Jason Manford

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Jason Manford
Jason Manford comedy masterclass crop.jpg
Born Jason John Manford
(1981-05-26) 26 May 1981 (age 32)
Salford, England
Residence Stockport, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Spouse(s) Catherine (m. 2007-2012; separated)
Children Twin Daughters (b. 2009)
Daughter (b. 2010)
Official website

Jason John Manford[1] (born 26 May 1981) is an English comedian, television presenter, and actor, best known for his roles on comedy panel shows such as 8 Out of 10 Cats on Channel 4 and Odd One In for ITV. In July 2011, Manford began presenting ITV reality programme Show Me The Funny.

Early life[edit]

Manford was born[2] in Salford,[3] Greater Manchester, a son of Sharon[1] (née Ryan), who is a Catholic[4] and gave birth to him when she was sixteen – and Ian Manford, a courtroom stenographer.[2] He grew up in a terraced house in what is known as the "Triangle of Death" area of Manchester notorious for its gang activity and high crime rate.[2][5] He has three younger brothers: Stephen, Colin and Niall, and a younger sister, Danielle.[2]

When Manford was seventeen he got a job as a glass collector at a local pub.[6] While working there he became interested in comedy after watching the likes of Peter Kay, Eddie Izzard and Johnny Vegas perform at the local comedy club. Kay recommended him to do the Higher National Diploma in media and performance at the University of Salford.[7] Despite not having the required A Level grades he was accepted into the programme and eventually upgraded to a full degree. His brother Colin has followed him into comedy and is also a University of Salford graduate.[8]


Television and radio[edit]

His first bit-part acting job was on Ideal[9] Where he had a small part as Jack, who had been dumped and cheated on by his girlfriend with 'little Darren' 'big Darren' and 'flu-strength Darren'. He comes back briefly in episode 5 after he witnesses a man go 'under a truck' and again at moz's birthday party where he insults cartoon-head and subsequently leaves as moz calms CH down.

Manford hosted a breakfast show on Xfm Manchester[10] until May 2008.[11]

From June 2007 until November 2007, he was Paramount Comedy's continuity announcer and writer.[12] In June 2007, he took over from Dave Spikey as a team captain on 8 out of 10 Cats.[13]

He presented his own show, Tonightly, which aired every weekday from 1 to 22 August 2008 and appeared as a celebrity supporter for inventor Kin Kam in a special charity edition of BBC2's Dragons' Den for Sport Relief.

In March 2010, Manford was announced as host of a new comedy show called Comedy Rocks, featuring stand up comedians as well as musical performances. A pilot was shown on ITV1 on 26 March 2010 and a six-part series began on ITV1 on 14 January 2011. On 26 May 2010, he was announced as the new presenter of BBC One's The One Show from July 2010.[14] He resigned from the programme in November 2010 following allegations surrounding his private life.[15][16]

He also makes up one half of the Home Team (with Peter Andre) on the ITV1 game show Odd One In.

In July 2011, Manford presented Show Me The Funny, a reality show on ITV1 involving 10 comedians in which one is voted off each week.[17] The live final was filmed in Hammersmith Apollo in August 2011.

Manford wrote and presented "2013: A Funny Old Year" which was broadcast on ITV on New Year's Eve.

In late 2013 he also starred as the voiceover artist for Jet2.com.


After a successful first UK tour[18] and high sales of the following DVD, filmed live at the Manchester Apollo, he started his "Turning Into My Dad" tour on 14 July 2010.[19]

In March 2010, Manford took part in Channel 4's Comedy Gala, a benefit show held in aid of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, filmed live at the O2 Arena in London on 30 March.[citation needed]

His latest UK tour, named "First World Problems", was performed between June and December 2013.[20]


Manford performs the voiceover on the Churchill Insurance adverts[21] and is one of the voices in the BBC comedy sketch show Walk on the Wild Side. He appeared in series four of Channel 4's Shameless as a security guard who is seduced by Karen Maguire. In July 2012 Manford took over the role of Pirelli in the London revival of musical Sweeney Todd.

