Craig Charles

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Craig Joseph Charles (born 11 July 1964) is an English actor, stand-up comedian, author, poet, radio and television presenter and former professional footballer, best-known for playing Dave Lister in the British cult-favourite science fiction sitcom Red Dwarf. Since 2005, he has appeared as Lloyd Mullaney in the long-running soap opera Coronation Street.


Early life

Craig Charles was born to a multiracial family in Liverpool; his father was black and his mother was Irish.[2] He grew up on the Cantril Farm estate and went to school with Micky Quinn, who grew up to be a professional footballer.

Before turning to entertainment, Charles played professional football, most notably for Tranmere Rovers.[citation needed]


Early career

He started out his career as a contemporary and urban performance poet on the British cabaret circuit, and his performances were considered original and Charles was described as having a natural ironic wit which appealed to talent scouts.

Charles began to appear on television, including the late-night comedy programme, Saturday Live, and later became a presenter of children's television programmes, such as What's That Noise on BBC1. He also appeared, weekly, as a John Cooper Clarke-style 'punk poet' on the BBC1 pop music television programme The Oxford Road Show. In 1990, Charles was heard on London Radio Station Kiss 100 as the Breakfast show presenter.

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