Frank Skinner (real name Christopher Graham Collins) was born on 28th January 1957 and is from West Bromwich, England. He is a renowned stand-up comedian and television personality.
The name Frank Skinner came about when his real name was already used by the actors union ‘Equity’ so he was forced to adopt a new persona and chose his father’s dominoes team name and Frank Skinner was born.
In the late 1980’s, Frank Skinner struggled to earn a living on the comedy circuit and he financed his career by running (failing) comedy workshops. It was a trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which inspired him to realize his dream, and in 1987 he performed his first show in Birmingham.
After achieving a loyal following through his shows at his own formed club night in Birmingham, Frank Skinner became highly popular when he joined up with best friend and ex-flatmate David Baddiel to create and star in BBC2’s Fantasy Football League in 1994. The video of the show sold over 100,000 copies and put him on the road to success.
The dynamic duo’s notoriety continued in 1996, with more Fantasy Football and his ever popular TV program, The Frank Skinner Show. Frank Skinner tickets were a sell-out for his show at The London Palladium and with football fever hitting home with Euro ‘96, he had a smash hit with Baddiel and The Lightening Seeds with “Three Lions” (It’s Coming Home), going Platinum and performing to a crowd of 76,000 at London Wembley Stadium and earning him an NME Brat Award for Musical Event Of The Year.
In September 1997 until November 1997, Frank Skinner embarked on a massive 100 date tour and performed at the enormous Battersea Power Station, earning himself a place in the Guinness Book Of Records as Britain’s biggest solo comedy performance.
In 2001, Baddiel & Skinner went on tour for Baddiel & Skinner Unplanned to a packed out Shaftesbury Theatre in London’s West End and Frank Skinner was named British Comedy Entertainment Personality of the Year.
Throughout the 2000’s, he released a number of DVD’s and books as well returning to the Edinburgh Fringe with a 69 sell-out date tour.