Frank Skinner(bornChristopher Graham Collins; 28 January 1957) is an English writer, comedian, TV and radio presenter, and actor. At the 2001 British Comedy Awards , he was awarded the Best Comedy Entertainment Personality.
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Skinner was born in West Bromwich , England , and grew up in a council house in neighbouring Oldbury . He was the youngest of four children born to former semi-professional footballer John Collins (1918-1989) and his wife Doris (1919-1988). He has two older brothers, Keith and Terrence, and an older sister, Nora. His father, who was born in West Cornforth , County Durham , played for Spennymoor United before the Second World War , and met his mother in a local pub after Spennymoor had played West Bromwich Albion in an FA Cup game in 1937.
Despite his given first name, his parents called him Graham; all his friends referred to him, and still do, as Chris. Skinner once explained that whenever someone called at his house to ask if "Chris" was there, his mother would say yes, only to then turn around and shout for "Graham". He took on the stage name Frank Skinner when the actors' union Equity told him there was already someone called Chris Collins on their books. He took the name from a member of his late father's dominoes team.
Packet Of Threeon Channel 4 but continued to see his reputation as a stand-up grow. Before becoming a full-time performer in 1989, he suffered a bout of influenza in September 1986 that made him give up drinking, and he remains a high-profile recovering alcoholic .
Skinner won the 1991 Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe , beating Jack Dee and Eddie Izzard . He has worked with David Baddiel , notably on the popular late night entertainment showFantasy Football League, from 1994 to 2004, and onBaddiel and Skinner Unplannedfrom 2000 to 2005. The duo also co-wrote and performed the football song " Three Lions " with the Lightning Seeds and the England national football team for Euro 96 , and re-recorded it for the 1998 World Cup . The song reached #1 in the UK charts both times. In 2001, he released his autobiographyFrank Skinner by Frank Skinner, which became a bestseller. The accompanying TV show,Frank Skinner on Frank Skinner, in which Skinner showed where he lived as a child and interviews with Skinner, his friends and family members, was recorded and shown on ITV in 2001.
. He paid over £ 11,000 at auction for a shirt which he believed was worn by Elvis Presley at his famous 1956 Tupelo concert. Skinner visited the USA to find out if the shirt was the genuine article. After a slightly awkward conversation with Dave Hebler, Presley's bodyguard, it appeared the shirt did once belong to Presley, but it was not worn at the concert. Skinner had been a fan of Elvis as a child and used to buyElvis Monthly.
After a short break, the show found a new home at ITV in 1999, where it ran until late 2005. He has appeared in a number of self-written sitcoms, includingBlue Heaven(1994) andShane(2004).
The Observeras one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy.In 2005, Skinner announced he was going to leave behind his television work in favour of returning to the stand-up comedy circuit. A second series ofShanehad been made, but never shown.
Skinner and David Baddiel covered the 2006 FIFA World Cup by podcast forThe Times. The podcasts received a nomination for the 2007 Sony Radio Academy Awards.
In 2007, he performed a new live stand-up tour, his first for 10 years, starting at a warm-up gig at the Swindon Arts Centre , continuing through to the Edinburgh Festival for 2 weeks at The Pleasance, the venue where he won the Perrier Award , and a 69 date national tour including three sold out homecoming performances at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham in the autumn.
He also stood in for an ill Paul Merton as a team captain on 21 November edition ofHave I Got News for You.
Skinner plays the banjo ukulele and in 2010, he contributed ukulele parts to a song by Fairport Convention called "Ukulele Central" which featured on their albumFestival Bell. A great admirer of George Formby , he hosted a BBC Four TV documentary,Frank Skinner on George Formby, which aired on 27 October 2011.
In 2011, he wrote and performed a Radio 4 comedy series,Don't Startwith Katherine Parkinson . Each episode was based around an argument between Skinner's character Neil and his girlfriend Kim. Skinner said that each episode was only 15 minutes long as it was 'too intense' to be any longer.Don't Startreturned for a second series in 2012.
.Since August 2013, he has been a team captain on the BBC comedy showI Love My Country.
.He then got a part starring in the episode " Mummy on the Orient Express ", alongside Twelfth Doctor , Peter Capaldi .
in 2015 he appeared as a regular in the TV showTaskmaster, a comedy game show hosted by Greg Davies commissioned and broadcast on the TV channel Dave.
He was a victim of the credit crunch in the late 2000s after investing in AIG , losing millions of pounds as a result.
.In September 2011,The Collected Wisdom of Frank Skinner; Dispatches from the Sofawas published.It consists of his weekly columns forThe Times, written from 2009-11.
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