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Voice of Orville Keith Harris lost £7m due to his dyslexia

Keith Harris with his puppet Orville, who was a children's TV hit in the 1980s. Photo: PA

Ventriloquist Keith Harris has revealed he lost a £7 million fortune because his dyslexia meant he could not read contracts.

The 66-year-old, who found fame in the 1980s with his puppet sidekick Orville the Duck, said he was dubbed "thick" at school and never learned to read.

He claims this meant he was duped into signing unfavourable contracts.

Harris dressed as Charlie Chaplin with Orville during a Children's Variety Show performance. Credit: PA

Harris told the Mail on Sunday: "I've made about £7 million throughout my career, but I've lost it all too.

"It's all down to the dyslexia. I can't read or write. Reading contracts? I didn't, I just signed them."