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Who was Keith Chegwin?

Keith Chegwin (17 January 1957 – 11 December 2017) 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.

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Keith Chegwin was born on January 17, 1957, in Liverpool, England to father, Colin, and mother, Margaret.He had a twin brother, Jeffrey (who is also an actor) and a sister, Janice Long (who is a radio broadcaster).

He took part in talent competitions from an early age and started singing with ‘The Happy Wanderers’ in local clubs at the age of 11.

While he was performing on a children’s variety TV show, ‘Junior Showtime’, his talent was noticed by the musician, Phil Collins’ mother, June Collins, who was working with ‘The Barbara Speake Stage School’ at that time.

He auditioned and was selected for the West End musical ‘Mame’ in 1969, but could not perform due to restrictions for underage performers at that time. He started training at a stage school instead.

He continued to audition for and bag small parts in TV, stage and film productions while still at school.

Keith Chegwin Biography Wikipedia
Keith Chegwin
Born17 January 1957
Walton, Liverpool, England
Died11 December 2017 (aged 60)
Shropshire, England
OccupationBroadcaster, actor
Years active1967–2017
Spouse(s)Maggie Philbin​​(m. 1982; div. 1993)​
Maria Fielden​​(m. 2000; his death 2017)​
Children2
RelativesJanice Long (sister)

How did Keith Chegwin die?

Keith died following a “long-term battle with a progressive lung condition” on December 11, 2017.

The entertainer apologised to fans in September for not tweeting, saying: “Still not right. I will be back – But not for a bit yet. I’m so sorry.”

In a statement Keith’s family said: “We are heartbroken to share the news that Keith Chegwin sadly passed away following a long-term battle with a progressive lung condition, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which rapidly worsened towards the end of this year.

“Keith died peacefully at home shortly after midnight on the 11th of December. His wife Maria, his daughter Rose and his son Ted were by his side.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Severn Hospice for the kindness, support and care they have shown us all over the last few weeks.

“Keith was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. We would respectfully ask to be left to mourn his passing in private.”

Keith Chegwin Career

Keith Chegwin made appearances in various productions of the U.K.’s ‘Children’s Film Foundation’, most notably as the character ‘Egghead Wentworth’ in the 1970 film ‘Egghead’s Robot’.Simultaneously, he also featured in clothing catalogues as a child model and did TV commercials for ‘Cadbury’, ‘Pepsi’, ‘Tizer’, ‘Ready Brek’, etc.

In 1971 came his most impressive role as an actor, that of the character ’Fleance’ in director Roman Polanski’s rendition of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’.In 1972, he featured in the pilot episode of ‘Open All Hours’, and his career as a child artist took off.

He bagged roles in TV sitcoms like ‘The Liver Birds’ and ‘The Adventures of Black Beauty’; in films like ‘The Optimists of Nine Elms’ and at various West End shows.

Thereafter, he had a steady TV career in the form of TV shows like ‘Village Hall’, ‘Z Cars’ and consistent appearances in the 1975 show ‘The Wackers’. In the same year, he played his last noteworthy movie role in the film ‘Robin Hood Junior’.

Around the same time, in the mid-1970s, he explored his passion for singing and released some singles that caught the attention of the band ‘Kenny’ who offered him the lead singer’s role in their band. Soon, he took on the job of a radio jockey for a Liverpool radio station ‘194 Radio City’, and also worked with the famous radio presenter, Tony Blackburn, on his BBC Radio 1 weekend morning show.

Having developed a taste for interacting with viewers ad-lib through the radio, he proposed a children’s show to the BBC, but was initially turned down. In 1976, he teamed up with Noel Edmonds and John Craven on BBC 1 for the Saturday morning TV show ‘Multi-Coloured Swap Shop’, more popularly known as just ‘Swap Shop’.

Keith Chegwin Personal Life

From 1982 to 1993, Chegwin was married to presenter Maggie Philbin with whom he had a daughter, Rose. He later married Maria Anne Fielden; they had a son, Ted.

Keith Chegwin with wife Maria Anne Fielden
Keith Chegwin with wife Maria Anne Fielden

DJ Janice Long (1955–2021) was his older sister. He also had a twin brother, Jeff, with whom he attended stage school. He was an uncle of Hugo Chegwin, a music producer and one of the creators and stars of BBC Three sitcom People Just Do Nothing. He regularly made public appearances around the UK and was involved in charity work.

Chegwin and his wife lived in Ashmansworth, Hampshire but moved to a country home in the area of Shropshire between Whitchurch and Wem, partly because they wanted to be closer to family further north.

Keith Chegwin FAQ’s

Who was Keith Chegwin?

Keith Chegwin (17 January 1957 – 11 December 2017) 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.

How did Keith Chegwin die?

Keith died following a “long-term battle with a progressive lung condition” on December 11, 2017.

How old was Keith Chegwin?

Keith Chegwin died at 60 years old.

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