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Christopher Biggins

Christopher Biggins is an English actor and television presenter who is best known as a comedy actor from his regular appearances on the popular sitcom Porridge (1974–77). He has also performed in pantomimes every Christmas almost without exception. His recent panto roles include an appearance as Widow Twanky in 2009, a star role in Aladdin in 2010, and a part as Mrs Crusoe in a Robinson Crusoe Panto.

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Christopher Biggins Overview

Christopher Biggins is an English actor and television presenter.

Born in Lancashire, Biggins took elocution lessons and participated in local drama groups. His first big stage role was at the age of 16 in the Stage '65 production of Molière's Le Médecin malgré lui, which led to a job at the local repertory theatre. He has since appeared in a variety of comedy shows and is best known as a comedy actor from his regular appearances on the popular sitcom Porridge (1974–77). He has made regular appearances on children’s television programmes and hosted the children’s gameshow On Safari (1982-1985).

Biggins’ film roles include The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (1999). His stage performances include a return to Joseph, Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar, and 18 months at the London Palladium in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!. He has performed in pantomimes every Christmas almost without exception: 2007 was the first time he didn’t take part in one for 38 years and was down to his role in I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, but he returned the following year to play Buttons in Cinderella. Other recent roles include co-presenting a Sunday morning radio show on BBC London in 2008, winning the TV show Celebrity Come Dine With Me in 2009, hosting the annual show West End Live in London’s Leicester Square, and playing himself as a panto director in the BBC2’s 2009 sitcom Psychoville. His recent panto roles include an appearance as Widow Twanky in 2009, a star role in Aladdin in 2010, and a part as Mrs Crusoe in a Robinson Crusoe Panto. He has also just been cast in the film version of Ray Cooney’s farce Run For Your Wife.

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