THE Snowman features heavily on our screens every Christmas time, but who is the creator of the famous book and TV adaptation?
Here’s what you need to know about Raymond Briggs.
Who is Raymond Briggs?
An English illustrator, cartoonist, graphic novelist and author, Raymond Briggs is best known for writing The Snowman.
The Snowman is the story of a boy named James who builds a snowman that comes to life.
It was adapted for a wordless TV special, featuring the song “Walking in the Air”.
In 2012 Briggs was the first person to be inducted into the British Comic Awards Hall of Fame.
How old is he?
Raymond Briggs was born in Wimbledon on January 18 1934, making him 84 years of age currently.
When did he write the Snowman and Father Christmas ?
Briggs created the illustrated book The Snowman in 1978 and it is by far his most famous work.
He wrote Father Christmas a few years earlier in 1973, followed by Father Christmas goes on holiday in 1975.
Father Christmas won the Kate Greenway Medal award and The Snowman’s TV adaptation in 1982 was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short film.
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Who was his wife?
Raymond Briggs’ wife Jean suffered from schizophrenia and died of leukaemia in 1973, just two year’s after Raymond’s parents.
The couple did not have any children.
He had a long-term partner Liz as of 2010, who died in 2015 after suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
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