Ian was born at a very young age. He is a comic, writer of
books, plays, pantomimes, a reformed juggler, an actor
and dabbler in many areas. He is a veteran of over 50
pantomimes having performed with, directed or written for
stars such as Frankie Howerd, Sylvester McCoy, Bernie
Clifton, Julie Goodyear, Little and Large, Cannon and Ball
and Timmy Mallett in such diverse venues as Theatre
Royal Nottingham, Derngate Theatre, Northampton,
Harwich Docks and Gatwick Airport. For the last
eight years he was director, writer and performer at
Telford’s Place Theatre.
Since appearing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2007 he has
established himself as one of the country’s leading stand-up comics
for kids (there’s not much competition to be fair) and toured the
show to great acclaim in Australia, Cyprus, Germany, Egypt, Qatar,
Switzerland, Russian, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Jordan,
Oman, Vietnam, UAE, Uganda and Kenya.
Ian has recently appeared in BBC TV “Doctors,” in the BBC radio
drama,“The Colcloughs,” once penned episodes for CBBC TV’s
“ChuckleVision,” “Gigglybiz” and almost wrote for “The Teletubbies.”
When not performing Ian is a children's author with seventeen
titles published so far - including SAM HAWKINS, PIRATE
DETECTIVE, AND THE CASE OF THE CUTGLASS CUTLASS,
CHOCOLATE MELTDOWN, SNOT MONSTER and
IAN BILLINGS' LOST PROPERTY published by Macmillan,
Fiction Express and Tiddley Pom Books.
The first Sam Hawkins title was recorded as an audio book for
the BBC. He has an M.A. from the University of Birmingham
and is going back next year for the rest of the alphabet.
This year has seen a flurry of literary activity with six new
children's books being published - CHICKENS IN ART, BILLY
PLONKA AND THE GROT LABORATORY, CORGI AND THE
PURSUIT OF THE PRINCE'S PANTS, REVOLTING LITTLE
CHARACTERS, THE KING'S NEW SPACE SUIT and I'VE GOT
And Here's Some Books He Wrote...
And Recent Events...
...include a five-star return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a brand new show, "ACT YOUR AGE (Not Your Shoe Size!) with comedy poet and cartoonist, Chris White ...
and the publication of some new books...
And he's just written this...