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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Comedians don their aprons for Bake-Off specials

Charity shows coming later this year

Comics Harry Hill, Lee Mack, Alan Carr, Tim Minchin, Roisin Conaty, Joe Lycett and Aisling Bea are to take part in the next celebrity Bake-Off  challenge.

They are among the stars taking part in five new episodes of The Great Celebrity  Stand Up To Cancer Bake Off for Channel 4.

Also taking part is Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher, leader of the Scottish Conservatives Ruth Davidson, comic and actor Griff Rhys Jones,  broadacster Bill Turnbull,  Stacey Solomon and  Melanie Sykes, Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson, Diversity’s Perri Kiely, Countdown presenter Nick Hewer, actor Martin Kemp, Paralympian Kadeena Cox, Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing and  singer Ella Eyre.

Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood will be judging the celebrities bakers when the shows air next year, while Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig host.

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Published: 8 Feb 2018

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