Russell Howard

Russell Howard

Date of birth: 23-03-1980
Bristol-born Russell Howard started comedy as a teenager, making the finals of Channel 4's So You Think Your Funny? competition in 1999 in only his fifth ever gig. Two year later, he was also a finalist in the BBC New Comedy Awards.

He made his Edinburgh debut in 2002, sharing an hour-long show, and returned the following year as part of the long-running Comedy Zone showcase line-up. His first solo show was in 2004.

In 2006, he joined BBC Two's topical panel game Mock the Week as a regular panellist,which led to Russell Howard's Good News from 2009 to 2015, which became BBC Three's biggest entertainment show.

In 2014, he signed to Comedy Central to front a stand-up showcase and a travelogue in which he took his mum around the USA. And in 2016 he signed with Sky for a new entertainment show.

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It's the universe saying, "don't get ahead of yourself"

Russell Howard on life in lockdown

comedyRussell Howard has spoken of his ‘heartbreak’ at being forced to live away from his wife during lockdown.

The comedian is married to Cerys, a geriatric doctor who was on sabbatical but returned to work to help during the pandemic.

Meanwhile Howard, 40, returned to Bath, where he’s holed up with mum Ninette – who has appeared on his TV shows – and dad Dave.

Speaking to Channel’s Sunday Brunch from Somerset, the comic said of his wife: ‘She's a frontline doctor.  And she's also got a couple of doctors living with her, who have got elderly relatives, so it kind of felt like the most sensible thing to do was to, unfortunately, live apart. It's heartbreaking but it's for the greater good.’

Of living at his parental home, he lamented: 'It's brutal. On my 40th birthday I was meant to be doing an arena in Amsterdam and I slept in my teenage bed. 

'It was like the universe's way of saying, "don't get ahead of yourself", so yeah it's fairly strange but it could be a lot worse. I'm very lucky that I still get to make a TV show.’

Howard married his long-time partner, Cerys Morgan, in June last year. 

Earlier this month, he raised eyebrows by swigging from a can of cider on Lorraine Kelly’s Good Morning Britain show just after 9am – though he later revealed it was for a bet with his brother, whose stag do had been cancelled because of lockdown.

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Published: 27 Apr 2020

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