Who is Bill Tidy?
Bill Tidy (born William Edward Tidy) MBE was an eminent British cartoonist, writer, and television personality, known chiefly for his comic strips. He was noted for his charitable work, particularly for the Lord’s Taverners which he supported for over 30 years. Deeply proud of his working class in Northern England, his most abiding cartoon strips such as The Cloogies and The Fosdyke Saga, were set in an exaggerated version of that environment. Because of his services to journalism, he was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2001 New Year Honours.
Bill Tidy Career
As his work became known and became published in the Daily Sketch and Daily Mirror, he moved to London. There, together with a number of his contemporaries in Fleet Street formed the British Cartoonists’ Association. He is known for his cartoon strips – The Cloogies ran from 1967 to 1981 in the fortnightly satirical magazine Private Eye and The Fosdyke Saga was published daily in the Daily Mirror from 1971 to 1984. The latter was a parody of The Forsyte Saga, set in the industrial north instead of a genteel upper-class environment.
This was broadcast as a radio series from 1983 in 42 parts by the BBC, with additional scripting by restarting producing the Fosdyke Saga cartoon strip on his own website where he also offered a variety of his works for sale. Other cartoon strip series and individual cartoons have been published in many other newspapers and magazines. Including; New Scientist (Grimbledon Down for 24 years), What’s Brewing (CAMRA’s monthly magazine), and Punch. When Punch ceased publication, Tidy attempted to buy the title. Moreover, he has written 20 books and illustrated 70.
His TV appearances have included Countdown, Watercolour Challenge, Through the Keyhole, Blankety Blank, and Countryfile. Whereas his radio appearances included an accomplished performance on a 1988 edition of I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue when he stood in for Barry Cryer. He then wrote and presented Draw Me, a children’s television series in 13 parts. And was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1975 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews. Between 1985 and 1993, he was a frequent celebrity guest in ‘Dictionary Corner’ on the long-running Channel 4 gameshow Countdown. His artistic style was similar to that of his late friend and fellow cartoonist, Larry.
How Old Is Bill Tidy?
He was 89 years old at the time of his death on March 11, 2023. Having been born on October 9, 1933, in Tranmere Cheshire, England. Bill Tidy shared his birthdate with celebrities such as; Bella Hadid, Landon Barker, John Lennon (1940-1980), Mariah Jade, Tyler James Williams, and many more.
Bill Tidy Family
Who are Bill Tidy Parents?
He was born to William Edward Tidy (Father) and Catherine Price (Mother). His father was a merchant sailor who walked out of the family when Bill was a child. Thus Bill was brought up by his mother, at her off-license in Liverpool.
Does Bill Tidy have Siblings?
There is no news on the internet showing whether he had siblings or not. In case there is news regarding this matter, we will update it here as soon as possible.
Bill Tidy Education
He received his education at St Margaret’s Church of England Academy. His first published cartoon appeared in the school magazine.
Bill Tidy Marital Status
He was married to the love of his life Rosa Tidy. They married in 1960. And thus were married for over 6 decades.
Bill Tidy Kids
He and his wife have three kids. However, his kids’ names are not mentioned on the internet.
Bill Tidy Height and Measurements
His body measurements are not mentioned on the internet. But he stood at an average height and a moderate weight.
Bill Tidy Salary and Net Worth
His salary is not mentioned on the internet. But we speculate he earned a decent salary. And had an estimated net worth of $5 million.