Jack Dee

Jack Dee

Date of birth: 24-09-1962
Dee's first public act was an open-mike gig in 1988. He toiled away on the circuit with little success, while holding down menial kitchen jobs.

Disillusioned with his lack of progress, he was ready to quit when he took to the stage with a grumpy, 'couldn't care less attiude' which, to his surprised, won over the audience. In that moment he found his voice – and a career.

Things really took off in 1991, when he won the British Comedy Award for best stage newcomer as well as a Perrier Award nomination.

In February the following year he landed his own, series on Channel 4, setting him on the road to fame. By 1995 he was starring in his own series on ITV.

His list of awards to date include two at the 1995 British Comedy Awards, three British Advertising awards for his infamous 'widget' John Smith Bitter commercials in 1997, and the best stand-up gong at the 1997 British Comedy Awards.

As well as his comedy work, he has appeared on TV dramas including The Grimleys in 1996; fairground romance, Tunnel of Love in 2004; and The Deputy, where he played a political fixer alongside Warren Clarke, also in 2004. He has also performed in Yasmina Reza's award-winning play Art in the West End. Probably one of his most memorable television appearances was on the first Celebrity Big Brother, in 2001, which he won.

In 2004, Jack returned to stand-up on television with Jack Dee: Live At The Apollo featuring stand-up appearances from Joan Rivers, Ross Noble and Ardal O'Hanlon.

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Seann Walsh joins Jack Dee sitcom

Starring in Bad Move alongside Kerry Godliman, too

Seann Walsh has joined the cast of the new ITV1 sitcom Bad Move.

The series stars Jack Dee and Kerry Godliman as a married couple who decide to move to the countryside away from the rat race of the city.

And Walsh will also be appearing in the show when it airs this autumn, although details of his role have not yet been released.

He has posted images from the set on Instagram, with one of him and Dee captioned: 'Saw this man live at the Brighton Dome about 15 years ago. Now I'm in his new sitcom. He's a bit moody.....we get on.'

In another photo with director Martin Dennis, Walsh pointed out that he was wearing eyeliner because his character does.

Although best known for his appearances on stand-up and panel shows, Walsh is no stranger to acting, starring in the 2013 Comedy Central sitcom Big Bad World, playing a wayward monk in the 2014 sitcom plot Monks and starring in Sky’s silent comedy, Three Kinds of Stupid.

Dee is writing the show with Pete Sinclair, his collaborator on the BBC comedy Lead Balloon, and it revolves around the trials of the urbanites stuck in backwater with no internet and in a financial black hole after being ‘stitched up by unscrupulous estate agents, architects and builders,

Dee wrote Bad Move with Pete Sinclair, his collaborator on the BBC comedy Lead Balloon.

The sitcom will be made by Open Mike, the TV production outfit that Dee part-owns and a sister company to comedy agency Off The Kerb, which represents both Dee and Walsh.

Meanwhile, Walsh has today announced two dates at the Leicester Square Theatre in London next year. He will be performing his One For The Road tour show at the venue on March 9 and 10, and tickets are on sale now.

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Published: 21 Jun 2017

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