35 Facts About Keith Chegwin


Keith Chegwin, known as Cheggers, was an English television presenter and actor, appearing in several children's entertainment shows in the 1970s and 1980s, including Multi-Coloured Swap Shop and Cheggers Plays Pop.


Keith Chegwin had a career as a singer, releasing singles on the Pye Records label and worked as a disc jockey for 194 Radio City in Liverpool.


Keith Chegwin spent four years at BBC Radio 1 on Tony Blackburn's weekend morning show.


Keith Chegwin died on 11 December 2017 of the lung disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.


Keith Chegwin was born in Walton, Liverpool, on 17 January 1957.


Keith Chegwin invited him to London to audition for the stage show Mame with Ginger Rogers.


Keith Chegwin attended stage school with his twin brother, Jeff.


Keith Chegwin appeared in Children's Film Foundation productions, including as Egghead Wentworth in The Troublesome Double and Egghead's Robot.


Keith Chegwin appeared in TV ads for products such as Pepsi and Cadbury Creme Eggs as well as for Ready Brek, Toffo and Tizer, and was associated with the Freemans catalogue.


Keith Chegwin performed in West End stage shows such as Tom Brown's School Days with Russell Grant and Simon Le Bon; The Good Old Bad Old Days with Anthony Newley; and Captain Pugwash by John Kennett at the King's Road Theatre in 1973.


Keith Chegwin worked as a disc jockey for 194 Radio City in Liverpool, and worked at BBC Radio 1 on Tony Blackburn's weekend morning show for four years.


Keith Chegwin was known for his off-the-cuff ad-lib style of broadcasting.


Keith Chegwin stated that no-one had ever written a word for him.


Keith Chegwin's career waned in the late 1980s and 1990s, due to his alcoholism, as detailed, in his own words, in his semi autobiographical book, Shaken But Not Stirred.


Keith Chegwin stopped drinking after his appearance on the Richard and Judy show This Morning on 5 November 1992.


Keith Chegwin's career regained speed in 1993 when he presented the "Down Your Doorstep" outside broadcast segment on The Big Breakfast and subsequently hosted the show from 1995 to 1996.


Keith Chegwin presented a short-lived cookery show called The Heat is On for UK Living in 1997, only 1 series of the show was produced and wasn't renewed for further series afterwards Keith Chegwin went on to present a revived version of the 1970s gameshow It's a Knockout on Channel 5 from 1999 to 2000.


Keith Chegwin toured the country hosting Graham Fisher's International Knockout for corporate and charity events.


In 2000 Keith Chegwin presented his own internet TV show, where his daily audience for the seven-week trial reached over 250,000.


Keith Chegwin presented the Yorkshire Television-made Channel 5 nudist gameshow Naked Jungle, appearing naked except for a hat.


Keith Chegwin identified making the show as "the worst career move" in his life.


Keith Chegwin frequently wrote jingles for the Chris Moyles Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 1.


In 2007 Keith Chegwin voiced and starred in the quiz-based video game Cheggers Party Quiz, in which a CGI version of himself acts as a quizmaster.


In November 2011 Chegwin played himself in the comedy horror film Kill Keith.


Keith Chegwin made an appearance in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's comedy series Life's Too Short with Shaun Williamson and Les Dennis.


Keith Chegwin was originally set to take part in the seventh series of Dancing on Ice, but he was forced to withdraw after breaking three ribs and fracturing his shoulder on the first day of training with Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.


Keith Chegwin joined the eighth series of Dancing on Ice partnered with Olga Sharutenko.


Keith Chegwin took part in the 2015 series of Celebrity MasterChef, won by Kimberly Wyatt of the Pussycat Dolls.


Keith Chegwin hosted the 2015 BAFTA television and film industry awards.


In later years Keith Chegwin was a popular pantomime dame and in March 2016 appeared in the Easter pantomime tour of Beauty and the Beast.


From 1982 to 1993, Keith Chegwin was married to presenter Maggie Philbin with whom they had a daughter.


Keith Chegwin later married Maria Anne Fielden; and they had a son.


Keith Chegwin had a twin brother, Jeff, with whom he attended stage school and whose son, Hugo Chegwin, co-created and starred in BBC Three mockumentary sitcom People Just Do Nothing.


Keith Chegwin regularly made public appearances around the UK and was involved in charity work.


Keith Chegwin died at his home in Shropshire on 11 December 2017, having been ill with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a chronic lung disease, for an extended period.