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Covering Sid's early years in South Africa and life as a ladies' hairdresser, his obsession with gambling and women, his questioning by Scotland Yard in a murder case, Hancock's Half Hour and the Carry On films, and Sid's death on stage at the age of 63, Cliff Goodwin reveals the amazing truth behing the legend.


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Covering Sid's early years in South Africa and life as a ladies' hairdresser, his obsession with gambling and women, his questioning by Scotland Yard in a murder case, Hancock's Half Hour and the Carry On films, and Sid's death on stage at the age of 63, Cliff Goodwin reveals the amazing truth behing the legend.

30 review for Sid James: A Biography

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sean Peters

    Covering Sid's early years in South Africa and life as a ladies' hairdresser, his obsession with gambling and women, his questioning by Scotland Yard in a murder case, Hancock's Half Hour and the Carry On films, and Sid's death on stage at the age of 63, Cliff Goodwin reveals the amazing truth behind the legend. Yes Sid James led a full and hectic life and by no means was nothing like his screen persona, many fans will always remember Sid James and the womaniser, dirty old man of the Carry On fil Covering Sid's early years in South Africa and life as a ladies' hairdresser, his obsession with gambling and women, his questioning by Scotland Yard in a murder case, Hancock's Half Hour and the Carry On films, and Sid's death on stage at the age of 63, Cliff Goodwin reveals the amazing truth behind the legend. Yes Sid James led a full and hectic life and by no means was nothing like his screen persona, many fans will always remember Sid James and the womaniser, dirty old man of the Carry On films but he only made 19 Carry On films in a career filled with over 170 films, many television roles, many stage roles and a full career of overworking, mainly due to his need to make money. This book is a true eye opener to me and I am sure many fans, the lovable the lecherous laugh the lived in face, such a well known face of the British cinema , some critics make say the author is a little tough On Sid James, I disagree the author gives us a true story a true biography on a true British icon, but not quite the same lovable rogue in real life. Details of his life have been well researched, and as a film buff who reads many autobiographies and biographies these details are fact, although as fans we are shocked. Yes he had great qualities, a professional actor, friendly and likeable and dependable character actor always on time, always knew his lines, a gentleman (some of the time). Facts that will shock you are is womanising reputation, his severe addiction to gambling, whiskey, cigars, he relentless chasing of female co-stars, he problems through his life with money. Not afraid of hard work as always needing more money for his wife, his children but mainly for the horses, often tricking friends or using friends to help hide his addiction. Three wife's, many girlfriends, seven children a hectic and busy life, many stories will shock you. Highly recommended and well researched book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mikey James

    If anything, I was hoping this would be longer. I’ve been a fan of Sid from such an early age. It was sad to read about how he washed his hands of his South African family and spent most of what he earned on betting. This was a well written biography and gave some great insights into his life. Definitely recommend reading if you’re a fan of the Carry On team or anything Sid did.

  3. 4 out of 5

    joe darragh

    Loved every minute of the book . Sid was worse in real life than he played in the movies

  4. 4 out of 5

    Colin Winter

    Very good

  5. 4 out of 5

    stephen wiseman

    Interesting Sid's personal life was an amazing read, I still judge him on his professional skills that I have seen and heard. Actors also have a personal life.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Claire Biggs

    A good insight into the origins of a comedy legend

  7. 5 out of 5

    Keith Hudson

    A Good read and opens up the man behind that laugh

  8. 4 out of 5

    Doug Thrower

    An eye opener into Sid's life.

  9. 5 out of 5

    John

  10. 4 out of 5

    james lennie

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marcus Cerny

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mark Cameron

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gemma Trenick

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michele Thomas & David thomas

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mr A D Kay

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shaun

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mr Martyn R Nixon

  18. 4 out of 5

    ashley cooper

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ivan Gaskell

  20. 5 out of 5

    Steven Cadger

  21. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Cardy

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth Denholm

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lesli Crighton

  24. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Yarrow

  25. 5 out of 5

    john clark

  26. 4 out of 5

    Igenlode Wordsmith

  27. 5 out of 5

    jenny marsh

  28. 5 out of 5

    julia humby

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cher

  30. 4 out of 5

    W Harrison

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