Craig Charles

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Craig Charles : biography

11 July 1964 –

Craig Joseph Charles (born 11 July 1964) is an English actor, comedian, author, poet, television presenter and radio and club DJ. He is best known for playing Dave Lister in the British science fiction sitcom Red Dwarf, and Lloyd Mullaney in the long-running soap opera Coronation Street.

Charles first appeared on television as a performance poet, which led on to minor presenting roles. After finding fame in Red Dwarf, he regularly featured on national television, with celebrity appearances on many popular shows, while he continued to host a wide variety of programmes. He has toured the UK extensively as a stand-up comedian.

Charles notably presented the gladiator-style game show Robot Wars and narrated the comedy endurance show Takeshi’s Castle. His acting credits include playing inmate Eugene Buffy in the ITV drama The Governor, and leading roles in the British films Fated and Clubbing to Death. As well as starring in Coronation Street and occasional Red Dwarf series, Charles continues to host The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show on BBC radio, and performs DJ sets at numerous clubs and festivals nationally and internationally.


, 2007


Year Title Role Notes
Riverside Resident poet Arts review programme
Pebble Mill at One Resident poet Daily magazine show. Performed in front of Princess Anne
1984 Lift Off Himself – interviewee Documentary
1985 Black on Black Resident poet Channel 4’s first multicultural programme. Including the poem "Halt"
1985-87 Saturday Live Himself – stand up Live poetry stand-up comedy. Series 1: VHS (1986), DVD (2007). Series 2: VHS (1987), DVD (2008)
1986-87 Wogan Himself – poet Chat show. Co-hosted and performed weekly topical poem on current affairs
1986 Club Mix Resident poet Entertainment-based successor to Black on Black
1986 Red Wedge Himself Stand-up comedy tour
1986 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Himself – poet August
1987 Business as Usual Eddie Drama feature film. VHS (1988)
1987 Craig Charles Himself – stand up Poetry at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 7–29 August
1987 Video View Himself – presenter TV series
1987 Night Network Himself – presenter
1987 The Marksman McFadden TV drama miniseries, wrote opening poem and played a murderer, aired December
1988-99, 2009, 2012 Red Dwarf Dave Lister Appeared in all 61 episodes over 10 series
1988 Open Air Himself – interviewee Aired 23 February
1988 Craig Goes Mad in Melbourne Himself – host Behind the scenes at the International Comedy Festival, 1–11 June
1988 TOR! Total Football Himself – presenter Introducing highlights in official film of European Football Championships
1989 Daytime Live Himself – interviewee Aired 6 January
1989 Teechers Multiple characters John Godber stage play
1989 Star Test: Craig Charles Himself – interviewee Interviewed by a computer on chat show, aired 18 April
1989 Dogs of War Voiceover 3D computer video game. Voiced story speech and one character
1989 What’s That Noise? Himself – host Children’s music show
1991 Comic Relief Dave Lister Short television film
1991 Them and Us Himself – host Consumer rights series
1991 You Bet Himself – contestant Celebrity game show
1992 The Last Cigarette Himself Encouraging giving up smoking, aired 8 March
1992 Open to Question Himself – interviewee Audience questions from young people on topical issues, 23 March
1992 Parallel 9 Himself Children’s magazine show. Including episode 1.13, aired 18 July
1992 Weather Watch Himself – presenter Educational TV series investigating different aspect of the weather
1992 Wogan Himself Chat show, 23 October
1992 Ghostwatch Himself – reporter Drama, aired 31 October (Halloween). DVD (2002)
1993 Cyberzone Himself – host All 10 episodes of the world’s first virtual reality game show
1993 Cyberpunks and Technophobes Himself TV series
1993 Super Mario All Stars Himself – presenter Nintendo video game on VHS
