Craig Charles


Craig Charles : biography

11 July 1964 –

Celebrity appearances

Charles has appeared on celebrity editions of University Challenge (1998), Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook (1998), The Weakest Link (2004) and Pointless (2012), and comedy panel shows such as Have I Got News For You (1995), Just a Minute (1995) and They Think It’s All Over (1996). He was a team captain on the sci-fi quiz series Space Cadets (1997) on Channel 4, which guest starred William Shatner. Charles has opened the National Lottery draw (1997) and his home has featured on Through the Keyhole. Charles was a contestant in the Celebrity Poker Club tournament (2004) on Challenge, where he reached the semi-finals, and in the Channel 4 reality game show, The Games (2005), which documented the contestants’ intensive training regime and each live Olympic Games-style sporting event.

Personal life


In 1984, Charles married English actress Cathy Tyson. Their son, Jack, was born in 1988. The couple divorced in 1989.

In the early 1990s, Charles dated Irish singer-songwriter Suzanne Rhatigan, co-writing lyrics for her album To Hell With Love and directing a video for her. Rhatigan appeared alongside Charles in the Red Dwarf series IV episode "Camille".

In August 1997, Charles married his second wife, Jackie, with whom he has two daughters Anna-Jo (born 1997) and Nellie (born 2003).

Rape allegation

In July 1994, Charles and a friend were arrested and remanded in custody for several months on a rape charge.The Independent, 4 January 1997, James Rampton , London While in prison, Charles was attacked by a man wielding a knife. In March 1995, both men were acquitted in their trial. After being cleared, Charles spoke of the need to restore anonymity for those accused of rape. He stated that "the fact that my name and address along with my picture can appear on the front of the papers before the so-called ‘victim’ has even signed a statement proves that anonymity for rape defendants is a must and that the law must be changed."Press statement by Charles shown on ITN News at Ten (ITV), 3 March 1995, London

Drug use

In June 2006, newspaper allegations of crack cocaine use resulted in Charles being suspended from both Coronation Street and BBC Radio 6 Music. In August, Charles was arrested and released on bail pending further enquiries and, in September, he accepted a caution for possession of a Class A drug. Charles returned to hosting his 6 Music show from November 2006 and to filming Coronation Street from January 2007.

Early life

Charles was born to a mixed race family in Liverpool, Lancashire: his Guyanese father was black,Liverpool Echo, 22 November 2005, and his mother was white Irish. Charles has an older brother, Dean, and a younger brother, Emile. He grew up on the deprived Cantril Farm housing estate,The Independent, 30 June 2012, Holly Williams , London and went to school with Micky Quinn,. He attended West Derby Comprehensive School followed by Childwall Hall College of Further Education, and studied A-levels in History, Government and Politics, English Literature and General Studies.The Independent, 11 February 1999, , London Charles won a national competition, run by The Guardian newspaper, for a poem he wrote when he was 12-years-old.Interview with Charles by Chris Jarvis, Fully Booked, BBC TV, 1998

Other career


As well as his early appearances on shows such as Radio 4’s Loose Ends (1987–88), and Kaleidoscope, in the early 1990s, Charles could be heard on the London Radio Station Kiss 100 (Kiss FM) as the Breakfast show presenter. In 1995, Charles played the Porter in Steven Berkoff’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, on Radio 4.

Since 2002, Charles has been a DJ on BBC Radio 6 Music, presenting The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show, where he plays a diverse range of funk and soul music, from classic tracks to the latest releases, and provides publicity for less familiar bands. Charles explains the context for the music and carries out engaging interviews with guest musicians. He was with the station at its launch, and while it was being tested during the previous year, under the name Network Y. Charles has also hosted the stations Breakfast Show (2004), and sits in for other presenters including Andrew Collins, Phil Wilding and Phill Jupitus and Radcliffe & Maconie.