#008 - Christopher Biggins


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Christopher Kenneth Biggins is an English actor and television presenter. He is best known for his role as Lukewarm in the BBC sitcom Porridge, one of the most famous British comedy series starring Ronnie Barker.

Born on 16th December 1948 in Oldham in Lancashire, Christopher was raised in Salisbury in Wiltshire. He started his training at Salisbury Repertory Theatre and later at Bristol Old Vic as a prelude to his first West End appearance – creating the role of Head Jumbly in The Owl and The Pussycat Went to Sea.

Christopher has also taken part in a successful run of The Play What I Wrote; directed by Kenneth Branagh; and as a regular guest as The Narrator in the National Tour of The Rocky Horror Show.

Since the 70s, he has been an ever-present feature of TV output. From television comedy dramas such as Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? and Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, to BBC’s Poldark (1977), Nero and, I Claudius.

On children's television, he had a regular role as department store owner Adam Painting in the children's television

programme Rentaghost (1978–1983) and also played Reverend Whiting in Southern Television's Brendon Chase, produced in 1980.

In the early 1980s he hosted children's game show On Safari, which had a jungle-themed studio set. He was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1999, when he was surprised by Michael Aspel at the Theatre Royal, Brighton.

Christopher also managed to fit in a year with The Royal Shakespeare Company appearing in London Assurance with Judi Dench and Donald Sinden. Other theatre work includes a National tour of Side by Side BY Sondheim, Beyond The Fringe, A Touch of Spring and more recently Cluedo and On Approval. In the summer of 1990 Christopher played and sang the role of Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar at London’s Barbican Theatre.

The public crowned him King Of The Jungle in the seventh series of I’m A Celebrity – Get Me Out Of Here.

He’s an expert in the history of pantomime and his career has seen him playing dames, loveable rogues, and of course,


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