Lee Mack

Lee Mack

Real name: Lee Gordon McKillop
Born in Blackburn and raised in Southport, Lee Mack started in comedy after a series of casual jobs, including stableboy and working in a bingo hall. His first taste of stand-up came as a Pontin's bluecoat.

His frist experience of the wider circuit came in 1994, when he did his first open mike slot while a student at Brunel University, West London. Within 18 months, he had won the So You Think You're Funny new act competition at the 1995 Edinburgh Fringe and become a full-time comedian.

In 1996, he returned to the festival as part of an ensemble show, Gagging For It, and the following year he performed the solo show Return Of The Mack. He had some level of fame by then, having hosted the Channel 4 stand-up show Gas, but found the experience of performing alone disheartening.

So in 1999, he teamed up with Catherine Tate and Dan Antopolski for the Fringe sketch show Lee Mack's Bits, and the 2000 follow-up was nominated for the Perrier. On the strength of that, Mack became one of the key players in ITV's The Sketch Show, which ran from 2001 to 2003. He was the only member of the UK cast to feature in the short-lived American remake, introduced by Kelsey Grammer, in 2004.

The following year he landed the job of host on BBC One sports quiz They Think It's All Over, taking over from Nick Hancock. But the programme was cancelled after one series with Mack in the chair.

He then moved to sitcom, premiering the traditional studio-based Not Going Out on BBC One in October 2006, at a time when that style was thought to be dead. The show returned for a second series in September 2007 and a third in January 2009. It has won Rose d'Or and Royal Television Society awards.

Mack is also a team captain on the BBC One panel show Would I Lie To You?

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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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