time of her audition, and believed that she and Pudsey could potentially win an Oscar. She described her bond with Pudsey as 'amazing', with her mother stating that she were 'absolutely devoted to Pudsey', before adding the fact that her whole life did not revolve 'around boys', it revolved around 'Pudsey'. Pudsey was a cross breed of a Bichon Frise, A Border Collie, and a Chinese Crusty Parlour Puff.

In the auditions, they performed to the Flintstones soundtrack, as Ashleigh crawled beneath Pudsey and Butler walked forwards as she kneeled upon the stage, as Pudsey followed upon his hind legs. Butler then had Pudsey walk upon his hind legs beside her. She then had Pudsey sit upon the stage as she kicked her legs towards him, and he placed a paw upon the leg she kicked towards him. Simon described her performance as 'brilliant', with Alesha adding that the duo were 'adorable'. She proceeded to advance onwards to the following round, and later made the semi finals.

They then performed to Peppy and George in the semis, as Pudsey walked beside Ashleigh upon his hind legs. He then sat down upon the stage in between her legs, as she lifted her legs from side to side. She then lay down upon the stage as Pudsey rolled her forwards. Pudsey then jumped over Ashleigh's back as she bent backwards. The pair then walked around the stage again with Pudsey on his hind legs, before he then walked behind Ashleigh. He then walked on all fours, before then jumping into the air, before once again walking upon his hind legs. The performance concluded with Pudsey on all fours following Ashleigh around the stage, before she knelt down upon the stage and Pudsey jumped upon her shoulder. The duo won the semi final, and advanced directly onto the final.

In the finals the duo performed to Mission:Impossible, with Butler having Pudsey sat upon her knee, as the pair entered the stage via a red chair that went down towards it. Asheligh then stood in the air, before Pudsey completed an agility course. Pudsey then followed behind Asheligh as she stood upon her hind legs. He then walked on all fours, and jumped upon the judges desk and ran across it, before later reuniting with Ashleigh. The duo then performed upon the stage again as Pudsey jumped into the air several tmes, before crawling upon the stage beside Ashleigh. Ashleigh then lay upon the stage, as Pudsey sat upon her back. The duo ultimately won the final.

After BGT

The pair performed at Epsom Downs Racecourse as part of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebrations on June 2nd 2012. In September of the same year the pair appeared on ITV2's Top Dog Model. In 2012 they also performed at the Royal Variety Performance (they won this along with £500,000 upon their BGT victory that year). In December 2012 Pudsey played The Duchess in the television adaption of David Walliams' book named Mr. Stink. On Boxing Day 2012 the pair appeared on That Dog Can Dance! hosted by Christine Bleakley (now Lampard) as judges. In 2013 the pair appeared as performers and hosts (yet later as but hosts) on Who Let The Dogs Out?, a show that they had previously toured in 2012. They also returned to BGT as guest performers during the final semi final of the following series, and returned as guest performers once again as part of a group of guest performing acts in 2016. In 2014 and 2015 Ashleigh appeared as a panellist on The Dog Ate My Homework for six episodes. In April 2015 the pair appeared as guest presenters on the 10th Young Scot Awards. In 2016 Ashleigh appeared on a celebrity edition of First Dates. The pair had guest appearances on Daybreak, Lorraine, This Morning, Alan Carr: Chatty Man, Good Morning America, T4 on the Beach, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, America's Got Talent, Red or Black?, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Loose Women, Children in Need, Pet School, Super Famous Animals, The National Television Awards, Celebrity Juice, The British Animal Honours, The British Soap Awards, two guest performances on Britain's Got Talent on the first of June 2013 and the twenty sixth of May 2014, Sam & Mark's Big Friday Wind-Up!, Good Morning Britain, Weekend, Celebrity Squares, The Gadget Show, Phillip's 24 Hour Marathon for Text Santa!, Pointless Celebrities, Reality Bites, Crufts, Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, The Saturday Show, and Ultimate Brain.

