One Out of the Hat for Chic Littlewood

Chic Littlewood with magician Mick Peck

Pictured with prominent kiwi entertainer Chic Littlewood.

Born in England, Chic arrived in New Zealand in 1964.  His television debut was on Have a Shot the same year, and he went on to appear in practically every light entertainment show of the era, from Happen Inn to Go For It.  He also made at least 500 afternoon appearances with his old sparring partner, puppet Willie McNabb (voiced by Alma Woods), writing and presenting the popular children’s shows Chicaboom and Chic Chat.

Both as a star in his own right and as support to such celebrities as Dame Vera Lynn, The Irish Rovers, John Rowles and the Shadows, he has toured the country many times with cabaret concerts, light opera and even ballet.

A show business jack of all trades, Chic can certainly claim to be a master of at least a few, having twice been nominated as Best Actor in a Television Drama, winning the coveted N.E.O.A. Entertainer of the Year in 1977 and the prestigious Benny Award from the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand in 1979.  More recently he starred in a prominent role on Shortland Street for three years and made appearances on Hercules, Mercy Peak and in Peter Jackson’s King Kong.

UPDATE : Sad to report that Chic passed away in January 2015, he will be missed.