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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How Al Murray saved a farm worker's life

Comic tells of horrific accident

comedyAl Murray has revealed how he once helped save a teenage farm worker’s life after a horrifying accident 

The comic was just 11 years old and on holiday on his cousins’ Suffolk farm, when he heard the agonised cries of 18-year-old Chris Brown, whose arm had become trapped in a hay baler. He was losing a lot of blood.

Murray recalled: ‘I heard someone crying for help. I looked over and there was this baler, and I could see some welly boots sticking out from what looked like inside the baler, in the gap between the baler and a tractor. There he was caught in this thing.

Brown had got out of the cab to investigate a jam in the machine, but left it running. ‘I slipped on the straw and I got picked up by the pick-up reel, which then pulled me into the machine,’ he said as he told his story on BBC One’s Countryfile yesterday.

Murray added: ’I remember grabbing him by his boots and trying to pull him out of the machine. I didn’t realise quite how firmly lodged he was or quite how much it had him in its grip’

Only then did Murray turn the tractor off, and ran to fetch help.

Brown spent 18 months in and out of hospital, getting skin, muscle and tendon grafts – and although his arm was saved, he still bears significant scars.

Murray recalled the dramatic day in support of a new campaign to cut the number of farm accidents. He has also appeared on Radio 5 Live today to raise awareness of the issue:

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Published: 24 Jul 2017

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