I was born in London and lived with my parents and grandparents in a council flat on the White City Estate in Shepherds Bush. My mother and father were both Russian variety artistes and circus performers. My early years were spent touring with them in numerous circuses and variety theatres in England, living in caravans and theatrical digs, and being educated in a different school each week. I must have gone to well over 100 schools. Between the ages of 8 and 9 I shared a large bus with six chimpanzees when my parents toured around Europe with a chimpanzee act. The chimps became my surrogate brothers and sisters. I had no formal schooling during this period, and most of my reading matter came from ‘The Dandy’, ‘The Beano’ and ‘The Beezer’ which my grandmother sent me from England.

As a teenager I ran at an athletics event at the White City Stadium and was the 6th fastest young quarter miler in London.

Over the years I have done many different things and tackled various jobs to pay the rent including:

  • •    A cartoonist exhibiting in West End subways
  • •    Carpet seller in Shepherd’s Bush Market
  • •    Salesperson at Burtons
  • •    Teaboy in an electronics factory
  • •    Graphic & photographic designer
  • •    Cleaner in St.James’s Palace
  • •    An extra in British and Dutch TV
  • •    Bottle operative at the Heineken factory in Amsterdam
  • •    Labourer, painter and wallpaper-stripper in house renovation
  • •    Travel agent clerk and postboy
  • •    Teacher and Lecturer
  • •    Stage manager in a Soho strip joint
  • •    Accounts clerk
  • •    Cleaner with a domestics agency
  • •    Book factory operative
  • •    Ceiling art restorer at Carlton House Terrace

Later I trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and then spent 8 years in the theatre as a Stage Manager /Actor working for both the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre. After which I worked for many years at the BBC as a Script Editor and Drama Producer on several award winning TV series.

I now spend my time playing with photos and writing. My first novel – “A STINK IN THE TALE” – a comedy thriller, about how flatulence brings down the British Government, comes out lthis October published by Telos Publishing  http://www.telos.co.uk

All Photographs & Cartoons © Evgeny Gridneff  All Rights Reserved



  1. You have lived quite a life there. I feel so boring now. 🙂

    • Still hopefully a long way to go yet! Don’t feel boring. Climb that mountain tomorrow – or alternatively, relax, have a drink and keep smiling!

    • KERBEY Me too! And I’m trying to beat off the Monday blues!

  2. Wow, what an interesting life you have led so far. The highlight of mine is seeing a giraffe once haha!

    • It’s had its moments! You can’t get higher than a giraffe!

  3. When we arrived in North Cyprus, we got picked up by a guy who’d been a bank robber and done 20 years in Wormwood Scrubs, funniest guy we’ve met and a fair dinkum bloke. Interesting ilfe you’ve led but you’ve definitely lived life as opposed to drifting through with blank eyes!

    • Thank you. Once I was prescribed glasses, I saw things much clearer!

  4. vittoriaadorno

    Very interesting life! I think having animals as brothers and sisters is a unique experience.

    • Thanks. They never answered back and shared their bananas and porridge with me! I also learnt to climb trees. It was a swinging time.

  5. Hello!
    Thank you for following my blog. I know how many interesting blogs are out there and feel honored that you picked mine to follow. I hope my stories entertain and inform and my photos bring you joy and wonderment.
    I travel mostly local but try to always find interesting places. I have lived in several different places and dig through my archives of photos to bring glimpses into places I have been. Sometimes I post a recipe because food tells a lot about culture.
    I am not a professional photographer, so my photos are sometimes a little fuzzy and there are telephone poles and wires and other things along with what I was photographing. The older photos are 35mm, the newer are point and shoot digital and a few are Samsung Smartphone.
    I am new to blogging so if you have any advice or critique please drop me a comment.
    Thank you again for following and to quote Mark Twain: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
    Iris the Wanderer

    • Thanks. I’ll look forward to your blogs. Just do what interests you and others will follow.

