JIM DAVIDSON OBE

JIM Davidson OBE is firmly established as one of Britain’s most popular entertainers and one of the country’s finest comedians.

He recently received three coveted Showbusiness 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 Years Honours List 2001 he received an OBE for his services to charity.

In the years since emerging from television’s New Faces he has topped theatre bills in London’s West End and at prime venues all over the country; starred in and hosted many major prime time TV shows including BBC TV’s Big Break and The Generation Game headlined record-breaking summer seasons and pantomimes and a highly successful series of concert tours with his adult shows.

As a theatre producer his 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 in 1953 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 the famous Ralph Reader’s “Gang Show” at the Golders Green Hippodrome..

A few years later found his way back into showbusiness when he went along to a pub in Woolwich where the regular stand up comedian hadn’t turned up. Encouraged 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 ran for five complete series and won for it’s 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 ITV, 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 British Forces Foundation and BBC One TV special from HMS Invincible, Homeward Bound for Christmas and in 2002 he filmed Jim Davidson Falklands Bound which was screened during the 20th anniversary of the end of the hostilities. In July 2003 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 launched The British Forces Foundation to promote the well-being and esprit de corps of service personnel.

Jim’s success also embraces top-selling 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” (Ebury Press) was released in 2001.

At the start of 2004 Jim hosted the popular BBC One series Commercial Breakdown looking at the world’s funniest and wackiest tv adverts and his new prime-time stand-up show for BBC One Jim Davidson On The Road screened in the summer, achieved record-breaking viewing figures. Jim also took his adult pantomime Sinderella Comes Again on the road for a sell-out tour and undertook a major tour of his adult show.

He has just finished working on Colour Me Kubrick a film with John Malkovich and he is writing a new book about the exploits of being on tour.

BFF Chairman
Jim Davidson OBE