Phill Jupitus

Phill Jupitus

Phill Jupitus began his performing career in 1984, when he quit working in a Job Centre to become a left-wing punk poet, going by the name Porky The Poet.

He did the rounds of pubs and universities, supporting bands including The Style Council, The Housemartins and Billy Bragg. Two years later, he began working for indie label Go! Discs - whose artists included Billy Bragg - where he eventually became press officer for The Housemartins. He has also directed videos for Billy Bragg and the late Kirsty McColl.

And as his poetry turned into comedy, Jupitus remained linked to the music scene, with his big TV break coming in 1996, when he joined BBC2's pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks as a regular team captain.

He also hosted his own show on BBC GLR, where he presented his own show from 1995 to 2000, and became the breakfast DJ on 6 Music in 2002.

As a stand-up, he has performed two UK tours: the Star-Wars-themed Jedi, Steady, Go in 1996, and Quadrophobia in 1999.

Phill also supported Madness on their 2000 national tour, and starred in a sitcom called Dark Ages for Granada Television. In January 2000, he joined BBC1's comedy panel game It's Only TV But I Like It as a team captain, alongside Jonathan Ross and Julian Clary.

He has also provided the voice of Dandelion in an animated series based on Watership Down for ITV and in Aardman Animation's Rex The Runt.

He has also played a patient in Holby City and an embittered sports journalist in the film Mike Bassett: England Manager.

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Phill Jupitus fined over hit-and-run

Five points on his licence for accident near his Fife home

Phill Jupitus has been £300 fined over a hit-and-run car crash.

The former Never Mind The Buzzcocks star smashed his Volvo XC60 SUV into a Ford Ranger pickup truck in the village of Colinsburgh, Fife, on December 21 last year.

But he didn't stop, leaving the Ford damaged at the side of the road.

Jupitus, 56, was not present for the short hearing at Dundee Justice of the Peace court today, but sent a guilty plea of failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

The comic – who lives in the fishing village of Pittenweem, about ten miles from the scene of the crash –  was also given five points on his licence

Fiscal depute Lynne Mannion said Jupitus had no previous convictions and no live points on his driving licence.

Jupitus moved to Fife in September 2017, saying he wanted to live ‘somewhere radically different from where I’ve been all my life. It was always in my head that I wanted to live near the sea.

‘While we were initially looking for somewhere closer to train lines and things, I actually quite like that where I live now it takes a bit of an effort to get there.’

– by Jamie Beatson of Kingdom News

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Published: 12 Mar 2019

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