The pair appeared in Theatre productions of Dick Whittington alongside Stephen Mulhern, The Wizard of Oz, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Alice in Wonderland. On the 11th of October 2012 Pudsey released his autobiography named Pudsey: My Autobidography, published by Sphere Imprint by Little Brown as part of a £100,000 publishing deal with his owner Ashleigh Butler. Pudsey had an appearance in a movie named after him. Pudsey Died in 2017, at the Age of just 11.

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In both 2018 and 2019 Ashleigh and Sully won the best small breed agility competition at dog show Crufts. Ashleigh competed on America's Got Talent: The Champions with a new puppy, Sully and the pair were eliminated pre-finals. Simon stated that he did not her competing on the champions when they met seven years prior to AGT: The Champions and ensured to remind her that she & Sully were both champions, and so was Pudsey and that he would always be remembered.[1] Ashleigh and Sully appeared on the first series of The Champions (Series 1) performing to A Spoonful Of Sugar by Julie Andrews from the Disney Film Mary Poppins with Ashleigh dressed not too dissimilar to her with an umbrella. Ashleigh and Sully then performed together. The pair later reached the top three in a vote of live studio audience superfans to have the potential ability to progress further, yet they placed third in the vote so did not.

On Monday 28th October 2019 Ashleigh appeared on This Morning in a pre-recorded segment judging auditions for dogs to play the part of Toto along with Dr and Vetinary Scott Miller, and Oli Juste, in a This Morning production of The Wizard of Oz to be aired on the show on Thursday 31st October 2019 otherwise known as Halloween. On Wednesday October 30th 2019 the trio appeared in a pre-recorded segment deciding the top three dogs, before appearing live in the This Morning studio for the final of the competition, which began after Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby announced the dog who acted as the wildcard. After each dogs final performance the trio announced Mikey as the winner of the competition thus playing the part of Toto in The Wizard of Pawz the This Morning production of The Wizard of Oz to be shown live on air a day later.

In Winter 2020 Ashleigh had her dogs Sully and Eliza (who made her TV debut) perform several differing dog tricks, whilst 2020 BGT finalists Sign Along With Us performed a rendition of 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' by Mariah Carey by both singing and signing during the Britain's Got Talent Christmas Spectacular.


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Britain’s Got Talent: Rescue dog magic act leaves the judges and audience in tears

Everyone is basically in tears after a magic dog act and you will be too

A magic dog act left the Britain’s Got Talent judges and audience in tears.

And it will leave you crying too!

Miracle, a rescue dog and his owner Amanda will appear on Saturday night’s BGT and not only was their magic act impressive, their backstory will leave you reaching for the tissues.

As Amanda makes her way to the judging panel she explained: ‘Now Simon I know you love dogs, so in front of you are 40 of my dogs who are back home.

‘I would like you to cut those photos in to four equal piles.’

Each judge then proceeded to choose a card from each pile without showing Amanda which card they had selected.

Miracle and Amanda

Amanda continued: ‘You may wonder why I have the dogs and this will explain the story.’

The screen on the stage went on to play a video explaining why and how Amanda has more than 40 dogs.

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Starting with Miracle’s story a picture of the beloved pooch appeared on the screen with the caption: ‘He spent the early part of his life in unimaginable conditions.

‘As a victim of the dog meat trade.

‘He was discovered crushed in a cage with over 1,000 other dogs.’

When Miracle was rescued they thought he wasn’t going to make it, but he fought and Amanda’s family saved him and nurtured him back to health.

Are you crying yet?

When the clip finished playing Amanda goes on to ask the judges which dogs were on the cards they had chosen.

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And basically what happened next was nothing short of a miracle (excuse the pun).

Miracle had chosen four of his doggie pals to come to the BGT audition with him, and it just so happens they are the dogs the judges have picked.

Britain’s Got Talent continues Saturday 8pm on ITV.

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Ashleigh and Pudsey

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Ashleigh and Pudsey at the Queen's Jubilee celebrations in 2012.

