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Jimmy Cricket

Jimmy Cricket
Born James Mulgrew
(1945-10-17) 17 October 1945
Cookstown, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland)
Occupation Comedian

Jimmy Cricket (born James Mulgrew, 17 October 1945, Cookstown, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland) is an Irish comedian.[1] He currently lives with his family in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England.


  • Early life and career 1
  • Television 2
  • Style 3
  • Personal life 4
  • Papal Knighthood 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life and career

He left school at 16 and spent the next two years working in a betting shop, before spending the summer of 1966 working as a Red Coat in Butlins Holiday camp at Mosney, County Meath, Ireland. He spent the following two summers at the Butlins Holiday Camp in Clacton. By the early 1970s he was living in Manchester. From 1972 he worked at the Pontins holiday camps in Southport and Morecambe. He returned to Clacton-on-Sea in 2006 to star in the eight week summer show, Summer Special, at the West Cliff Theatre.

Most recently Jimmy has been touring the UK in 'The Good Old Days of Music Hall and Variety' with Neil Hurst and Shep's Banjo Boys [2]


He was given his own television series on a show called And There's More produced by Central Television (also notable for including the first TV appearance by Rory Bremner). He also had his own radio series for BBC Radio 2 called 'Jimmy's Cricket team' written by Eddie Braben and starring Peter Goodwright, Bill Pertwee and Noreen Kershaw.

He featured in The Krankies Klub alongside The Krankies and Bobby Davro. He also appeared on numerous Royal variety shows.

Jimmy was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1987 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews in central London - the last edition that Andrews presented.

Cricket was one of a number of veteran performers to appear in the video for the 2007 Comic Relief single, a cover of The Proclaimers song "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by Matt Lucas as Andy Pipkin and Peter Kay as Brian Potter.


Cricket's humour is entirely clean, in marked contrast to some other comedians. A popular theme of his comedy is Irish logic, and the ubiquitous letter from his "Mammy". He almost always appears in his trademark outfit of cut-off evening trousers, dinner jacket, hat (given to him by the BBC to wear on The Good Old Days) and wellies marked "L" and "R" for left and right, but worn on the wrong feet.

Personal life

Cricket lives in Lancashire with his wife, May. He has four children and two grandchildren. Two of this children, Frankie and Katie Mulgrew, followed him into comedy. Katie using her own name, Frankie as 'Frankie Doodle'. Frankie has since become ordained as a Catholic priest and published his first book, Does God LOL?, in June 2013. Another one of his daughters (Jamie) went into teaching and lives in London.

Papal Knighthood

On 18 September 2015 it was had been awarded a papal knighthood (Order of St. Gregory the Great) by Pope Francis for his charity work.[3]


  1. ^ Neale, Stephen; Krutnik, Frank (14 June 1990). Popular Film and Television Comedy. Psychology Press. pp. 183–.  
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  3. ^ "Comedian Jimmy Cricket honoured with papal knighthood". BBC. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Biography
  • Jimmy Cricket recalls his appearance on This Is Your Life
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