Craig Joseph Charles (born 11 July 1964) is a British actor, television presenter, DJ and poet. He plays Dave Lister in the science fiction sitcom Red Dwarf and played Lloyd Mullaney in the soap opera Coronation Street. As a funk and soul DJ he regularly appears on BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Radio 2, and was the presenter of the gladiator-style game show Robot Wars from 1998 to 2004.
Charles first appeared on television as a performance poet, which led to minor presenting roles. After finding fame in Red Dwarf, he regularly featured on national television with celebrity appearances on many popular shows while he continued to host a wide variety of programmes.
Charles also narrated the comedy endurance show Takeshi’s Castle. From 2017, he has hosted The Gadget Show for Channel 5. His acting credits include playing inmate Eugene Buffy in the ITV drama The Governor, and leading roles in the British films Fated and Clubbing to Death. He has toured the UK extensively as a stand-up comedian.
Charles has hosted The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show on BBC radio since 2002, and performs DJ sets at numerous clubs and festivals, nationally and internationally. In September 2015, he left Coronation Street after ten years, to film new episodes of Red Dwarf.