Charles Peattie

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Charles Peattie
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Charles Peattie at a British Cartoonists' Association event in May 2018
Born 4 April 1958 (1958-04-04) (age 60)
Nationality British
Occupation cartoonist
Known for Alex

Charles Peattie (born 3 April 1958)[1] is a British cartoonist, best known as half of the team (with Russell Taylor) that creates the comic strip Alex. He has two daughters and two sons, and lives in London. He was appointed MBE in the 2002 Honours List. [2]


Peattie studied at St Martin's School of Art.


He produced the cartoon 'Dick', which ran in Melody Maker, and the Celeb comic strip which has been running in Private Eye since 1987. Both were collaborations with Mark Warren.


Celeb first appeared in Private Eye during May 1987.[3] In that magazine, the strip is credited to "Ligger", a joint pseudonym for Peattie and Warren. Whilst several real people are named or caricatured, the eponymous "celebrity" is a fictional person, Gary Bloke.[4] He has several character traits common with those of contemporary real-life celebrities.

Gary has a daughter named Pixie Frou-Frou, first mentioned in November 1987, when she was stated to be five years old.[5] Her name was possibly inspired by that given by Bob Geldof and Paula Yates to their eldest daughter Fifi Trixibelle Geldof (born 1983); it is noteworthy that their third daughter (born 1990) was named Little Pixie Geldof.


  1. ^ "Birthdays", The Guardian, p. 37 
  2. ^ The Guardian 31 December 2002] Retrieved 21 May 2018
  3. ^ Ligger (May 15, 1987). "Celeb". Private Eye. London: Pressdram (663): 18. 
  4. ^ Ligger (May 27, 1988). "Celeb". Private Eye. London: Pressdram (690): 20. 
  5. ^ Ligger (November 13, 1987). "Celeb". Private Eye. London: Pressdram (676): 20. My little daughter, Pixie Frou-Frou ... only five years old ... 

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