Ashleigh and Pudsey was a British dog trick act, comprising trainer Ashleigh Jade Butler (born 7 February 1995) and Pudsey (28 December 2005 – 20 July 2017), a male Border Collie, Bichon Frise, and Chinese Crested powderpuff cross. They achieved prominence as contestants in the sixth series of the television talent show Britain's Got Talent, which they won on 12 May 2012, becoming the first dog trick act to win the competition.[1][2]

On 21 July 2017, Butler announced that Pudsey had died. Following his death, Butler said that her other trained dog, Sully, would take over future events but would "never become Pudsey”.[3]


Britain's Got Talent[edit]

Ashleigh and Pudsey were part of the sixth series of Britain's Got Talent. Their audition was held in Cardiff and aired on 7 April 2012. They danced to The Flintstones soundtrack. Although in 2012, four judges were introduced on the panel, on the day of recording Amanda Holden was not able to attend, therefore they performed to the remaining three. With a standing ovation from the audience and all three judges, they were put through to the next round. Simon Cowell said "Pudsey is one of the best dancing dogs I've ever seen".

They participated in the first semi-final on 6 May 2012, performing to Peppy and George. They were later voted through to the final by the public.

The final was held on 12 May 2012, where they performed to the Mission: Impossible theme. The routine involved Pudsey walking across the judging panel and then climbing onto Ashleigh's back. Later that evening, Ashleigh and Pudsey won the 2012 series of Britain's Got Talent, beating classical duo Jonathan and Charlotte.

Post Britain's Got Talent[edit]

On 2 June 2012, Ashleigh and Pudsey performed at Epsom Downs Racecourse in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.[4]

In September 2012, Ashleigh and Pudsey were guest judges on ITV2's Top Dog Model.

As part of the prize for winning Britain's Got Talent, Ashleigh and Pudsey performed at the 84th Royal Variety Performance on 19 November 2012 in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II, which aired on ITV on 3 December.[5]

In December 2012, Pudsey played the role of Duchess in David Walliams' TV adaptation of his children's book Mr Stink.

On Boxing Day 2012, Ashleigh and Pudsey were judges on ITV talent show That Dog Can Dance! hosted by Christine Bleakley.

In early 2013, Ashleigh and Pudsey were co-presenters on the CBBC programme Who Let the Dogs Out and About? which toured the UK throughout the summer of 2012. Since Autumn of 2013, Ashleigh and Pudsey have become presenters of the main show, Who Let the Dogs Out?. In April 2015, Ashleigh and Pudsey were guest presenters at the 10th Young Scot Awards.[6] In July 2016, Ashleigh took part in a celebrity episode of First Dates on Channel 4.

In March 2020, Ashleigh and Sully appeared on Crackerjack!.[7]

Pudsey the Dog: The Movie[edit]

Main article: Pudsey the Dog: The Movie

In January 2013, it was announced that Simon Cowell would produce Pudsey: The Movie. The film, which was released in the UK on 18 July 2014, follows Pudsey and three siblings Molly, George and Tommy as they move to the village of Chuffington-on-Sea with their mother Gail (Jessica Hynes) and set out to save the village from their landlord Mr Thorne (John Sessions) and his cat Faustus. Pudsey is voiced by comedian David Walliams.[8][9]


From December 2012 to January 2013, Ashleigh and Pudsey performed at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking in Dick Whittington opposite Stephen Mulhern. The deal is believed to have been worth around £150,000.[10]

From December 2013 to January 2014, Ashleigh and Pudsey performed in Dick Whittington opposite Jodie Prenger at the Opera House, Manchester.

From December 2014 to January 2015, Ashleigh and Pudsey starred in Dick Whittington at the Bristol Hippodrome.

