Alan Carr

Alan Carr

Date of birth: 14-07-1976
Alan Carr, the son of football manager Graham was born in Weymouth and grew up in Northampton and Blackpool.

He studied drama and theatre studies at Middlesex University, after which he took on a series of dead-end jobs, from toilet cleaner to call-centre worker, before turning his hand to stand-up.

In 2001, he won the BBC New Comedy Award and the following year made his solo Edinburgh debut, returning in 2003 and 2005, where he came to the attention of Channel 4 executives looking for new presenters for The Friday Night project.

He has co-hosted the show (which later moved to Sundays) with Justin Lee Collins since 2006, and in 2008 landed his own Channel 4 game show, Alan Carr’s Celebrity Ding Dong.

He has also appeared on BBC One's Live At The Apollo, and was in the line up for the 2005 Royal Variety Performance. Guest appearances include FAQ U, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Countdown's dictionary corner and Never Mind The Buzzcocks

In 2007, he embarked on a major UK tour, Tooth Fairy Live, the DVD of which was a Christmas bestseller; and in 2008 his autobiography Look Who It Is! was published by HarperCollins.

Described as 'the spiritual son of Frankie Howerd, Carr was named best live stand-up at the 2007 British Comedy Awards and best comedy entertainment performer the following year. He was named circuit comic of the year in the 2005 North West Comedy Awards and nominated for best theatre tour in the 2008 Chortle awards.

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Alan Carr to host a Kylie spectacular

Surprise encounters with her fans will air on C4 this Christmas

Alan Carr is to host a one-off Channel 4 special with Kylie Minogue.

And the twist of  Kylie’s Secret Night is that the audience of fans had no idea they were going to spend an evening with their icon.

They believed they were attending a  Kylie-themed celebration, but were surprised when she showed up too.

In the 90-minute show, Carr will interview the superstar, while there are also hidden camera stunts and 'uplifting and heart-warming' fan tales. In one segment she surprises a teacher who runs Kylie-themed music classes for adults with learning difficulties by turning up to a rehearsal.

Minogue said of the programme: 'This was such an incredible show. It made me laugh, it made me cry. It was like time stood still and I was able to hear some amazing fan stories, reminisce and really take stock of the journey we’ve been on together.

'All in all, a wonderful celebration, and a reminder of what a privilege it is to be able to connect with people over time and borders and to inspire me to do it all again.'

The show will air this Christmas, followed by the UK TV premiere of Kylie’s Golden tour. 

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Published: 9 Nov 2019

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