  6. I imagine you can never be at a loss for blog fodder after a life like that!! Look forward to reading all about it 🙂

    • Thank you so much! I’m still in search of that belly laugh at the end of the rainbow. 🙂

  7. SouthernWild

    WOW you have lived a very eventful life, and to have so many talents. I too have am writing my first book. it’s a crime thriller. Looking forward to reading and seeing your blog post…and your book when it comes out. 🙂

    • Thank you. Hopefully it’ll be out in the next few months. 🙂

  8. Hello, fellow blogger! A peaceful day to you!
    Congrats! You are nominated for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award.
    You can check http://wp.me/p32YrK-1Kp for more details.

    • Thank you so much for the nomination! I am most touched.

      • Most welcome. 🙂

  9. Hello, nice to meet you. You have a great blog, I love it. And… seems you are so alive 🙂
    Regards, Risty

    • Nice to meet you too, Risty. Thank you for those kind words. I’ve learnt that life is so much about your attitude to it. Embrace it, and it will hug you. Complain and you will get what you deserve. Keep smiling! Evgeny

      • wooow.. so inspiring.. May i share your “About” to my facebook?

      • I’m flattered, please do 🙂

      • Thanks a lot 🙂

  10. What an interesting, exciting life!! Good luck with your book– I am sure it will be a winner!

  11. Congratulations!
    I have nominated your blog for the Versatile Blogger Award.
    More about this nomination is at

  12. Thanks for stopping by and liking my painting… I love your sense of humour…Fast and fun stuff!

  13. Just noticed your writing a book,Are you expecting it to be a bit of a blast?

    • Hopefully blow readers away! 😀

      • A long run then?

      • Depends on which way the wind blows!

      • atmospheric novels never fail

      • This could be the first!

      • or number 2!

      • Then I’ll certainly be flushed with success, and I’ll be able to poopoo all my detractors!

      • Yeh!. Over and out!!!! 🙂

  14. Thank you for stopping by my blog and liking my Tony the Tiger! I’m following you for what looks to be a fun ride!

  15. God bless you dear!

  16. What a life !! Thanks for dropping by 🙂

    • I’ve only just started! Thank you for your interest. 😀

  17. A book about gouverments can only be a thriller, a comedy or both… “lol” 😎

    Very interesting blog you have ‘built here… 😉

    • Thank you! Hopefully the book will be thrilling funny exposing the government as a lot of wind! 😀

  18. Hello,it is a pleasure of mine to be in such a creative place like Yours ,You have amazing art Blog, full of joy , Bless,eM

    • Thank you so much for your generous comment!

      • i just write what i see,honest first friend,Bless

      • Many blessings on you too!

  19. The great school of life! What an interesting upbringing and career you’ve had. 🙂

  20. I saw your comment on Martin Art that your cartoons have been rejected for 50 years. I would be delighted to showcase these on my cartoon blog as a Wednesday guest post: Obese, Able men, octopuss, Seesaw or any 4 cartoons your choice. Perhaps we can consider this a “published” for you. Lemme know if interested.

  21. Play, did you say play? I love play and WordPress is the best place to play like Mr. DaG above me. I’m in for the game.

    • Where we will all hopefully win, and even laugh when we lose!

  22. Wow you have had a very interesting CV, no wonder you have turned to the funny side of life! My grandfather was a comedian in Music Hall, the only thing he could face after returning from World War One. I am honoured that you like my post Kazimir Malevich. I love Russian culture, the art and the prose. I will watch your blog with interest. Sheila

  23. Great to meet a fellow student of the University of Life, although you seem to attended more modules than me!

    • And failed a lot of them! Although I’m now studying for that Great Exam for entrance to the next life 😀

  24. Thank you for the like, it is much appreciated.
    Kind regards

  25. Thanks for liking my cartoon strip. I hope your book does well! An impressive list of occupations!:)

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