Charlie Higson

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Charles Murray Higson
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Born (1958-07-03) 3 July 1958 (age 55)
Frome, Somerset, England
Occupation Actor, comedian, author
Spouse(s) Victoria L Fullick (1995–present)
Children 5 children

Charles Murray "Charlie" Higson (born 3 July 1958), is an English actor, comedian, author and former singer. He has also written and produced for television.

Early life and education[edit]

Higson was educated at Sevenoaks School and at the University of East Anglia (where his brother taught from 1986 to 2008, latterly as 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 Records label. This was after he had formed the punk band The Right Hand Lovers, where he performed as "Switch".[1] Higson then became a decorator – including decorating the house of Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie[2] – 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.[3]

Career[edit]

Higson worked as producer, writer, director and occasional guest star on Randall & Hopkirk from 2000 to 2001. Subsequent television work has included writing and starring in BBC Three's Fast Show spin-off sitcom Swiss Toni. He has starred in Tittybangbang on BBC Three and appeared as a panellist on QI. He recently co-directed and starred in Bellamy's People.

Higson published many 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'.[4]

In 2004, it was announced that Higson would pen the Young Bond 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, former Director General of MI5. The first novel, SilverFin, was released on 3 March 2005 in the UK and on 27 April 2005 in the US A second novel, Blood Fever, was released on 5 January 2006 in the UK and 1 June in the US. 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.[5] 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 4 September 2008.[6]

Higson is currently writing a zombie-horror series of books for children which are extremely successful. The first book, The Enemy, was released in the UK by Puffin Books in 2009 and in the US by Disney-Hyperion in 2010. Book 2, The Dead, was released in the UK in September 2010. The third book in the series, The Fear was published on 15 September 2011. The fourth novel in the series: The Sacrifice came out on 20 September 2012. The Fallen, his newest novel, came out on 12 September 2013.[7] At a school event at Abingdon School on 14 September 2011, Charlie told children "Originally it was going to be three books and then my publisher, Puffin, said make it five and now we're up to it being seven."[8] At another, in John Lyon's School, he revealed that the last book in his series would be called "The End".

In 2011, it was confirmed that Higson would be appearing alongside the original cast (with the exception of Mark Williams) in an online-only version of The Fast Show sponsored by Foster's Lager.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Higson lives in London with his wife and three sons.[10] On his website Higson describes himself as "lazy enough to steal his own bio from Wikipedia!"[11]

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

The Enemy[edit]

Young Bond[edit]

  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 978-0-14-132253-7 (with Kev Walker)
  7. Danger Society: The Young Bond Dossier (2009), ISBN 978-0-14-132768-6 (authored short story included in book)

Non-fiction[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Odell, Michael (31 August 2008). "This much I know: Charlie Higson, author, 50, London – Life and style – The Observer". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  2. ^ according to Stephen Fry on the QI programme (Series D, Episode 12) (repeated on the channel Dave, 21 July 2009)
  3. ^ Byrne, Ciar (1 October 2007). "Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson: Making (radio) waves". The Independent (London). Retrieved 1 October 2007. 
  4. ^ "Quoted on Publisher's webpage". Little,Brown on 'Full Whack'. Retrieved 3 March 2009. 
  5. ^ "Young Bond 4 in September". The Young Bond Dossier. Retrieved 5 April 2007. [dead link]
  6. ^ "By Royal Command official announcement". The Young Bond Dossier. Retrieved 22 June 2008. 
  7. ^ "Official Enemy Website". Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  8. ^ "mostly books blog: A master class in dealing with the undead". Mostly-books.blogspot.com. 15 September 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Foster's – The Fast Show". Fosters.co.uk. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Charlie Higson – Children's Author". lovereading4kids.co.uk. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  11. ^ Charlie Higson (2011). "Charlie Higson, Writer and human person". Charlie Higson. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 

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