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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Kudos to the man in the Al Murray mask

Short film up for the Jarman Award

A short film in which a man walks along the South Coast wearing an Al Murray mask has been nominated for a film award.

Sharif Persaud improvised dialogue for the camera as he walked the five miles from Hastings to  Bexhill.

Over the course of The Mask talks about himself and what it means to have autism, mixing his real voice and a more gravelly tone of his alter-ego

And at the end of the walk, he interviews the real Al Murray in the dressing room of the De La Warr Pavilion.

The four-minute film was made in 2017 by a team with learning disabilities and featured as part of Channel 4’s Random Acts strand.

Now it has been nominated for the Jarman Award, handed out by London’s cutting-edge Whitechapel Gallery for films that ‘celebrate the spirit of experimentation, imagination and innovation’.

Here is the film:

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Published: 24 Sep 2020

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