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17 October 1945
Cookstown, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland)
Early life and career
He left school at 16 and spent the next two years working in a betting shop, before spending the summer of 1966 working as a Red Coat in Butlins Holiday camp at Mosney, County Meath, Ireland. He spent the following two summers at the Butlins Holiday Camp in Clacton. By the early 1970s he was living in Manchester. From 1972 he worked at the Pontins holiday camps in Southport and Morecambe. He returned to Clacton-on-Sea in 2006 to star in the eight week summer show, Summer Special, at the West Cliff Theatre.
He was given his own television series on a show called And There's More produced by Central Television (also notable for including the first TV appearance by Rory Bremner). He also had his own radio series for BBC Radio 2 called 'Jimmy's Cricket team' written by Eddie Braben and starring Peter Goodwright, Jon Pertwee and Norreen Kershaw.
Cricket was one of a number of veteran performers to appear in the video for the 2007 Comic Relief single, a cover of The Proclaimers song "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by Matt Lucas as Andy Pipkin and Peter Kay as Brian Potter.
Cricket's humour is entirely clean, in marked contrast to some other comedians. A popular theme of his comedy is Irish logic, and the ubiquitous letter from his "Mammy". He almost always appears in his trademark outfit of cut-off evening trousers, dinner jacket, hat (given to him by the BBC to wear on The Good Old Days) and wellies marked "L" and "R" for left and right, but worn on the wrong feet.
Cricket lives in Lancashire with his wife, May. He has four children and two grandchildren. Two of this children, Frankie and Katie Mulgrew, followed him into comedy. Katie using her own name, Frankie as 'Frankie Doodle'. Frankie has since become ordained as a Catholic priest and published his first book, 'Does God LOL?', in June 2013. Another one of his daughters (named Jamie) went into teaching and now lives in London.
- Neale, Stephen; Krutnik, Frank (14 June 1990). Popular Film and Television Comedy. Psychology Press. pp. 183–. ISBN 9780415046923. Retrieved 12 July 2012.