Bruce Forsyth: The amazing pictures of his early years in showbusiness

Boy Brucie the Mighty Atom: When she knighted him this week, the Queen couldn”t believe he”d started in showbiz at 14. Here are the pictures that prove it

9:58 PM on 14th October 2011

Bruce Forsyth as a young entertainer Bruce Forsyth as a young entertainer, pictured dancing

Talent on tap: The teenage Bruce Forsyth at work. During these years he called himself “Boy Bruce, the Mighty Atom” and his act consisted of playing the ukulele, the accordion and his old favourite, tap-dancing

Young Bruce made his first stage appearance in 1931 at the age of three

Young Bruce made his first stage appearance in 1931 at the age of three

At 14, Bruce left school and lopped off half of his double-barrelled name, Forsyth-Johnson

At 14, Bruce left school and lopped off half of his double-barrelled name, Forsyth-Johnson

He placed an advert in The Stage newspaper announcing that Bruce Forysth Esq. was, as he put it,

He placed an advert in The Stage newspaper announcing that Bruce Forysth Esq. was, as he put it, “Vacant for Everything”

Arise Sir Bruce: Being knighted by the Queen this week during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace

Arise Sir Bruce: Being knighted by the Queen this week during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace

Sir Bruce with his wife Wilnelia, his daughters Laura (left) and Charlotte, and son Jonathan, after he was knighted by the Queen

Sir Bruce with his wife Wilnelia, his daughters Laura (left) and Charlotte, and son Jonathan, after he was knighted by the Queen