Christopher Biggins is an English actor, television personality and presenter.
Christopher’s on-screen career began when he starred as the regular character Lukewarm in the situation comedy Porridge (1974–1977), which also starred Ronnie Barker. Other notable comedy shows of the 70s that he appeared in include Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973) and Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em (1973, 1978).
Christopher Biggins played Nero in the BBC adapatation of I, Claudius (1976). He was chosen for the role after appearing in a Heineken television commercial in which he had played a Roman emperor.
On children’s television Christopher had a recurring role as department store owner Adam Painting in Rentaghost (1978–1983), and he also played Reverend Whiting in Southern Television’s Brendon Chase, produced in 1980. As a children’s TV presenter he hosted the jungle-themed game show On Safari, also broadcast in the 1980s.
Other TV Work
Christopher Biggins took part in the seventh series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, becomming ‘King of the Jungle’, as voted for by viewers, in November 2007.
He took part in an episode of Celebrity Come Dine With Me on Channel 4 in February 2009 and won £1,000 for his chosen charity.
In 2014 Biggins took part in the celebrity cookery programme Celebrity MasterChef on BBC One. In the same year he took part in a celebrity edition of Catchphrase.
Christopher’s theatre roles include 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).
Christopher Biggins is well known for his performances in pantomime. His most famous role is that of Widow Twankey in Aladdin. He has also played Buttons in Cinderella.
In recognition of his stellar pantomime performances, he received the Lifetime Achievement award at the Great British Pantomime Awards.