Birth Date: July 11, 1964 / Age: 53
Birth Place: Liverpool, England, UK
Biography: Craig Charles (born July 11, 1964) is a British actor, poet and television presenter. He was born in Liverpool, and is best known for playing Dave Lister in Red Dwarf.
Before turning to entertainment, Charles played football (most notably for Tranmere Rovers). He started his career as a performance poet on the British cabaret circuit, appearing as on the late-night comedy programme, Saturday Live, and later as a presenter of children's television programmes. He also appeared weekly as a John Cooper Clarke-style 'punk poet' on the BBC pop music television programme The Oxford Road Show, calling himself Susan Williams. He presented the virtual reality gameshow CyberZone, shown in 1993 in the UK, the reality television show Jailbreak, and late night 'chat' show Weapons of Mass Distraction, shown in 2004.
He was married to Cathy Tyson from 1984 to 1989 and married his second wife, Jackie, on August 9, 1999.
Craig Charles finally acquired cult status as the Liverpudlian slob, Dave Lister, in the series Red Dwarf. From 1998 until 2004, he presented the 'game show' Robot Wars, on BBC Two (from 1998-2003) and five (from 2003-2004). He is also a DJ on the radio station BBC 6 Music.
In 1994, Charles and a friend were arrested and remanded in custody for several months on a rape charge. At their trial the following year, they were both exonerated. Craig's imprisonment delayed the production of Red Dwarf VII
Craig was also the voice-over man for the Japanese hit TV-show Takeshi's Castle, shown on Challenge. In 2005 he participated in Channel 4 reality sports show The Games, coming 4th overall in the men's competition, despite missing 2 events due to injury.
Craig joined the cast of long-running serial Coronation Street in 2005, his first appearance having been aired on June 20. He plays a philandering taxi driver called Lloyd.