Keith Lemon Tattoo: The Reason Behind His Bandage

By Tharmini Kenas

21st February 2020

Keith Lemon Tattoo: The Reason Behind His Bandage

Keith Lemon, also known as Leigh Francis wears a bandage on his hand and it has always aroused curiosity. Is he wearing the bandage because he is hurt? 

Is that Keith Lemon’s tattoo? Why is he hiding it? Is he lying about it or is he facing any medical conditions? Could it a rude tattoo that is not appropriate for the public? 

These are some of the questions Keith Lemon’s fans and his audience might have. Well, we are going to tell you all about Keith Lemon’s tattoo as well as some interesting stories about him. 

Before We Reveal The Truth About Keith Lemon’s Tattoo, Who Is He? 

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Keith Lemon was born as Leigh Francis. Portraying the character Keith Lemon in several shows in ITV and ITV2, Leigh Francis chose to be Keith Lemon who is well-loved by the British household. 

He is a stand-up comedian, actor, director, producer, writer, voice artist, and ex-caricaturist. The 47-year-old multi-talented artist portrayed Keith Lemon in shows such as Celebrity Juice, Keith Lemon’s LemonAid, Through the Keyhole, and The Keith Lemon Show. 


His very successful game show, Celebrity Juice has featured TV stars such as Joey Essex, Freddie Flintoff, Gemma Collins, and Chloe Sims. 

Another of his show Shopping with Keith Lemon even featured Amanda Holden, DJ Nick Grimshaw and many others. 

Let’s just say that Keith is not a stranger in the British entertainment industry. 

Keith Lemon Or Leigh Francis? 

One has to decide who they want to be, or can they shift between two personalities and manage to impress, humour and entertain all at the same time?

Keith Lemon, sure can! 

And here’s a surprising truth bomb: He prefers Keith over Leigh Francis! 

“People have said to me I should do more interviews as myself but I feel a bit egotistical sat talking about myself. I’m not Leigh Francis the stand-up comedian.

“I sell my ideas – so when I’m promoting my ideas I tend to do it in character. I don’t really harp on about my personal life. Not that I’m especially private or anything it’s just I don’t think people are interested really.”

The Few Times He Was Leigh Francis! 

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To fulfil a promise he made to his wife, he presented himself as Leigh Francis to receive the Best Digital Programme award for Celebrity Juice

Thanks to his wife Jill Carter who is a beauty therapist. She sure knows her way around Keith! 

“I promised her Keith wouldn’t be there so we could just have a bit of time on our own being normal. You can tell it’s me instead of Keith because I’ve got my hair tied back into a tiny bun… 

“My executive producer, Leon Wilson, said it feels like I’m coming out! But I won’t be doing it again. I don’t want anyone to know who I really am — I prefer being Keith. Everyone goes a bit weird when it’s just me.”

Having said that, he had also made appearances in shows like The Frank Skinner Show, Loose Women, Big Brother’s Little Brother, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, and The Museum of Curiosity.

Speaking Of Curiosity, Let’s Get Back To The Bandage In His Hands…Could It Be Keith Lemon’s Tattoo? 

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Keith often wears a bandage on his right hand. 

His fans have been wondering and speculating about it for years! 

He used to say that he has a rude tattoo and his TV producers were not quite happy with it. 

“I often wear a bandage on my wrist as I have a rather unorthodox tattoo right there and while I would argue it is a lively form of artistic expression, unfortunately, most television producers tend to disagree.”

“Over the years my bandage has become part of who I am and I always carry a spare in my pocket.

“Girls are forever coming up and asking me how I’ve hurt myself.”

But, in 2018 he received his BAFTA without the bandage and shockingly, without the tattoo! 

Fun Fact: He won the award for Best Entertainment Performance for Celebrity Juice

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Interestingly, the truth was finally revealed during his interview on the Chris Moyles Show on radio.

“Obviously there’s nowt wrong with my hand whatsoever, but it’s an artistic expression, like when Nelly wears a plaster on his cheek.”

That, ladies and gentlemen, is the story behind his (in)famous bandage and Keith Lemon’s tattoo!

5 Interesting Things About Keith, Apart From His Non-Existent Tattoo

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  1. Leigh Francis created Keith Lemon, he didn’t just play a role assigned to him.
  2. Leigh has a real friend named Keith Lemon. 
  3. Keith Lemon likes spicy food and his favourite place is Nandos!
  4. Keith Lemon adores presenter Fearne Cotton. (Mind you, it’s Leigh who is married to Jill!)
  5. Keith is yet to identify his sexuality. 
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