1993 Dinosaurs: The Myths & The Reality Himself – narrator Animated documentary. VHS (1993), DVD (2006)
1993 Prince Cinders Zipper the Cat Voice of character in animated film of Babette Cole’s book. VHS (1993), DVD (2007)
1993 Telly Addicts Himself – contestant Aired 13 September and 29 December
1993 Pebble Mill Himself – interviewee Performed song, 29 October
1993 Funny Stories Himself – voice Audiobook anthology of stories for children
1993 The Big Breakfast Himself – guest presenter Magazine show
1994 Go Getters Himself – host Children’s programme
1994 The Easter Stories Judas Iscariot Drama series. Episode: "Judas’ Tale"
1994 Batchelors Mushy Peas Himself – voiceover TV Commercial
1994 Asterix Conquers America Asterix (voice) Animated feature film, English language version
1994 The Word Himself – interviewee Late night magazine show
1994 Red Dwarf: Smeg Ups Dave Lister Video release (archive footage)
1994 Big Break in Wonderland Himself – contestant Charity Christmas special of snooker competition, aired 27 December
1995 Red Dwarf: Smeg Outs Dave Lister Video release (new and archive footage)
1995 Breakfast with Frost Himself – guest Chat show with Sir David Frost, 5 March
1995 May The 4 Be With You Himself – presenter "Starburst Vol.2" VHS (1996)
1995 Craig Charles: Live on Earth! Himself – stand up VHS video release of live stand-up comedy stage show. Also co-producer
1995 Just a Minute Himself – contestant TV version of radio panel game, 21 July
1995 Beam Me Up Scotty! Himself – presenter Aired 26 August
1995 The Bill Martin Bailey Episode: "Honey Pot", 31 October
1995 Have I Got News for You Himself – contestant Guest panelist on satire quiz show. Series 10, episode 7, 8 December
1996 Craig Charles Live Official Bootleg Himself VHS video documentary of stand-up show
1996 They Think it’s All Over Himself – contestant Series 2, episode 3, aired 26 March
1996 The Governor Eugene Buffy Drama from Lynda La Plante. All 6 episodes of series 2. DVD (2012)
1996 Cyberspace Himself – narrator TV series
1996 The 10 Percenters Bobby Titan Episode: "Revenge" playing a rap singer
1997 The Big Breakfast Himself – guest Aired 6 January
1997 Night Fever Himself – guest Pop music quiz
1997 Captain Butler Captain Butler All 6 episodes
1997 Bully: Ha Bloody Ha Himself – interviewee Educational show discussing celebrities’ memories of school bullies, aired 28 August
1997 Pulling Power Himself – guest Motoring show, aired 24 September
1997 Space Cadets Team captain Comedy sci-fi quiz, all 10 episodes
1997 Funky Bunker Himself – host Late night chat show. 13 episodes. Also co-writer
1997 The National Lottery Live Himself – presenter Opened the draw, 5 November
1997 English Express Language Skills Himself – presenter Schools education series
1997-98 Dick Whittington Idle Jack Pantomime stage play
1998 Can’t Smeg, Won’t Smeg Dave Lister – contestant Special edition of Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook, aired 14 February
1998 Universe Challenge Himself – contestant Special Red Dwarf edition of University Challenge, aired 14 February
1998 Children in Need Dave Lister Red Dwarf short episode
1998 Fully Booked Himself – interviewee Magazine show
1998-2004 Robot Wars Himself – host Series 2-7 (after replacing Jeremy Clarkson)
1999-2000 Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Himself – host UK presenter
1999 The Colour of Funny Keith Dennis Short comedy film
2000 Craig Charles: Sickbag Himself VHS video release of live stand-up comedy show
2000 Craig Charles and His Band Himself Edinburgh Festival, August. With album release Giving You The Eye
2000 Jailbreak Himself – host Reality challenge show
2001 Top Ten TV Sci-Fi Himself – interviewee Documentary
2001 Porridge Selection Box Himself Worldwide VHS video release. Introduced clips
2001 Lexx The Warden Canadian sci-fi series. Episode: "P4X" Hattie Hayridge from Red Dwarf as his wife. Series 4, Vol.1 DVD (2001)
2001 Don’t Walk Narrator (voice) Short film
