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Keith Chegwin
Born 17 January 1957 (1957-01-17) (age 53)
Bootle, Liverpool, England
Occupation Television presenter
CEO Cheggers Bingo & Chegwin Media Associates

Keith "Cheggers" Chegwin (born 17 January 1957 in Bootle) is an English television presenter, former child actor and singer.


Early career

Chegwin's early roles were in works of the Children's Film Foundation, appearing as Egghead Wentworth in The Troublesome Double (1967) and Egghead's Robot (1970). Chegwin's most prestigious acting role was that of Fleance in Roman Polanski's 1971 film Macbeth. He then had smaller parts in The Liver Birds, The Adventures of Black Beauty, My Old Man, ITV's The Wackers, and The Tomorrow People in 1975. His last major acting role was in the 1975 film Robin Hood Junior, although he had two small roles with Tom Courtenay in the Chester Mystery Cycle (1976) and 23 years later in the 1999 film Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?. He appeared in TV ads for products such as Pepsi, Barley Water, Tizer, and Cadbury Creme Eggs.

He performed in West End stage shows such as Tom Brown's School Days with Russell Grant and Simon LeBon, and The Good Old Bad Old Days with Anthony Newley and Captain Pugwash, written by Bill Kenwright.

In the 1970s he had a career as a singer releasing singles on the Pye Records label and hitting the charts as a member of the pop group Kenny. He also worked as a disc jockey for 194 Radio City[1], plus 4 years at BBC Radio One.

Career as a TV Presenter

In the mid 1970s he moved away from acting and became a household name presenting programmes such as Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, Cheggers Plays Pop and Saturday Superstore [2]. As Brown Sauce, he and Swap Shop co-presenters Maggie Philbin and Noel Edmonds released the pop single "I Wanna Be a Winner", which reached number 15 in January 1982, and a follow-up single as The Saucers called "Spring Has Sprung".

Chegwin's career waned in the late 80s and 90s because of his alcoholism, a struggle detailed in his autobiography, Shaken But Not Stirred. [3] He hosted the Sky TV talent programme Sky Star Search in 1990.[4] He stopped drinking after his appearance of the Richard & Judy show This Morning on 5 November 1992. Chegwin's career regained speed in 1993 when he presented the "Down Your Doorstep" outside broadcast segment on The Big Breakfast, in which he cried, "Wake up you beggars, it's Cheggers!". He subsequently hosted the show itself, and went on to present a revived version of the 1970s gameshow It's a Knockout in 1999 on Channel 5.

In 2000 Chegwin presented the Channel 5 and Yorkshire TV program Naked Jungle, which later became infamous as the UK's first naked game show.[5] He was originally asked to host the show clothed, but opted to join in the spirit of things. According to the Daily Mail, the show "plumbed new depths [of indecency on television]".[citation needed] He identifies Naked Jungle as "the worst career move" in his entire life.[6] The programme and Chegwin were condemned in the House of Commons.[6]

Chegwin presents regularly on GMTV. He appeared in an episode of the sitcom Extras in 2006. He has his own recording studio and video edit suite and does his voice over work from home.[6] He frequently sends in jingles to the Chris Moyles Breakfast Show on Radio 1.

Keith Chegwin works alongside Graham Fisher's International It's A Knockout. Cheggers Knockout Rodeo Show also travels the country putting on corporate events and family vacations. [7]

Oxygen Studios released the video game Cheggers` Party Quiz on 26 October 2007[8] for the PS2, Wii and PC.[9]

In 2009, Chegwin appeared at the DW Stadium,Wigan during Wigan Warriors home game against Castleford Tigers as part of the home side's Community Day.

Chegwin hosted the Children's BAFTA television & Film Industry Awards in London. He has been asked to present the Children's BAFTAs again.[6]

Personal life

Chegwin is the brother of DJ Janice Long.[10][11] He married Maggie Philbin in 1982 [12] and the couple had a daughter, Rose (born 29 April 1988). The couple divorced in 1993. In 2000 he married long-time partner Maria (née Fielden). They have a son, Ted (born 13 July 1998).[citation needed]

He presents on the web Cheggerstv with his co-presenter Ian Feltham.[citation needed]

In 2002, he coined the phrase "Cheggers can't be boozers", a play on the famous saying 'beggars can't be choosers', referencing his infamous struggle with the bottle.[citation needed]


  1. ^ [1] North West Radio website, viewed 1 July 2007. also
  2. ^ Newspaper Report
  3. ^ Chegwin, Keith (March 1995). Shaken But Not Stirred. Hodder and Stoughton. ISBN 978-0340639788. 
  4. ^ TVARK
  5. ^ The personal webpage of Andy Crawford.
  6. ^ a b c d Levine, Nick (2007-11-20). "Television - Interview - Keith Chegwin". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ PLAY.TM
  9. ^ [2]
  10. ^ INDB Profile
  11. ^ Cheggers Life
  12. ^ Biography Research Guide

External links

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