Born in Clitheroe, Lancashire, the diminutive little performer spent much of his early life in Blacko, near Nelson.
Affectionately known as the Clitheroe Kid, he began acting in Sunday School concerts at the local Methodist chapel before starring in variety shows, films, radio and television, in a career that spanned five decades from the 1930s to the 1970s.
Originally best-known in the north of England, and a long-standing regular in the Blackpool end-of-the-pier variety shows, Jimmy gained wider popularity in the 1950s on radio and later in television.
He appeared on BBC national radio in the mid-1950s in The Mayor's Parlour with comedian Jimmy James and in Norman Evans's radio shows. From 1955-1958 Jimmy starred in his own radio variety show Call Boy which led to the hugely successful series The Clitheroe Kid, which ran for 15 years from 1957-1972.
Jimmy never grew taller than 4 feet 3 inches (1.3 metres), and throughout his career mainly played the character role of an 11-year-old schoolboy, complete with school cap and blazer.
As the Peter Pan of show business: Jimmy Clitheroe was the real-life boy who never grew up.
- “Don't some mother's 'ave 'em”
- “I'm all there with me cough drops”
The Clitheroe Kid – Oct 1965
The Clitheroe Kid – Dec 1967
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