2001 Amazing Space: The Pub Guide to the Universe Himself – host Discussion series with guest experts on space related topics
2002 EastEnders: Ricky and Bianca Vince EastEnders spin-off drama, aired 20 May
2002 The Saturday Show Himself – interviewee Magazine show, 1 June
2002-04 Takeshi’s Castle Himself – commentator UK voiceover of Japanese comedy challenge show. Also co-writer
2003 The Sitcom Story Himself TV documentary
2003 Sushi TV Himself – narrator UK version of Japanese TV clip show (after replacing Julian Clary)
2003 Doctors DCI Mercer 7 episodes of soap opera
2003 Monstrous Bosses Himself – presenter Links between clips in a battle between two comedy characters, 10–11 May
2003 Lovable Rogues Himself – presenter Links between clips, aired 3 August
2003 Holby City Adrian Summers Episode: "Full Circle", aired 16 December
2004 Ten Minutes Mark Short comedy film, launched at the BAFTA and Cannes Film Festival in 2003. Film release July 2004
2004 Britain’s Best Sitcom Himself TV documentary
2004 Weapons of Mass Distraction Himself – presenter Satirical comedy chat show exploring tabloid newspaper world
2004 Celebrities Disfigured Himself (disguised) Documentary exploring attitudes to disfigurement, aired 17 April
2004 The Weakest Link Himself – contestant Charity edition of quiz show. "Stars of the ’90s". Reached 3rd place, aired 4 August
2004 Comedy Connections Himself – interviewee Documentary episode on Red Dwarf, aired 30 August
2004 Public Opinion Himself – interviewee Panel show, opinions on celebrities from members of the public, aired 21 September
2004 Celebrity Poker Club Himself – contestant Challenge, series 3, reached semi-finals
2004 Dream Team Joel Brooks Soccer agent in Sky TV football drama
2005 Forty Years of Fuck Himself – interviewee BBC documentary examining swearing on TV
2005 The Games Himself – contestant Reality game show for charity, based on the Olympic Games. Series 3.
2005 Athletes in Training Himself – contestant Live feed, following The Games contestants through their intensive training regime
2005–present Coronation Street Lloyd Mullaney Principal cast, first appearance 20 June 2005
2006 Fated Pedro Feature film. DVD (2011)
2006 Clubbing to Death Carl Begsley Feature film. Not yet released (in post production)
2008–present The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club Himself – DJ Live DJ performances throughout the UK, and occasionally abroad
2009 Carpool Himself – interviewee Video-podcast interview by Robert Llewellyn of Red Dwarf
2010 Robert Llewellyn’s Carpool Himself – interviewee Chat show. Episode 1.5: aired 2 December
2010 50 Years of Corrie Stunts Himself – voiceover Documentary, aired 6 December. On Tram Crash DVD (2010)
2011 Zombie Carnage Frank Promotional trailer for feature film
2011 Cast Mates Himself Coronation Street online Q&A, 31 August
2011 This Morning Himself – Interviewee Daytime entertainment show, 6 September
2012 BBC Breakfast Himself – interviewee News programme, 10 March
2012 Loose Women Himself – interviewee Chat show, 15 March
2012 Motorbike Diaries: Mad in the Med Himself – narrator Travel documentary series from Danny John-Jules of Red Dwarf
2012 Evidently… John Cooper Clarke Himself – interviewee Documentary on the poet John Cooper Clarke’s life and career, aired 30 May
2012 This Morning Himself – interviewee Chat show, 6 July
2012 Loose Women Himself – interviewee Chat show, 25 September
2012 The Alan Titchmarsh Show Himself – interviewee Chat show, 28 September
2012 Celebrity Pointless Himself – contestant Charity edition of quiz show, with Danny John-Jules from Red Dwarf, recorded 16 November
2012 We’re Smegged Himself – interviewee Documentary on the making of Red Dwarf X. On series X DVD, released 19 November
2012 This Morning Himself – interviewee Chat show, 19 November
2012 The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club Music compiler Compilation album, released on Freestyle Records as CD and digital download, 26 November