Steve Lilly
portrait artist

Comedy Classics




March 2015


Dear Steve,

Just received my print it is so good. You have captured them and
everything so well, I can even read the writing in the bubbles on the comic.
Cannot wait to have it framed but don't want to rush into it, needs to be
absolutely right.

Dee Braben (Wife of legendary script writer Eddie Braben)


Dear Steve,

The prints have arrived.They look amazing, can't wait to frame mine and get it up on the wall!

Jane Allman (Eddie Braben's daughter)


"Your work never ceases to amaze me.

THIS particular piece takes me right back to my youth, vivid images of everyone laughing at the jolly these two greats provided and continue to. Des in the background cements that ever present ritualistic dig that held us all captive and left wanting more.

The intense immersed stare into the Financial Times and the cheeky half cocked pipe delivers more words than anyone can effectively write to describe his boyish
gaze into the Dandy world."

Susan Goater (Author and Creative Writer)


North Norfolk Railway

Holt Station

20th - 21st September 2014

A very British weekend!

After a fantastic weekend in May at Weybourne Station I travelled down the line a few miles to the picturesque Holt Station for another fun filled weekend.

A most enjoyable 1940s weekend on the North Norfolk Railway what a great way to spend a weekend!, sharing a stall with Captain Mainwaring and two stupid boys, footfall was brisk and the weather just about held out.

Over the years this event has attracted more and more visitors and more and more exhibitors. It is widely felt to be one of the best events of its type in the country. People who attended last year were booking accommodation before they left as they enjoyed it so much!




Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd JUNE

A fun packed weekend was had by all at the seventh annual On The Buses Convention held in Borehamwood. The event kicked off with a location tour on board a classic red Routemaster bus. The main hub for proceedings was the Fairway Hall. Steve Holden displayed part of his massive memorabilia collection, Jimmy Stanley performed his On The Buses song and Craig Walker held a book signing event for his latest release: An A To Z of On The Buses. The later was of particular personal interest as I created the cover artwork. Books are available from:

As usual I had my stall of merchandise and happily trade was brisk. The event was also a good opportunity to catch up with friends from the fan club and those connected with the classic comedy on a professional basis. An impressive guest list included: Ron Chesney (co-writer and one of the world's finest harmonica players), Anna Karen (Olive), Stuart Allen (producer), Pamela Cundell (Mrs Fox from Dad's Army), Andria Lawrence-Dorler (Turnaround Betty), Harry 'Aitch' Fielder (extra in over 800 productions), Robin Stewart (Bless This House) and Roy Skeggs (saviour of Hammer Films). It was also great to meet up again with Judy Buxton and Jeffrey Holland who certainly need no introductions.  




Saturday 14th JUNE

The Laurel and Hardy museum teamed up with the Beggar's Theatre and Cumbria Culture to organise Another Fine Fest, to celebrate the birth of Ulverston’s most famous son Stan Laurel. A brilliantly full day of events ensued, with an eclectic array of street theatre, drum troupes, circus acts, storytellers and strange beasts along with live comedy.

I had a great day in the esteemed setting of the Laurel and Hardy Museum my pitch over looked the stage so I had an excellent view of a host of fantastic stage shows including 'Hats Off  To Laurel & Hardy' a brand new performance about the lives of the famous double act. The show, by Lucky Dog, followed six five-star reviews at Brighton Fringe last year. There was also ukulele and circus skills workshops and face painting for families, workshops and a live stage outside. Throughout the day I watched as a fabulous wall mural of Stan evolved before my very eyes courtesy of live graffiti art from aerosol art collective Primal Science.

Finally, to round off a fine day PAUL MERTON and Chums played the Roxy. Paul needs no introduction, he’s been on our screens for many years. He’s a silent comedy fan too, a knowledgeable one at that. Paul brought his Impro Chums to the Roxy cinema in a show that harked back to Whose Line is it Anyway, taking ideas from the audience to build a truly unique show.


Dad's Army Live!

24th - 25th May 2014

North Norfolk Railway, Weybourne Station


In collaboration with the Dad's Army Museum I set up shop on the picturesque North Norfolk coast for the weekend. I must pay massive thanks to everyone connected with the Dad’s Army Museum and also all the staff at Weybourne Station for making me feel so welcome. At one point on Saturday morning the weather threatened to wash everything and everyone away. Deluge aside I had a brilliant weekend, meeting some fabulous characters and even had the privilege of a ride in Jones’s van!

The North Norfolk Railway offers far more than just a train ride travelling through some of Norfolk’s stunning coastal countryside. Poppy Line operates a steam train service over the five miles from Sheringham to Holt. The main station was built in 1900 although other structures, of the appropriate era, such as the signal box, waiting room and footbridge have been 'imported' from other locations. (BR, on the closure of the line, raised the station and track, apart from the main station building). Its main claim to fame is as the location of the 'Dad's Army' episode, Royal Train, although it is frequently used by other film makers and artists.



MARCH 22nd/23rd 2014



I set up shop for the weekend with my wife Ellie at the Memorabilia Show and we had an absolutely fantastic time. Sales were brisk and we met some fantastic characters many of whom were in costume. 

Thousands of sci-fi fans, movie buffs and autograph hunters flocked to the NEC to meet a host of special guests ranging from Phil Davis (Whitechapel, Sherlock); James Cosmo (Game of Thrones, Braveheart) and The Wire’s Clarke Peters to Doctor Who stars such as Paul McGann, Peter Purves and Louise Jameson. Other guests at Britain’s biggest collectors’ event included Bond girl and Space 1999 star Catherine Schell; horror icon Michael Berryman; Billy Murray from EastEnders and The Bill; ’70s cheeky chappie Robin Askwith; Man About the House star Brian Murphy; ace stuntman Marvin Campbell; a cast reunion for Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory and more Star War’s actors than you could shake a lightsaber at.

An A-Z of On The Buses


Written by Craig Walker

Cover artwork by Steve Lilly

Published by Mirador Publishing

An A-Z of On The Buses is a book that will appeal to fans of all generations of the smash hit sitcom. It contains a wide range of entries consisting of mini-biographies of every actor, actresses and crew member credited with working on the comedy on the small and big screen, anecdotes from some and rare interviews with the late Bob Grant. Also information on the buses used and what became of them, the studios and production companies involved as well as character biographies. A range of photos also found throughout the book captures the flavour of the subject matter very well. If you grew up watching the original screenings of On The Buses prepare for a nostalgic trip down memory lane or if you were brought up on repeats that run to the present day then learn about some of the references that you may not have understood. An A-Z of On The Buses is a book for all ages to last for all-time.

As of 28/2/14 An A To Z of On The Buses can be purchased and downloaded here:-