Bullseye icon Jim Bowen dies, aged 80

By Kirsten Rawlins | Theatre & Comedy | Published:

Bullseye star and comedian Jim Bowen has died, aged 80.

Jim Bowen

The broadcaster, actor and funnyman began his career as a stand-up comedian in the 60s.

See a clip of Jim Bowen with special guest George Best on Bullseye here:

Bullseye - George Best

He became a household name when he began presenting Bullseye in 1981, which ran for 15 years.

The Lancashire-born star was best known for the TV game show, which was watched by more than 12 million viewers.

The darts-themed show aired in the 1980s and 1990s, obtaining cult status among university students.

He was known for the "super, smashing, great" and "now look what you could have won..." catchphrases in the show.

The former comedian was previously a deputy headmaster.


Jim also starred in a number of TV shows, including Phoenix Nights, Muck and Brass, Jonathan Creek, and The Grimleys.

In 2011, Bowen, also known as Alf in the Tetley Bitter adverts, said he had learned to "appreciate all the things in life" after suffering two strokes.

Tributes have poured in for the star across social media.

Those expressing their sadness at Jim's death include Scottish comedian Limmy, actor Will Mellor and Jim Davidson.


Kirsten Rawlins

By Kirsten Rawlins

Online Entertainment Editor for the Express & Star and Shropshire Star. E-mail me, or phone 01902 319368


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