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Ronnie Corbett 'considered' quitting showbusiness

Ronnie Corbett
Image caption The actor is being joined by a host of other comedians for his Christmas Day show

Veteran comedian Ronnie Corbett has revealed he nearly quit showbusiness just before he got his big break.

The 80-year-old said he had vowed to find a new career by the age of 37 if he had not made it.

"Fortunately, at the age of 37 I did The Frost Report - where I met Ronnie Barker - and that turned my life round," he told the The Radio Times.

The duo became known as The Two Ronnies and went on to be one of the most popular comedy double acts in the UK.

"I always had a little plan in my mind and gave myself until the frighteningly mature age of 37," Corbett said.

"If nothing had happened by then, I would stop performing and go into the business as an artist's agent or something."

The actor is starring in a comedy show which will be shown on the BBC on Christmas Day.

Rob Brydon, Miranda Hart, James Corden and singer Charlotte Church will join the star in The One Ronnie, which will also mark his 80th birthday.

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