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Christopher Biggins

 

Christopher started his training at Salisbury Playhouse and later at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School as a prelude to his first West End appearance – creating the role of 'Head Jumbly' in The Owl and the Pussycat Went to See...

A season followed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, with Judi Dench and Donald Sinden at the Aldwych Theatre in London, and he created the role of Jenks in the award-winning production of London Assurance, which then transferred to the Albery Theatre in the West End.

Television appearances followed in such productions as Paul Temple, The Likely Lads, Man of Straw, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, Bronte Connection and Infidelities, and he will always be remembered for his portrayal of 'Lukewarm' in the BBC series Porridge.

Other theatre work included a national tour of Side by Side by Sondheim, Beyond the Fringe, A Touch of Spring, Cluedo, On Approval and The Three Musketeers.

Christopher will be best remembered for his performances as 'Emperor Nero' in the award winning BBC series then as Reverend Ossie Whitworth, the wicked vicar in the hugely popular series Poldark, and I Claudius also for the BBC.

Christopher then went on to appear in the television film Masada in Hollywood. Other film credits include Eskimo Nell and Applause with Lauren Bacall, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and as Stephano in Derek Jarman's film version of Shakespeare's The Tempest. He has also starred in Steven Berkoff's Decadence with Joan Collins.

In Theatre, he starred in School for Scandal at the Theatre Royal Plymouth, and as 'Nathan Detroit' in the musical Guys and Dolls with Barbara Windsor.

He has regularly acted and directed at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre and, for three years, has been artistic director of an opera and Shakespeare season in Barbados.

Children will remember him for On Safari, The Phoenix and the Carpet, L for Arnold, Dramarama, Addams Family Tree, Michael and Angelo, Brendan Chase, The Sooty Show and the cult show Rentaghost, and a wider audience will know him for his series Surprise, Surprise with Cilla Black.

Christopher played and sang the role of 'Herod' in Jesus Christ Superstar at London's Barbican Theatre, and made a recording of the show for CD.

He won particular praise for his outrageous performances in the King's Head production of Woop Di Doo. He also filmed the last episode of Absolutly Fabulous, and guested in the French and Saunders series.

Christopher has appeared in many films, including: Cold Fish; Never Better; as the Baker in Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat; Circus; and Blow Dry.

Recently, Christopher has starred in Lady Windermere's Fan, Charley's Aunt and The Pink Revue, and made two drama documentaries for the BBC: Victoria Died in 1901 and is Still Alive Today; and a programme on Surrealism.

Since the hugely successful pantomime, Dick Whittington & His Cat, Christopher has been very busy making a BBC 2 documentary, The Entertainers, and another Jonathan Meads documentary on food; he has appeared as a guest star in ITV's mammoth hit series, Bad Girls, and in the Christmas specials of The Weakest Link, Surprise, Surprise and Gloria Hunniford's Open House; and he has made a short film with Michael Kirk called Lulabelle.

Biggins has starred in a national tour of Summer Holiday, launched the Blue Peter competition to design a costume for Widow Twankey in the Pantomime. He has also made two documentaries on the hit television series Porridge and another documentary on pantomimes to be seen all over the Christmas and New Year period. He has also played the Baron in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium and also became King of the Jungle in I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! He is thrilled to be back in Cambridge for his fifth successive panto at the Arts Theatre.

 

Collectables Signed By Christopher Biggins