Sean Hughes

Sean Hughes

Date of birth: 19-11-1965
Best known for being a team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks from 1996 to 2002, Sean Hughes came to prominence as the youngest winner of the Perrier award for comedy in 1990, at the age of 24. His show in which he played a lovelorn Morrissey fan alone in his bedsit – was one of the first to have a narrative, rather than being made up of unrelated stand-up routines. Two years later, he landed his own Channel 4 comedy Sean's Show, a sitcom in which he acknowledged the artifice of the format He also appeared in a string of TV and film roles, including: Coronation Street, Casualty, and the lead in the 2002 film adaptation of Spike Milligan's comic novel, Puckoon. In 2007 he made a return to stand-up after a decade away.
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Sean Hughes: A life on screen

Ten clips from his distinctive comedy career

As Sean Hughes dies at the age of 51, here are ten highlights of his his three decades in comedy.

Early stand-up

Here's Sean Hughes performing at the Dublin Olympia in 1990, the year he became the youngest winner of the Perrier award at Edinburgh.

Clive Anderson Talks Back

Hughes appears on the chat show in 1990, soon after winning the Perrier:

Sean's Shorts

A series he made for the BBC in around 1992 in which he toured England:

Sean's Show

Postmodern comedy series set in his own home, and acknowledging the artifice of the format. It ran for two series in 1992 and 1993:

 Sean Hughes is Thirty Somehow 

His 1995 stand-up special, which was broadcast on Channel 4:

Never Mind The Buzzcocks

Hughes will forever be associated with the BBC Two pop quiz on which he  appeared from 1996 to 2002 alongside Phill Jupitus and Mark Lamarr. Here's a clip in which he appeared with Boy George.


Sean Hughes took the lead role in the in the 2002 adaptation of Spike Milligan's absurd novel, set in 1924, about a village divided by the Partition of Ireland

The Last Detective

He had a recurring dramatic role as Mod in the Peter Davison series The Last Detective, appearing in 17 episodes of the ITV series between 2003 and 2007.

The Right Side Of Wrong

His stand-up DVD from 2007 recorded his first national  UK tour in nearly a decade.


Hughes garnered more critical acclaim for his 2013 Edinburgh Fringe show Penguins, a tender, touching and personal story rooted in his schooldays.

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Published: 16 Oct 2017

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DVD (2004)

Book (1998)
The Detainee


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