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 where all kinds of roles are opening up to me."
Christopher Biggins (born 16 December 1948) is an English actor and television presenter. He formed a civil partnership with his partner of 14 years, air steward Neil Sinclair, on 30 December 2006 at Hackney Register Office. Biggins did not perform in pantomime in Christmas 2007 as he was taking part in I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, making this the first time he has not performed in a pantomime for 38 years. Biggins was eventually voted the winner of the show on 30 November 2007.
On children's television he had a regular role as supermarket manager 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 gameshow On Safari, a game show with a jungle-themed studio set.
Biggins appeared in the Big Finish Productions audio drama The One Doctor, based on the television series Doctor Who. His film roles include The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) and "The Baker" in the 1999 Video Version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. His theatre roles have included "The Baker" in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar, and 18 months at the London Palladium in the stage adaptation of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (where he was teamed in a double act with Louise Gold).
In 2008, he briefly co-presented a Sunday morning radio show on BBC London with Lesley Joseph.
Biggins is well known for his performances in pantomime. His most famous role is that of "Widow Twankey" in the traditional British pantomime, Aladdin. He has also played "Buttons" in Cinderella.
Biggins did not perform in pantomime in Christmas 2007 however, as he was taking part in I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, making this the first time he has not performed in a pantomime for 38 years. Biggins was eventually voted the winner of the show on 30 November 2007. Biggins returned to pantomime the following year at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton playing the role of Buttons in Cinderella. Biggins was the winner of the television show Celebrity Come Dine With Me, first shown on Britain's Channel Four, on 15 February 2009.
Biggins hosts an annual show West End Live in London's Leicester Square.
In 2009 he played himself as a pantomime director in the BBC Two sitcom, Psychoville. At the Southport Flower Show in August 2009, Biggins launched a new hybrid tea rose called Olivia. Sales of the rose will benefit the Claire House charity. At the end of 2009 he was in pantomime in Plymouth playing Widow Twanky.
In 2010 he was a celebrity guest team captain on What Do Kids Know? along with Rufus Hound, Joe Swash and Sara Cox on Watch.
In 2010, Biggins is to appear as a guest star narrator in The Rocky Horror Show at the *Belfast Grand Opera House (March and April), at the *Sunderland Empire Theatre (June), *Southend Cliffs Pavilion (September), *Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin and also at the *Liverpool Empire Theatre (October).
In 2010 Biggins will star in Wolverhampton's Aladdin Pantomime at the Grand Theatre.
In 2010 Biggins played God in the BBC adult puppet comedy Mongrels.
In May 2011 Biggins starred in the second series of Channel 4's Celebrity Five Go To... in which the celebrities visited South Africa.
In 2011 Biggins played the part of Mrs Crusoe in Cardiff's Robinson Crusoe Pantomime, in the New Theatre.
In 2012 he was cast in the film version of Ray Cooneys farce Run For Your Wife.
In December 2012 he will be returning to the Theatre Royal, Plymouth in Dick Whittington.
In December 2013 he will be filling the role of Dame Trot alongside Bob Carolgees in a production of Jack and the Beanstalk at New Theatre, Hull.
Just Biggins: My Story by Christopher Biggins
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: John Blake (February 1, 2010)
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There’s only one Christopher Biggins! The man who was crowned the King of the Jungle in TV’s I’m a Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here! has been at the heart of the entertainment universe for more than 40 years. His radiant personality and wicked sense of humor have made him a hit with millions of fans and won him the admiration of many of his peers. But just who is the person behind that infectious laugh? In this candid autobiography, Biggins tells the full story of his colorful life. For the first time, he speaks about his Lancashire roots and how as a child he battled serious illness and dreamed of becoming a vicar. He tells of how he dreamed of breaking away and finding a different kind of life, a dream which began to be realized when he headed to London and the Old Vic after winning his first role in panto at his local theater. Thanks to television roles as diverse as Poldark and Rentaghost, Biggins became one of the best-known faces in television. Yet the path of fame and fortune was not always easy. Although he knew he was gay, Biggins covered up his true sexuality, fearing it would affect his blossoming career. He also had his fair share of adversity to overcome, such as brushes with the law and his downward spiral into debt. But overcome them he did, and on the hit show I’m a Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here!, his genuine personality, appetite for fun, and the gusto with which he approached the dreaded Bushtucker Trails all endeared him to his fellow contestants and the public. Like its author, this book is both candid and hilarious. It is a bursting with anecdotes, celebrity gossip, and tales of a life lived to the full. After all, nobody knows show business like Christopher Biggins.
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