Christopher Biggins

Christopher Biggins

Dec. 16th, 1948
Born in
Oldham, Lancashire, England, UK

Christopher Biggins' Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Psychoville (UK) TV Show
Psychoville (UK)
I'm a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here! (UK) TV Show
I'm a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here! (UK)
Porridge (UK) TV Show
Porridge (UK)
Revelations TV Show
Mongrels (UK) TV Show
Mongrels (UK)
My Bare Lady TV Show
My Bare Lady
Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (UK) TV Show
Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (UK)
The Weakest Link (UK) TV Show
The Weakest Link (UK)
Cluedo (UK) TV Show
Cluedo (UK)
Casting Couch (UK) TV Show
Casting Couch (UK)
Dark Towers (UK) TV Show
Dark Towers (UK)
Dramarama (UK) TV Show
Dramarama (UK)
The Phoenix and the Carpet (UK) TV Show
The Phoenix and the Carpet (UK)
Watch this Space (UK) TV Show
Watch this Space (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Biggins was born in Oldham, Lancashire, and brought up in Salisbury, Wiltshire, where he took elocution lessons and participated in local drama groups. His first big stage role was at the age of 17 in their Stage '65 production of Molière's Le Médecin malgré lui, where he played the lead as the hapless mistaken Doctor. This led to a job at the local repertory theatre
He has been best known as a comedy actor, appearing as the regular character Lukewarm in the popular situation comedy Porridge (1974–77) starring Ronnie Barker. Other comedy shows he appeared in include Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973) and Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973, 1978). In 1976 he played Nero in the BBC dramatisation of I, Claudius by Robert Graves, having been selected for the role partly on the strength of a television commercial in which he had played a Roman emperor presiding over the games. He also appeared in the BBC's Poldark in 1977. Despite these serious roles, his co-hosting of Surprise, Surprise and hosting children's gameshow On Safari (1982–1985) for TVS led to him being typecast as a "bubbly personality"; when asked in 2005 if he resented this, he replied
"No, not a bit of it. I'm perfectly happy being me, thank you, and I happen to know that I am afforded enormous respect from everybody I know. And anyway, I'm having something of a second wind now. I've reached the age [57] where all kinds of roles are opening up to me."

  • Formed a civil partnership with British Airways worker Neil Sinclair on December 30, 2006.
  • Was crowned King of the Jungle on the 7th season of _"I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!" (2002)_ (qv) (30 November 2007).
  • Attended the wedding of 'Joan Collins' (qv) and 'Percy Gibson' (qv).

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