Bill Oddie

Bill Oddie


7/7/1941, Rochdale, Lancashire, England, UK

Birth Name

William Edgar Oddie


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Bill Oddie is a comedy writer and performer, author, composer, musician and a fantastic birdwatcher. Bill was married to Jean Hart and had 2 beautiful daughters Kate Hardie and Bonnie Hardie. Then he got a divorce and married Laura Beaumont which he has helped her with projects for…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Bill's first television appearance was in Bernard Braden's On The Braden Beat in 1964.

    • Bill performed in the comedy series 'Twice a Fortnight' with Graeme Garden, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Jonathan Lynn.

    • Bill Oddie joined the series Broaden Your Mind for the second season with Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor.

    • The nature shows that he hosted are:
      Birding with Bill Oddie
      Bird in the Nest
      Oddie in Paradise
      The Great Kenyan Bird Safari
      Favourite Walks
      Wild Weekends
      The Bird Business
      Flight to Eilat
      The Big Bird Race
      Bill Oddie Goes Wild
      Wild In Your Garden
      Britain Goes Wild
      The Truth about Killer Dinosuars

    • Bill plays the drums and saxophone and appeared as Cousin Kevin in a production of The Who's rock opera Tommy on 9 December 1972.

    • Bill was the compere of a daytime BBC gameshow, "History Hunt."

    • He was one of the first performers to parody a rock song.

    • Bill has been observing Britain's wildlife in : Britain Goes Wild with Bill Oddie and Bill Oddie's How to Watch Wildlife

    • Bill has been watching birds around the world in the series Birding with Bill Oddie.

    • He has been seen studying exotic birds in Papua New Guinea which was called on TV, Oddie in Paradise.

    • Bill returned to children's television after The Goodies' Cricklewood office closed in 1982.

    • Bill switched to commercial television and he contributed to the sketch show At Last the 1948 Show.

    • Bill wrote material and performed songs for the satirical shows That Was The Week That Was.

    • Bill's songs from the series "I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again" were released as singles and on an album titled "Distinctly Oddie".

    • After joining the Footlights Club, he contributed the musical numbers to the successful revue A Clump of Plinths.

    • Bill awarded the OBE in 2003 for services to wildlife conservation.

    • Bill studied English at Pembroke College, at Cambridge University.

    • Bill's second wife Laura Beaumont is a co-writer of books with him.

    • Bill co-wrote several episodes of "Doctor in the House" (1969) and its sequels with Graeme Garden

  • Quotes

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