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Christopher Biggins is an English actor and television presenter. He hosts an annual show West End Live in London’s Leicester Square. 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. In 2017 he recorded two songs for the album Wit & Whimsy – Songs by Alexander S. Bermange (one solo and one featuring all of the album’s 23 artists), which reached No. 1 on the iTunes comedy album chart.
|Net Worth||$12 million|
|Occupation||Actor, Comedian, Television presenter|
Christopher Kenneth Biggins was born on December 16, 1948 (age 73 years) in Oldham, Lancashire, United Kingdom. He is the son of William and Pamela Biggins. Christopher was brought up in Salisbury, Wiltshire and attended St Probus school where he took elocution lessons and participated in local drama groups. His first lead stage role was at the age of 17 in a Stage ’65 production of Molière’s Le Médecin malgré lui, leading to work with a local repertory theatre company.
Christopher Biggins’s earliest roles include Upstairs, Downstairs in Series 2, as the character Mr. Donaldson in the episode “An Object of Value” (1972). He appeared as the regular character Lukewarm in the situation comedy Porridge (1974–1977) starring Ronnie Barker. His other comedy shows, he appeared in include Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973) and Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em (1973, 1978).
Biggins played Nero in the BBC’s version of I, Claudius (1976), dramatized from the novels by Robert Graves, having been selected for the role partly on the strength of a television commercial for Heineken in which he had played the Roman emperor Nero presiding over the games. He also appeared in the BBC’s Poldark (1977) as the Reverend Osborne Whitworth, in Minder in the episode “The Bounty Hunter” (1979) and the TV miniseries Masada (1981).
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On children’s television, Christopher Biggins 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. He had a leading role in The Phoenix and the Carpet (1997) and a supporting role as a villainous antique dealer, Mr. Benger, in the Look and Read serials “Dark Towers” (1981).
His co-hosting of Surprise Surprise and hosting the children’s game show On Safari (1982–1984) for TVS, led to his being typecast as a “bubbly personality”. He was asked in 2005 if he resented this situation replying:
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 was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1999, when he was surprised by Michael Aspel at the Theatre Royal, Brighton. He appeared in The One Doctor, one of Big Finish Productions audio dramas based on the television series Doctor Who.
Biggins appeared in Shed Productions programme Bad Girls as himself in 2003. He featured heavily in Episode seven where he was held hostage by a group of prisoners protesting over the change of management in the prison. During the episode, he strikes up a relationship with many inmates, but one in particular, Buki Leicester, whom he invites to live with him in episode fourteen of the same series.
He took part in the seventh series of I’m a Celebrity…Me Out of Here! in 2007. He was eventually voted the winner of the show on 30 November 2007. He took part in an episode of Celebrity Come Dine With Me, first shown on Channel 4 on 15 February 2009. He won £1,000 for his chosen charity. In 2009, he played himself as a pantomime director in the BBC Two sitcom Psychoville. In 2010, he was a celebrity guest team captain on an episode of What Do Kids Know? along with Rufus Hound, Joe Swash and Sara Cox on Watch. Also in 2010, he played God in the BBC adult puppet comedy show Mongrels.
In May 2011, Christopher Biggins starred in the second series of Channel 4’s Celebrity Five Go To, in which the celebrities visited South Africa. In 2013, he appeared on The Celebrity Chase, where he was the first person in the history of the show to answer all 6 questions correctly while going for a higher offer. However, in 2014, he took part in the celebrity cookery programme Celebrity MasterChef on BBC One, and returned again in 2020, for a Christmas Special. In 2014, he took part in a celebrity edition of Catchphrase. He voices It’s Not Me, It’s You on Channel 5.
On 28 July 2016, Biggins entered the Celebrity Big Brother house to participate in its eighteenth series. He was chosen by the public to take part in the first secret mission. He was removed from the house on Day 9. The show’s producers stated that Biggins had made “a number of comments capable of causing great offense to housemates and the viewing public” with regard to antisemitic comments to his fellow housemates, as well as his view of bisexuals, whom he described as the “worst type” and blamed for the spread of HIV/AIDS. Forty-four people complained to Ofcom about comments Biggins made, but Ofcom ruled that he was not in breach of broadcasting rules.
Christopher Biggins’s 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 2010, Biggins appeared 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)[needs update], Southend Cliffs Pavilion (September), Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin and also at the Liverpool Empire Theatre (October).
Biggins has performed in pantomime. He has played Widow Twankey in Aladdin (in Plymouth in 2009, Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton in 2010), Buttons in Cinderella (at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton in 2008) and the title role in Winnie the Pooh. In 2011, Biggins played the part of Mrs. Crusoe in the Robinson Crusoe pantomime at the New Theatre, Cardiff and returned to the Theatre Royal, Plymouth in Dick Whittington in December 2012.
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In December 2013, he was cast in the role of Dame Trot alongside Bob Carolgees in a production of Jack and the Beanstalk at New Theatre, Hull. In 2014, he was in a production of Peter Pan as Mrs. Smee in Southend, Essex. In 2017, he received the Lifetime Achievement award at The Great British Pantomime Awards.
Christopher Biggins’s film roles include The Sex Thief (1973), Eskimo Nell (1975), It Could Happen to You (1975), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), Adventures of a Plumber’s Mate (1978), Derek Jarman’s The Tempest (1979), and “The Baker” in the 1999 film Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. In 2012, he was cast in the film version of Ray Cooney’s farce Run for Your Wife.
Christopher Biggins has expressed his admiration for former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. He admits in his autobiography that he cried on the day she resigned, saying: “I’m not the most political of people. But I believe in self-reliance and getting on with the job in hand. Margaret had seemed to personify all that. And she had star quality, which of course I loved.” In 2014, he said: “I loved John Major, he was charismatic and charming. I’ve always been a Conservative, though I would have voted for John Smith. I hope we have a new Conservative leader making his way to the top now. We need a new man.”
Christopher Biggins is now openly gay and formed a civil partnership with his partner, Neil Sinclair, on 30 December 2006 at Hackney Register Office. Biggins was married to his wife Beatrice Norbury who is an Australian actress from 1971 to 1974. However, during a 2012 interview on ITV’s Loose Women, Biggins said that he felt same-sex marriage should not be legalized, stating that marriage “is for heterosexual couples”. Despite this, on 29 March 2014, Biggins attended the “I Do To Equal Marriage” event which celebrated the introduction of same-sex marriage in England and Wales.
Christopher Biggins net worth
How much is Christopher Biggins worth? Christopher Biggins net worth is estimated at around $12 million. His main source of income is from his career as an actor and television presenter. Biggins successful career has earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy cars trips. He is one of the richest and influential actors in the United Kingdom. However, in 2008, he briefly co-presented a Sunday morning radio show on BBC London with Lesley Joseph. In 2014 and 2015, Biggins sat in for Liza Tarbuck on BBC Radio 2 while she was away. In May 2017, he returned to BBC Radio 2 to sit in for Paul O’Grady on his Sunday early evening programme.