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Terence Allan ('Spike') Milligan

(1918-2002), Comedian and writer

Sitter in 20 portraits
A unique comedy genius, Milligan made his radio debut in 1949 on Opportunity Knocks before coming to prominence as one of The Goons in the 1950s. He went on to reveal his bizarre, surreal sense of humour in television programmes including The World of Beachcomber (1968-9) and the Q series (1969-82). Milligan's publications included comic writing, verse, children's stories and several volumes of autobiography including Depression and How to Survive It (1993), a guide drawing from his own experience. In 1994 he was presented with a British Comedy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Spike Milligan, by Angus McBean - NPG P907

Spike Milligan

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1960
NPG P907

Spike Milligan, by Harry Hammond - NPG x15545

Spike Milligan

by Harry Hammond
bromide print, 1953
NPG x15545

Spike Milligan, by Angus McBean - NPG x131153

Spike Milligan

by Angus McBean
C-type colour print, 1961
NPG x131153

Spike Milligan, by Mark Gerson - NPG x13771

Spike Milligan

by Mark Gerson
bromide print, 1962
NPG x13771

Spike Milligan, by David Hurn - NPG x194297

Spike Milligan

by David Hurn
vintage print, circa 1965
NPG x194297

Spike Milligan, by Sir Harry Donald Secombe - NPG x125348

Spike Milligan

by Sir Harry Donald Secombe
bromide fibre print, 1968
NPG x125348

Spike Milligan, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165643

Spike Milligan

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 30 September 1969
NPG x165643

Spike Milligan, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165644

Spike Milligan

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 30 September 1969
NPG x165644

Spike Milligan, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x14143

Spike Milligan

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1969
NPG x14143

Spike Milligan, by Unknown photographer - NPG x182387

Spike Milligan

by Unknown photographer
bromide press print, 1973
NPG x182387

Spike Milligan, by Joe Gaffney - NPG x7939

Spike Milligan

by Joe Gaffney
bromide print on card mount, 1974
NPG x7939

Spike Milligan, by Paul Joyce - NPG x13446

Spike Milligan

by Paul Joyce
bromide print, April 1977
NPG x13446

Spike Milligan, by Paul Joyce - NPG x13414

Spike Milligan

by Paul Joyce
bromide print on card mount, April 1977
NPG x13414

Spike Milligan, by Homer Sykes, for  Camera Press: London: UK - NPG x184080

Spike Milligan

by Homer Sykes, for Camera Press: London: UK
bromide press print, 1979
NPG x184080

Spike Milligan, by Cecil Beaton - NPG D17943(37)

Spike Milligan

by Cecil Beaton
pencil, early 1970s
NPG D17943(37)

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