Alan Carr

Alan Carr

Date of birth: 14-07-1976
Alan Carr, the son of football manager Graham was born in Weymouth and grew up in Northampton and Blackpool.

He studied drama and theatre studies at Middlesex University, after which he took on a series of dead-end jobs, from toilet cleaner to call-centre worker, before turning his hand to stand-up.

In 2001, he won the BBC New Comedy Award and the following year made his solo Edinburgh debut, returning in 2003 and 2005, where he came to the attention of Channel 4 executives looking for new presenters for The Friday Night project.

He has co-hosted the show (which later moved to Sundays) with Justin Lee Collins since 2006, and in 2008 landed his own Channel 4 game show, Alan Carr’s Celebrity Ding Dong.

He has also appeared on BBC One's Live At The Apollo, and was in the line up for the 2005 Royal Variety Performance. Guest appearances include FAQ U, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Countdown's dictionary corner and Never Mind The Buzzcocks

In 2007, he embarked on a major UK tour, Tooth Fairy Live, the DVD of which was a Christmas bestseller; and in 2008 his autobiography Look Who It Is! was published by HarperCollins.

Described as 'the spiritual son of Frankie Howerd, Carr was named best live stand-up at the 2007 British Comedy Awards and best comedy entertainment performer the following year. He was named circuit comic of the year in the 2005 North West Comedy Awards and nominated for best theatre tour in the 2008 Chortle awards.

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C4 plans new shows with Miranda Hart, Alan Carr and Harry Hill

Entertainment shake-up ahead

Miranda Hart, Harry Hill and Alan Carr are to star in new entertainment shows for Channel 4.

Carr is fronting two new shows, including I Don’t Like Mondays, which has been described as a ‘Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush-style gameshow’.

In the six hour-long episodes, likely to air on Sunday nights, contestants will play a series of games in a bid to win a year’s salary.

Chris Fouracre, of  programme-makers Alaska TV Chris Fouracre said: 'We’ve all had that dread of the alarm clock going off on Monday morning, signalling the start of another working week. Hopefully, I Don’t Like Mondays will be a televisual antidote to that universal feeling and Alan is the perfect man to deliver it.'

Carr has also been signed up to front The Remote Controller, a Dragons’ Den-style format devised by Harry Hill

As Chortle reported earlier this year, the show will involve members of the public pitching their ideas for TV shows to a panel of experts, including Hill.

Channel 4 is piloting an hour-long episode – but it won't be broadcast.

Today’s news comes on top of the earlier announcement that Carr will present a reboot of The Price Is Right. A one-off pilot has been commissioned for broadcast.

Details of Hart’s project are sketchier, but  Channel 4’s entertainment boss Ed Havard, said it was ‘pretty extraordinary’ to be working with the comic on an hour-long pilot, which will be broadcast.

He said: 'I have wanted to work with Miranda for a very long time and I’m thrilled we are going to get the chance to do so..’

Hart – who is currently starring in Annie in the West End – piloted a reboot of The Generation Game for the BBC two years ago, but the show went no further, with the comic saying she wanted to focus on acting and writing. 

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Published: 22 Jun 2017

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