Al Murray

Al Murray

Murray's grandfather Sir Ralph Murray was a diplomat, working at the Political< Warfare Establishment propaganda unit. And his great-great-great-grandfather was William Makepeace Thackeray.

Al wread modern history at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, where he started performing comedy.

His break came in 1994, when he was invited compere in Harry Hill's Edinburgh show Pub Internationale, and created the pub landlord character.

Nominated for the Perrier more often than anyone else, Murray was ruled out the running in 1999 for being 'too popular', until organisers relented. He was also nominated for best theatre tour in the 2008 Chortle awards.

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Al Murray wins panto prize

Oh yes he does... for role in Jack & The Beanstalk

Al Murray, Roy Hudd, Elaine C Smith and The Chuckle Brothers have all gone away winners at the Great British Pantomime Awards.

Murray won best newcomer for his performance as Idle Al in Jack and the Beanstalk at the New Wimbledon Theatre, while the Chuckle Brothers won for Snow White at the Mayflower in Southampton.

Two Doors Down star Smith was named best fairy for Sleeping Beauty at Glasgow Kings Theatre and CBBC star Danny Adams was named best comic for his role in Peter Pan at theTheatre Royal Newcastle.

Hudd won a lifetime achievement award along with Nick Thomas, chairman of leading panto producers QDos.

On Twitter Murray joked about scooping a best newcomer award 27 years after staring in comedy:

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Published: 17 Apr 2018

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