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Jim Davidson, OBE (13 December 1953) is an English actor, blue comedian and TV presenter best known for presenting popular television gameshows Big Break and The Generation Game.

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Davidson attended St Austen’s School in Charlton. He was chosen to appear in Ralph Reader’s Gang Show at the Golders Green Hippodrome aged 12, and found his way into show business when he was in a pub in Woolwich to which the regular comedian hadn’t turned up.

He became a regular on the London comedy circuit, and first auditioned for Opportunity Knocks in 1975. He was unsuccessful and told by Hughie Green to “go away”. His audition for New Faces was more successful, and he proceeded to win the show by one point, and then to come second in the overall contest.

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His success was quickly followed by many appearances on television, including What’s On Next and several series of his own show The Jim Davidson Show which ran for five complete series and won Davidson the TV Times ‘Funniest Man On Television’ award. Davidson made a few appearances on Tiswas in 1977, and claims to have been the first Phantom Flan Flinger on that programme. He starred in the TV sitcoms Up The Elephant And Around The Castle and Home James. His one man show for Thames, Stand Up Jim Davidson was recorded on stage at London’s Royalty Theatre. In recent years, he is most famous for his television roles on Big Break and successor to Bruce Forsyth as host of the Generation Game.

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