Jim Bowen and Adoption

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Jim Bowen, 2008


1937- Also known as Peter Williams and Jim Whittaker

British Comedian and Television Personality

Bowen was born Peter Williams in Liverpool and adopted as a baby nine months old, with the name Jim Whittaker. His adoptive parents were a weaver and a brick-maker in Lancashire, and he had a very happy childhood. He has been the host of the British television quiz game Bullseye since 1981. He lives in a converted railway station in Lancashire and is a devoted fan of Blackburn Rovers football [soccer] team.

He has no wish to trace his birth family and does not approve of tracing in general.


Bowen, Jim. A Bundle of Rags: An Autobiography. (London: Robson Books, 1995) Bowen, Jim. "I Just Cannot Believe How Lucky I Was to Be Adopted," Daily Mail [London], 1 December 1994, pp. 46-47