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Jim Davidson

Jim Davidson is firmly established as one of the country's most popular entertainers in British show business and one of the country's funniest comedians. He recently received three coveted 'Show business Personality of the Year' Awards - from the Variety Club of Great Britain, Comic Heritage, and from the Grand Order of Water Rats. In the New Year's Honours List 2001 he received an OBE for his services to charity.

In the years since emerging from television's 'New Faces' he has gone on to top theatre bills in London's West End and at major venues all over the country; to star in and host a series of prime-time television shows including BBC TV's 'Big Break' and 'The Generation Game'; to headline record-breaking summer seasons and pantomimes and a highly successful series of concert tours with his adult show. His theatre production credits include hit West End shows 'Buddy' and 'Great Balls of Fire' and major family pantomimes throughout the UK.

Jim Davidson was born in Blackheath, London, and attended St Austen's School in Charlton. He had his first taste of entertaining at the age of twelve when he was chosen to appear in Ralph Reader's 'Gang Show' at the Golders Green Hippodrome.

A few years later he found his way back into show business when he went along to a pub in Woolwich where the regular stand-up comedian hadn't turned up. Pushed into it by his friends, he ended up on stage telling gags... and the audience laughed. From then on he used to appear as often as possible in pubs and clubs across London and soon turned professional.

On television 'New Faces' in 1976 proved to be the turning point for Jim. It was followed by extensive appearances on television, including 'What's On Next' and several series of his own show 'The Jim Davidson Show' which run for five complete series and won for its star the TV Times award as "Funniest Man on Television". He starred in high-rating TV sitcoms 'Up the Elephant and around the Castle' and 'Home James'. His one-man show for Thames, 'Stand Up Jim Davidson', was recorded on stage at London's Royalty Theatre, and he recently hosted a BBC One series, 'Jim Davidson Presents' from the Cambridge Theatre, London. He has also starred in a number of his own TV specials for ITV and BBC TV. He presented a BBC One TV special from HMS Invincible, 'Homeward Bound for Christmas', and last year he filmed 'Jim Davidson Falklands Bound', which was screened during the 20th anniversary of the end of hostilities. Last year 'Jim Davidson Basra Bound' was screened on BBC One and further BBC TV specials of his live stand-up show followed.

Highlights of an outstanding career have included five visits to the Falkland Islands, and engagements throughout the world entertaining British service personnel. In 1999 he travelled twice to Macedonia to entertain the forces and in the same year he launched and became Chairman of the British Forces Foundation charity, which aims to promote the well-being and esprit de corps of service personnel.

Jim's success has also embraced videos, DVDs, CDs and books, and he was featured in the movie 'A Zed and Two Noughts'. His album 'Watching Over You' was produced by Greg Lake. His best-selling autobiography 'Close to the Edge' (Edbury Press) was released in 2001 and it was published in paperback in August last year. A new adult video was released in autumn 2003.

Last autumn he embarked on a tour of his new adult stand-up 'Vote 4 Jim' show, and he also hosts the popular BBC One series 'Commercial Breakdown' looking at the world's weirdest, funniest and wackiest TV adverts.

Visit his website: http://www.jimdavidson.org.uk/

Meet The Cast

Jim Davidson - Buttons

Mia Carla - Fairy Godmother

Jess Conrad - Prince Charming

Dave Kristian - Dandini

Dianne Lee - Cinderella

Dave Lee - Ugly Sister

Roger Kitter - Ugly Sister

The Oddballs - As Themselves

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