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Charlie Higson
Born 3 July 1958 (1958-07-03) (age 51)
Frome, Somerset, England
Occupation Actor, comedian, author
Spouse(s) Victoria L Fullick (1995–present)
Children 3 children

Charles Murray Higson (born 3 July 1958), more commonly known as Charlie Higson, is an English actor, comedian and author. He has also written and produced for television.

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Biography

Higson was educated at Sevenoaks School and at the University of East Anglia (where his brother has taught since 1986 and is now a professor of film studies) where he met Paul Whitehouse, David Cummings and Terry Edwards. Higson, Cummings and Edwards formed the band The Higsons of which Higson was the lead singer from 1980 to 1986. They released two singles on the Specials' 2-Tone label. Higson then became a plasterer - including plastering the student house of Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie[1] - before he turned to writing for Harry Enfield with Paul Whitehouse and performing comedy. He came to public attention as one of the main writers and performers of the BBC Two sketch show The Fast Show (1994–2000). He worked with Whitehouse on the radio comedy Down the Line and is to work with him again on a television project, designed to be a spoof of celebrity travel programmes.[2]

He worked as producer, writer, director and occasional guest star on Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) from 2000 to 2001. Subsequent television work has included writing and starring in BBC Three's Fast Show spin-off sitcom Swiss Toni. He is currently starring in Tittybangbang series 3 on BBC Three and has appeared as a panellist on QI.

He published four novels through the early to mid 1990s which take a slightly dystopian look at everyday life and have a considerably more adult tone than his other work, with characters on the margins of society finding themselves spiraling out of control, leading him to be described by Time Out as 'The missing link between Dick Emery and Brett Easton Ellis' [3]

In 2004, it was announced that Higson would pen a series of James Bond novels, aimed at younger readers and concentrating on the character's school-days at Eton. Higson was himself educated at Sevenoaks School where he was a contemporary of Jonathan Evans, current Director General of MI5. The first novel, SilverFin, was released on 3 March 2005 in the UK and on 27 April 2005 in the U.S. A second novel, Blood Fever, was released on 5 January 2006 in the UK and 1 June in the U.S. The third novel, Double or Die, was published on 4 January 2007 having had its title announced the day before. The next, Hurricane Gold, came out in hardcover in the UK in September 2007.[4] In this year he also made a debut performance on the panel show QI. His final Young Bond novel, By Royal Command, was released in hardcover in the UK on the 3 September 2008.[5]

Charlie has signed a deal to pen a new series of children's books for Puffin. According to the author, "They are going to be action adventures, but with a native American angle.” [6]

Bibliography

Novels

  • King of the Ants (1992), ISBN 0-241-13207-X
  • Happy Now (1993), ISBN 0-241-13363-7
  • Full Whack (1995), ISBN 0-241-00287-7
  • Getting Rid of Mister Kitchen (1996) ISBN 0316881066

YA Novels

  • The Enemy (2009) ISBN 0141384646
  • The Enemy Sequel (2010)

Young Bond

  1. SilverFin (2005), ISBN 0-14-131859-7
  2. Blood Fever (2006), ISBN 0-14-131860-0
  3. Double or Die (2007), ISBN 0-14-132203-9
  4. Hurricane Gold (2007), ISBN 0-14-138391-7
  5. By Royal Command (2008), ISBN 0-14-138451-4
  6. SilverFin: The Graphic Novel (2008), ISBN 9780141322537 (with Kev Walker)
  7. Danger Society: The Young Bond Dossier (2009), ISBN 9780141327686 (authored short story included in book)

Non-fiction

  • The 'Fast Show' Book (1996), ISBN 0-7522-2267-8 (with Paul Whitehouse)

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External links

Preceded by
Raymond Benson
1997-2002
James Bond writer
2005-present
Succeeded by
Sebastian Faulks
2008







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