Craig Charles is currently appearing in Coronation Street, playing a philandering Taxi cab owner. He also presents a radio show on the hugely popular BBC Radio 6 on Friday and Saturday nights.
Craig was born in Liverpool on 11th July 1964.
His career began at the age of 12 when he won the 'Guardian's Poetry Award', the runner up was thirty three years old!!!!!!
From the early days, starting out as the warm-up act for bands in his native Liverpool, to achieving international status through his role as Dave Lister, the curry devouring last remaining human in BBC's 'Red Dwarf, Craig's career has gone from strength to strength.
In 1991 Craig turned his hand to presenting and hosted a consumer show called 'Them and Us' for the BBC. Two years later he was in demand again, this time presenting 'The Big Breakfast' and guest presenting the 'Wogan show'.
Live performances has always been the backbone of Craig's career and his irreverent wit, keen observation and social comment have made him one of the most popular performance poets and stand-up comedians of his generation. Craig's one man stand-up show, 'Craig Charles - Live On Earth' began it's run in 1995 at the 'Duke of York Theatre' in London's West End, with four sell-out nights, and was followed by three sell-out national tours in the space of eighteen months.
1996 witnessed one of Craig's most powerful roles to date, when he played inmate Eugene Buffy in 'Lynda La Plante's The Governor'. A dramatic role which received wide critical acclaim. But in January 1997 Craig returned to his role as Dave Lister in the seventh series of 'Red Dwarf' avidly watched by audiences in the eight million range, and so successful that it ensured an eighth series for early 1998.
1997 saw Craig co-write and star in thirteen episodes of his late night ITV network chat show 'The Funky Bunker'. He also released two books published by Penguin: 'The Log- A Dwarfers Guide To Everything' and 'No Other Blue' a graphic book of poetry which sees the first ever publication of his wide ranging poetic skills.
1999 Craig was seen in the new series of 'Red Dwarf' and presenting the cult show 'Robot Wars' which were No.1 and No.2 in the BBC2's ratings with a combined viewing figure of over 14 million!!!!
2000 Craig presented "Jailbreak" for CH5, and "Ripley Believe it or Not" for Bravo. He released a live video "Sickbag" which is backed up with a full-scale national tour.
Craig has also sold out two national UK tours with a combined total of 117 shows in between he managed to sell out shows at 'The Norway Comedy Festival', 'The Melbourne Comedy Festival' and 'The Edinburgh Comedy Festival'.
In the corporate world Craig is in as much demand for award ceremonies and event hosting as ever.
" . . . ruthless social observations, emotive poetry and the best one liners in the business . . . a stunning performance from the top draw of comedy!" Time Out
"Among the best live comedians in the country" N.M.E
"A must for any admirer of stand- up as an art" The Guardian