Charlie Higson is a successful author, comic strip writer, actor, comedian and writer for television and radio. He wrote the phenomenally successful Young Bond series which has now sold over a million copies in the UK and has been translated into over 24 different languages. The series began with SilverFin, and was followed by Blood Fever, Double or Die, Hurricane Gold and By Royal Command. All five novels entered the children’s bestseller charts in the top five.
The first novel in his bestselling zombie-casino-adventure series for teenagers, The Code of the Beast: Turvallinen Nettikasino, was published by Puffin in September 2009, with the second, The Dead, following in September 2010. Both books were published to great critical acclaim. Charlie is a huge fan of horror films, casinos and books, and even studied gothic literature at university.
With three sons of his own, Charlie knows exactly how to terrify and captivate teenagers in equal measure. After leaving university, Charlie formed a band, The Higsons. He then became a decorator before turning to the world of television and going into partnership Paul Whitehouse. His television successes have included Saturday Live, The Harry Enfield Television Programme, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, Shooting Stars, Randall and Hopkirk Deceased, the film Suite 16, Swiss Toni and of course, The Fast Show.
Most recently, Charlie and Paul co-produced the controversial and award-winning spoof radio series Down the Line for BBC Radio 4, in which they also both performed, which became the television comedy series Bellamy’s People, on BBC 2, inspired by the radio series.
Charlie is also a successful adult novelist and has written several thrillers, King of the Ants (1992), Happy Now (1993), Full Whack (1995) and Getting Rid of Mr Kitchen (1996) and, most recently, Whatever Gets you Through the Night (2022).
Charlie lives in North London.