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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 7 July 1941Rochdale, Lancashire, England, UK
Birth NameWilliam Edgar Oddie
Height 5' 3½" (1.61 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Bill Oddie was born on July 7, 1941 in Rochdale, Lancashire, England as William Edgar Oddie. He is a writer and actor, known for Springwatch (2005), The Goodies (1970) and Doctor in the House (1969). He is married to Laura Beaumont. They have one child. He was previously married to Jeanne M. Hart.

Spouse (2)

Jeanne M. Hart (1967 - ?) (divorced) (2 children)
Laura Beaumont (? - present) (1 child)

Trivia (15)

Father of Kate Hardie
Co-wrote several episodes of Doctor in the House (1969) and its sequels with Graeme Garden
His second wife Laura Beaumont is a co-writer of books with him.
Father of actress Kate Hardie and Bonnie (from his first marriage); and father of Rosie (from his present marriage).
Studied English at Pembroke College, at Cambridge University.
Was a member of the highly successful BBC radio show, "I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again". Other cast members included Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, John Cleese, David Hatch and Jo Kendall.
Was a member of the prestigious Cambridge University Footlights Club, where his musical genius was given free reign.
Went to the United States with the Footlights stage show "Cambridge Circus" in 1964, and appeared on the "Ed Sullivan Show".
A well-known birdwatcher, Oddie wrote "Persecuting Pigeons In Trafalgar Square" and "The Turkey Strangler Song" for ISIRTA.
He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to wildlife conservation.
Plays the Oboe
Son-in-law of Sally Barnes.
Became the third person, in the shows history, to have turned away the 'This Is Your Life (1995 TV series) [1995-]' Red Book, in 2001. Nevertheless, he was eventually persuaded by his family and the show then aired on 31st January 2002.
Whilst on holiday in the Seychelles he was saved from drowning by Freddy Marks.
Hampstead, London, England [April 2009]

Personal Quotes (6)

Jimmy Savile had a big label on saying 'weirdo'.
[on Rolf Harris] He's a jolly bloke. He would want his morning cuddle from the secretary and she'd be only too happy to give it him.
[on Rolf Harris, who was convicted of 12 indecent assaults against four girls] I find it really, really awful, because his wife is not well, hasn't been for a long time. As if life isn't tough enough really with all that sort of thing going on. Leave him alone.
[on Operation Yewtree] Something doesn't quite ring right. You see the police, or somebody, working their way through these people from 40, 50 years ago. A fuck of a long time, isn't it? What's been going on since? I just don't understand it. What made those women, or youngsters when they were growing up, suddenly go to the police? Or did they? Did the police suddenly decide from some unclosed dossier they have?
All I can say about that truthfully is that none of us ever thought he [Sir Jimmy Savile] was anything but strange.
I was upset for Rolf Harris, who I know reasonably well, and I'm a great admirer of him; he's a very interesting, talented person. We just let these things go and it's hard to conceive how ghastly it must be. OK, you could say it's ghastly for whoever was involved - or not. But it's pretty ghastly for him, considering the age he is.

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