Spike Milligan was born and raised in India but his family returned to England in 1934. During World War Two he served in the Royal Artillery in North Africa and Italy, where he was hospitalized with shell shock, and began to play guitar with a jazz group called The Bill Hall Trio in concert parties. After the war, he continued performing and began writing comedy with the assistance of Jimmy Grafton. Most of The Goon Show scripts were written by Milligan.
Milligan appeared in many films, stage shows and TV series, in addition to writing a large number of books for both adults and children, including poetry, fiction and autobiographies. ‘Puckoon’ was one of his most famous serious novels. He was awarded a CBE in 1992 and a Knighthood in 2000, for his achievements.
He was married three times (June Marlow, Patricia Milligan and Shelagh Sinclair), and had four children. He suffered from bi-polar (manic-depression), for most of his life and was hospitalised a number of times. The last surviving Goon, Milligan died at the age of 83 from liver failure.
Taking Spike’s role in The Goon Show LIVE! is Robin Queree.