Al Murray

Al Murray

Murray's grandfather Sir Ralph Murray was a diplomat, working at the Political< Warfare Establishment propaganda unit. And his great-great-great-grandfather was William Makepeace Thackeray.

Al wread modern history at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, where he started performing comedy.

His break came in 1994, when he was invited compere in Harry Hill's Edinburgh show Pub Internationale, and created the pub landlord character.

Nominated for the Perrier more often than anyone else, Murray was ruled out the running in 1999 for being 'too popular', until organisers relented. He was also nominated for best theatre tour in the 2008 Chortle awards.

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Stalker banned from Al Murray's gigs

A stalker who spent years harassing Al Murray has been banned from attending his live gigs.

Lucy Bird, 46, sent unwanted letters and parcels to the Pub Landlord comedian and told him: ‘I know where you live.’

Her actions – including repeatedly trying to get backstage on Murray’s tours and obtaining photos - were so unsettling that her photo was circulated to security staff at all Murray’s gigs.

In a statement to Northampton Magistrates' Court, Murray, 52, said: ‘This contact is causing me distress’ and that ‘targeting my family was completely wrong’. He added that her actions ‘wrecked my experience with social media’.

Bird pleaded guilty to three counts of harassment and one count of stalking when she appeared before magistrates, it has been widely reported. She was  handed a 16 week jail term suspended for two years.

Bird reportedly told the court she became obsessed with Murray following her marriage breakdown nine years ago and vowed: ‘I can’t stop fancying him but I can stop my behaviours.’

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Published: 29 Apr 2021

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