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 revive Play Your Cards Right

How will its quality compare to Brucie's version? Higher or lower

Alan Carr is to follow in Sir Bruce Forsyth’s footsteps and host a reboot of Play Your Cards Right.

The Chatty Man star – who has just been asked from a  golden handcuffs contract with Channel 4 – will host a pilot for ITV.

An unnamed TV source told The Sun: ‘Alan is a great fit and is one of the very few current stars with the personality and skills to hold a show like this.’

Based on a US format called Card Sharks, Play Your Cards Right started in 1980 and ran for 248 episodes.

A previous attempt to revive the show was hosted by Vernon Kay.

Carr previously fronted an attempt to bring back another Brucie gameshow, The Price Is Right, but that came to nothing.

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Published: 8 Aug 2018


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