Old clip of a young Matty Healy dancing to Michael Jackson on TV show goes viral on TikTok

'Oh my god he literally still dances like that now.'

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 12th September 2023

An old clip of The 1975 frontman, Matty Healy, making an appearance on some vintage British telly in what looks to have been his first-ever TV interview has been unearthed on social media and he even shows off some of his early dancing chops.

The London-born, Wilmslow-raised and still regularly Manchester-based singer, songwriter and guitarist is one of the biggest music names around and The 1975 is, without doubt, one of the biggest bands on the planet right now. They’ve come a long way from playing this city’s intimate venues back in the day.

However, it would seem the equal parts charismatic and often controversial frontman knew he was always destined for a career in entertainment all the way back in 1999 when he appeared on the BBC show, This Is Your Life.

I mean, having two well-known actor parents definitely didn’t hurt but even still, you could tell this lad was born for the stage.

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Sat in the studio audience with family as he watched on at his father Tim Healy (Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Beniform, Waterloo Road) and mum Denise Welch (Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, Celebrity Big Brother), a then nine-year-old Matty was quizzed by host Michael Aspel about his designs on showbiz.


Quickly confirming, “Well yeah actually, I do, but Dad, I might not be as good as you at acting but I’m simply a better dancer”, his father was quick to agree, “You certainly are, son”.

The long-running biography show, which ended all the way back in 2007 after 43 series, then rolled a VT of Healy doing his best Michael Jackson impression in a white shite, black trousers and black shoes and a black fedora as he danced along to the King of Pop’s iconic track ‘Bad’.


While he hadn’t quite mastered the moonwalk just yet (that came later), you could see the same kind of showmanship then as he has gone on to relish today, with his mum giggling and applauding throughout and dad Tim quick to give him a kiss and a cuddle. They shared a similar moment 25 years later when his dad joined him on stage for a surprise performance.

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After seeing Matty Healy as a kid, several joked in the comments below the video, “our little nepo baby”, “The way he still has some of the same mannerisms and moves when he dances on stage”, and, “Imagining the future of my Aries child if I encourage his little ego…”

In fact, this wasn’t the only time the British public saw a Matty Healy on telly as a kid, as even before he scored himself a little cameo on Waterloo Road like his dad, he once again appeared on another episode of This Is Your Life a year later when the programme returned to focus on mother, Denise.


Speaking then, he told the programme that he’s made “pretty good progress playing the drums” — the role he used to play in the very early days of The 1975’s formation — and was hoping to buy his mum “a new Bel-Air mansion” once he became successful.

You can see more from both that episode down below and his first appearance in full HERE.

Young Matty Healy didn’t just like dancing, he also wanted to be a ‘top-class musician’.

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