Hi folks, thought I would tell you me a bit about myself, so come closer!
I was actually born James Mulgrew on October 17 1945 in Cookstown, Northern Ireland, so I celebrated (if that’s the right word!) my 70th birthday in 2015.
I left school at 16 years of age and worked for the next two years in a betting shop, before spending the summer of 1966 working as a Redcoat in Butlin’s holiday camp at Mosney, County Meath, followed by two more summers at the Butlin’s holiday camp in Clacton.
By the early 1970s I was living in Manchester and from 1972 worked at the Pontins holiday camps in Southport and Morecambe.
I won LWT’s talent contest, Search For A Star, and was later given my own series on Central Television in the mid-1980s called “And There’s More” (which included the first TV appearance by the impressionist Rory Bremner). I also had my own programme on BBC Radio 2, featured in The Krankies Klub alongside The Krankies (who else!) and Bobby Davro and appeared on the Royal Variety Show (1984). I appeared in the 2007 Comic Relief video of The Proclaimers’ song “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” which featured Matt Lucas and Peter Kay.
I am married to May, who is a very good singer, and we have four children, Dale (a politician), Jamie (who sings with a folk group), Katie (a comedienne) and Frankie, who started off as a comedian but who is now a Roman Catholic priest.
After producing several CDs, my first DVD was released in early 2010 and my latest adventure in musical theatre , “Maloney’s Big Moment”, premiered at the Thwaites Empire Theatre in Blackburn during 2013. This musical is a fun piece about an Irishman called Paddy Maloney who lives in an ex-pat community in the south of Spain. When the local Spanish Mayor gets thrown out due to corruption, Paddy steps up to the plate and becomes Mayor without being able to speak a word of Spanish!
Last year I made my long awaited debut in a feature film which was shot on location in North Wales. The film is entitled ‘Womble the Movie’ and revolves around a central character called Womble, who, in spite of having to live with Asperger’s Syndrome, has an aspiration to become a stand-up comedian. My role is towards the end of the film when Womble is due to perform in a local talent show. This has been one of the few remaining bridges for me to cross within the world of entertainment, as I have appeared across most platforms within stage and screen over my long career.
Finally, at the end of 2015 I featured in a special Christmas show alongside the internationally acclaimed ‘Osmonds’. The show was called the ‘Andy Williams Christmas Spectacular’ and it toured for fifteen dates during the month of December, visiting venues around the UK such as the O2 Arena in London and the Harrogate International centre.
My best-known catchphrases include “come closer!” and “…and there’s more!”.
I wear a funny hat, have my wellies on the wrong feet and regularly get a Letter from Mammy!
And there’s more…!
Facebook (photos and messages): I have two official accounts on Facebook (it’s a long story!) – either will do
Flickr (photographs): Search for… Jimmy Cricket – come closer to my photos!
Twitter (short messages)
List of achievements
- Appeared in four television series on ITV of “And There’s More.”
- Appeared in a television Special broadcast on ITV called “All Cricket and Wellie”
- Appeared in five radio series of “Jimmy’s Cricket team” broadcast on BBC Radio Two
- 4 CD’s released: “Best of Jimmy Cricket”, “Jimmy Cricket – Bee in his bonnet” ,“Jimmy Cricket – I’m dreaming of a far off land” and “Jimmy Cricket – Light and Shade”
- 1 DVD released: “Jimmy Cricket Live – Pull your seats forward” (available from his website)
- Two books published of “Letters from his Mammy”
- Three Musicals written called “One good season”, “Let’s hear it from the wee man” and “Maloney’s Big Moment”.
- 27 pantomimes seasons completed in theatres across the UK.