They played the roles of Dorothy and Toto in the Easter pantomime of The Wizard of Oz at the Playhouse, Whitley Bay on 9 and 10 April 2015.[11]



Guest appearances
  • Daybreak (12 April 2012, 14 May 2012, 13 August 2012, 18 December 2012, 30 July 2013, 18 February 2014) – Guests[15]
  • Lorraine (14 May 2012, 12 April 2013, 4 December 2014) – Guests[16]
  • This Morning (10 April 2012, 14 May 2012, 10 October 2012, 8 July 2014, 13 April 2015) – Guests
  • Alan Carr: Chatty Man (18 May 2012) – Guests
  • Good Morning America (4 June 2012) – Guests
  • T4 on the Beach (1 July 2012) – Guests
  • The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11 July 2012) – Performers
  • America's Got Talent (18 July 2012) – Performers[17]
  • Red or Black? (1 September 2012) – Performers
  • The Alan Titchmarsh Show (3 September 2012, 13 November 2013, 3 March 2014) – Guests
  • Loose Women (24 October 2012) – Guests
  • Children in Need (16 November 2012) – Performer (Pudsey Only)[18]
  • Royal Variety Performance (3 December 2012) – Performers (part of the BGT prize)[19]
  • Pet School (3–5 December 2012) – Guests
  • Super Famous Animals (30 December 2012) – Contributors[20][21]
  • The National Television Awards (23 January 2013) – Award presenters and performers[22]
  • Celebrity Juice (7 March 2013) – Guest panellists[23]
  • The British Animal Honours (18 April 2013) – Award presenters
  • The British Soap Awards (19 May 2013) – Award presenters
  • Britain's Got Talent (1 June 2013) – Guest performers
  • Sam & Mark's Big Friday Wind-Up (16 August 2013) – Guests
  • Britain's Got More Talent (26 May 2014) – Guests
  • Good Morning Britain (7 July 2014) – Guests
  • Weekend (12 July 2014) – Guests
  • Celebrity Squares (17 September 2014)[24] – Guest
  • The Gadget Show (13 October 2014) – Guests
  • Phillip's 24 Hour Marathon for Text Santa (1 December 2014) – Guests
  • Pointless Celebrities (21 December 2014) – Contestants
  • Reality Bites (12 February 2015) – Guest, Ashleigh only
  • Crufts 2015 (8 March 2015) – Contestants in Dog agility
  • Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (27 February 2016) – 'Who Shot Simon Cowell?' sketch
  • The Saturday Show (5 March 2016) – Guests
  • Celebrity First Dates (15 July 2016) – Participant, Ashleigh only
  • Ultimate Brain (2016)



Year Title Role Location
2012–13 Dick WhittingtonAlice Fitzwarren and her dog New Victoria Theatre, Woking
2013–14 Opera House, Manchester
2014–15 Bristol Hippodrome
2015 Wizard of OzDorothy and Toto Playhouse, Whitley Bay
2015–16 CinderellaDarlington Civic Theatre
2016 Jack and the Beanstalk Princess Apricot Royal & Derngate Northampton
2017 Wycombe Swan Theatre
2018 Alice in Wonderland Alice Rhyl Pavilion Theatre
2020–21 Once Upon a PantoPrincess Aurora and Sully


On 11 October 2012, Pudsey's "official" autobiography, Pudsey: My autobidography (ISBN 978-0751550870), was published by the Sphere imprint of publisher Little, Brown.[25] The book formed part of a £100,000 publishing deal with Ashleigh Butler.[26][27]

Charity work and campaigns[edit]

Since June 2012, Ashleigh and Pudsey have fronted a PETA campaign calling for a ban on cruelty to animals in circuses.[28][29] In December 2012, Ashleigh and Pudsey launched a Christmas appeal alongside Vets4Pets to highlight the risks that pets face over the Christmas period.[30]

Pudsey's death and aftermath[edit]

On 20 July 2017, Pudsey was euthanised as he had terminal leukaemia.[31] Ashleigh announced Pudsey's death via her Instagram.[32] The next day, Ashleigh's management announced that her trained dog, Sully, a Border Collie, Chinese Crested Powderpuff, and Poodle cross, would step into Pudsey's paws to continue booked appearances in Panto and other future arrangements.[33]

In 2018 and 2019, Sully (full name The Closet Monster of Ashpen), along with Butler, won the small breed agility competition at Crufts.[34]

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