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 65th birthday in 2011.
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, a fellow comedian who is training to be a Roman Catholic priest.
After producing several CDs, my first DVD was released in early 2010 and my first musical, “Let’s hear it for the Wee Man”, premiered at the Thwaites Empire Theatre in Blackburn on St Patrick’s Day 2011, which was based on the life of Leading Seaman Jim Magennis, the last man from Northern Ireland to be awarded the Victoria Cross.
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)