Christopher Biggins is an English actor and television presenter.
Christopher Biggins appeared as the regular character Lukewarm in the situation comedy Porridge (1974–1977) starring Ronnie Barker. Other early comedy shows he appeared in include Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973) and Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em (1973, 1978).
He played Nero in the BBC dramatisation of I, Claudius (1976), from the novels 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.
On children’s television, he 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. In the early 1980s Christopher Biggins hosted children’s game show On Safari, which had a jungle-themed studio set.
Christopher Biggins 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 2014, he took part in the celebrity cookery programme Celebrity MasterChef on BBC One. In 2014, he took part in a celebrity edition of Catchphrase. He voices It’s Not Me, It’s You on Channel 5.
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).
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 2017, he received the Lifetime Achievement award at the Great British Pantomime Awards.