Jim Davidson OBE (born James Charles Davidson on 13 December 1953) is an English comedian, actor and television presenter. He has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to entertainment, particularly of British service personnel in conflict zones.
Davidson found his way into show business, when as a regular in a pub in Woolwich, he undertook an act after the regular comedian hadn’t turned up. He then became a regular on the London comedy circuit, and first auditioned for Opportunity Knocks in 1975, unsuccessfully; he was 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.
His success was quickly followed by many more 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 award as "Funniest Man On Television". Davidson made a few appearances on Tiswas in 1977, and claimed in 2004 to have been the first Phantom Flan Flinger on that programme. He starred in TV sitcoms Up the Elephant and Round 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. In September 2007, Davidson appeared in the third series of Hell's Kitchen in the UK, and in May 2008 he appeared in the BBCs Comedy Map of Britain.