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17/09/2015 04:03 BST | Updated 17/09/2015 04:59 BST

'America's Got Talent' Won By British Ventriloquist Act Paul Zerdin Who Pockets $1million And Is Set For Own Las Vegas Show (VIDEO)

A British act has won this year’s series of ‘America’s Got Talent’.

Ventriloquist Paul Zerdin, from London, beat nine other finalists to win the $1million (£645,000) prize and the chance to headline his own show in Las Vegas.

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British ventriloquist Paul Zerdin

The 43-year-old, who was an early favourite to win the show, said he was ‘bowled over’ to have been voted the show’s favourite act.

Two other British acts, Stevie Starr - the Professional Regurgitator - and magician John van der Put, who performs as Piff the Magic Dragon, also made it through to the final 10.

Watch the moment he was declared the winner below (story continues after the video)

Judge Howard Stern praised the ventriloquist during the show’s live final, saying: "There's a reason Paul breezed through every single time he came on, because he is a master at what he does.

"He's taking the art of ventriloquism to new heights."

Fellow judge and former Spice Girl Mel B added: "You're a well polished act, you're flawless."

The British act is no stranger to UK audiences, having already established a successful career on this side of the pond.

He has appeared on a number of BBC children's programmes in the late '90s and has been a featured act at the Royal Variety Performance three times since 1997.

He's also already won another talent show, having been crowned the winner of ITV's ‘The Big, Big, Talent Show’ back in 1996.

It's the second time a ventriloquist has won ‘America's Got Talent’ after Terry Fator in 2007.

The US act went on to have his own Las Vegas residency at The Mirage hotel worth a reported $100m (£64.5m) over five years. He has since performed over 1000 shows.

Watch Paul’s winning act in the video above.

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