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Christopher Biggins
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Book Description

21 Sep 2009
There's only one Christopher Biggins. The man who was crowned the King of the Jungle on TV's I'm a Celebrity ...Get Me Out of Here! has been at the heart of the entertainment universe for more than forty years. His radiant personality and wicked sense of humour have made him a hit with millions of fans and won him the admiration of many of his peers. But just who is the person behind that infectious laugh? Within these pages, the man affectionately known as 'Biggins' finally reveals all...In this candid autobiography, Biggins tells the full story of his colourful, packed life. He tells of how, after winning his first role at a local theatre he headed to Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where his contemporaries included Jeremy Irons - with who he went on honeymoon! Thanks to diverse television roles such as Poldark, Porridge and Rentaghost, Biggins became one of the best-known faces on television and on the stage. Fortune shone on Biggins when he was the surprise contestant on I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! in 2007. His genuine personality, his appetite for fun and the gusto with which he approached the dreaded Bushtucker trials all endeared him to his fellow contestants and the public, who wasted no time in voting him winner of the show.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (21 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184454852X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844548521
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 900,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Biggins is a veteran actor.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who knew? 23 Dec 2013
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Breathes there anyone with soul so shallow that he has not seen Biggins on TV, and wondered?

You'll remember the song lyric, 'Where do you go to my lovely, when you're alone in your bed, What are the thoughts that surround you, I want to look inside your head?' Well, that's how I feel about Biggins. And now comes the volume that allows you not only to look inside the Biggins head, but to find out for the first time what motivates this fascinating character. But we could have gone so much deeper into Biggins than this light-hearted memoir allows.

It's Biggins's heroic modesty that prevents him from revealing too much about his many gifts, and that's a pity. Some of his remarkable achievements are skimmed over in a few short paragraphs.

Yes, it's enlightening to learn that he played Shakespeare, but I should have liked to have discovered more about his years in the Hull Kingston Rovers' first team squad, initially as a second rower, later moving to prop. There's less than a page covering those years, and that includes a quick mention of the time he went out pleasure fishing (not a euphemism) in a Grimsby trawler and caught the largest halibut ever landed in the North Sea, 14-and-a-half stone it weighed. He fought with it for more than two days during which he lost part of an ear and four of his fingers turned blue.

I should have liked to have read more about that story. Also, who knew Biggins invented blu-tac? How that came about - how, for instance, he discovered he could produce the sticky, viscose, substance - would, I'm sure, have made an interesting yarn, especially as he produced yards of the stuff during the day, while playing Widow Twanky at Guildford in the evenings, and matinees twice a week.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ubiquitous Biggins. 8 Dec 2012
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As overthetop in his autobiography as he is on TV on 'Loose Women' appearances and it was an eyeopener to me that he is also a serious actor although he has found his real niche in panto which he honestly says also pays his bills. Great stuff.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a charmer! 8 Oct 2008
If you like larger than life personalities telling brilliant showbusiness or theatre or television of film anecdotes then this is the book of the year! Christopher Biggins is a far more rounded character - in every sense - than you might imagine. His booming voice and sense of fun bounce off every page of this book - if you want a pick up then his joi de vivre will do the trick. He freely admits that he never took his life, or his career, too seriously (and neither, interestingly, did his friend Jeremy Irons). It's wonderful to read a book by someone who focuses on the good times, rather than competing to say 'my childhood was more miserable than yours'. Though the thought of Mr Biggins living in a caravan as a boy is a bit of a shock. Best, though, are all the good times. You can see why so many people want him around and why he's always flying off to some new party. Read this for the Queen, Laura Bush and Bea Arthur anecdotes alone. More please Mr B.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining 6 Nov 2012
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Terrific anecdotes. Biggins no shrinking violet, wears his heart on his sleeve. An honest account of his life so far.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant read 14 Mar 2013
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I thought this a pleasant enough read - the sort of book you might take on holiday, or read when you have the flu. It's amusing and light-hearted, and Christopher Biggins comes across as a cheerful, warm bloke. But although life has clearly not always been easy for him, everybody he meets is marvellous, and all his friends are wonderful. A little more realism would have been welcome, and I get the feeling that if he had shown us a bit of his inner cattiness (and haven't we all got some?) it might have been a more interesting book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent read 20 Oct 2012
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this took me by surpise--it was very funny and entertaining--i thought it would be annoying etc--but was a great read--so try it and see
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars FUN FROM BIGGINS 20 May 2011
It is difficult not to like Chris Biggins - he is clearly such a lovely man. This book takes us from his days at Salisbury Playhouse through great successes, financial hardships up to life in the jungle on 'I'm A Celebrity...'

Other reviewers are right, he is a terrible name dropper and too many references to "My dear friend [fill in blank]" can be a bit of a drag, but all in all, it is a fun read - not too heavy but genuine and honest. Not a classic, but by no means a dud either.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oooo err 15 May 2014
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Good old Biggins. He is what he is and I like him for it. An enjoyable romp through name dropery, good old carry on laughter, and kitsch
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
I enjoyed this book very much. It does give you a good insight into Biggins the person. I also have a close link to this book as I come from where he first began.
Published 2 months ago by Red Tracey
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I only really read autobiographies and this is a great read, what wonderful memories & friends. Would recommend this book.
Published 5 months ago by E_22.10
3.0 out of 5 stars Biggins' Story
I must admit although I like his story so far, (I'm only half way through) I have grown a little tired of all the references to the named 'pals' Biggins has made through his life. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Surreymaid
5.0 out of 5 stars BELOVED BIGGINS.
Published 7 months ago by liberty lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Such a heart warming book. Laughter and tears. Quite a rollercoaster of a life. Some name dropping but not a kiss and tell book. Well worth a read
Published 8 months ago by Sheridan
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like theatre this is your book.
Fun story with great anecdotes enticing you to read on - every page offered something different. Biggins is an excellent story-teller, even when for real.
Published 12 months ago by Jennifer Conchie
5.0 out of 5 stars biggins
Chris biggins story told really well, enjoyable, happy and some sad parts too it but worth reading, he is a truly funny man
Published 12 months ago by adrianne
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
The Book was interesting To read all about his Life And i would recommend it to anyone who wants To read it
Published 14 months ago by Unknown
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining
I really enjoyed Biggins' book, he is very honest and open about events in his life and as usual is sense of humour has me laughing out loud.
Published 14 months ago by cake creator
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed
Another great read, funny and interesting a must for all biggins fans. Most enjoyable. Would recomend this book to anyone who enjoys reading
Published 15 months ago by carol lynne griffiths
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