Manford has a minor voice acting role in the Xbox 360 video game Fable III, playing a character called "Jammy" who teaches the player how to use mortars. Pvt. Jammy dies early in the game.[citation needed]

Manford had a role in the BBC 3 series Ideal. He starred in the 1 February 2013 episode of Moving On.

The Laugh Inn[edit]

In 2011 Jason became one of the shareholders of the Chester based comedy club, The Laugh Inn. Jason frequents the club to see shows and support the circuit comedians as well as performing impromptu or unannounced shows. The club closed in 2013


Manford cites Billy Connolly as his comedy hero,[22] after seeing him when Manford was 8, and comics such as Tommy Cooper and Peter Kay heavily influenced his comic style.[6] In 2009 in an interview on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, Manford talked about his passion for musicals, expressing an interest in taking a singing and acting role on stage, and giving a short, impromptu performance of "Suddenly Seymour".

Personal life[edit]

Manford married actress Catherine in October 2007. On 20 August 2009, his wife gave birth to healthy twin daughters.[23][24] His wife gave birth to their third daughter in December 2010. The family lived in Stockport, Greater Manchester.[25] In May 2013, Jason and Catherine split amicably [26]

On 18 November 2010, Manford resigned as co-host of The One Show to "concentrate on his family" following his admission to a number of allegations published in tabloid newspapers in regards to exchanging sexually-oriented Twitter messages with fans.[27][28] Manford separated from his wife in 2012.[29]

In November 2008, Manford became patron of Savebabies,[23][30] a charity campaigning for newborn screening.[31]

Manford is a supporter of Manchester City. [32] and Widnes Vikings Rugby League Club.

Awards and nominations for stand-up comedy[edit]


Year Title Role
2000 The Best Manchester Comedy
BBC New Comedy Awards
2002 Gloves Off
2002 Interference
2005 Cutting It Comic
Gideon's Daughter Comic
Ideal Jack
2005–2006 Richard & Judy
2006 100 Greatest Funny Moments
Modern Worries
2007 Shuffle
Would I Lie To You?
Premier League All Stars Extra Time
Shameless Security guard
2007–2012 Live at the Apollo
2007–2010 8 out of 10 Cats Team captain
2008 Tonightly Host
2009 Comic Relief
Walk on the Wild Side Various characters
Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow Guest
As Seen on TV Team captain
2009, 2010 Friday Night with Jonathan Ross Guest
2010 Comedy Rocks with Jason Manford Host
Frank Skinner's Opinionated Guest
The Graham Norton Show Guest
The One Show Co-host
Odd One In Team captain
2010–2011 The Comedy Annual Comic
2011 Epic Win Guest
Born To Shine Winner
Show Me the Funny Host
Chris Moyles' Quiz Night Guest
Just a Minute Guest
2012 Celebrity Juice Guest
Sunday Brunch Guest
Let's Do Lunch with Gino & Mel Guest
Comedy World Cup Team captain
2012-13 A Funny Old Year Host
2013 Room 101 Guest
Moving On Gary
Let's Dance for Comic Relief Guest Judge
Never Mind the Buzzcocks Panellist
2012– QI Regular panellist


In 2013, Manford hosted three pilots: Good News, Bad News for ITV. Oh! What a Week for ITV and You and Whose Army? for Sky1. None of the shows have yet been commissioned for a full series.

Stand-up DVDs[edit]

  • Live at the Manchester Apollo (16 November 2009)
  • Live 2011 (14 November 2011)
  • First World Problems (10 November 2014)[33]


  1. ^ a b 7 things you never knew about Jason Manford Sunday Mercury, 15 August 2010
  2. ^ a b c d Meet Jason Manford – he's The One to make Christine Bleakley laugh Mirror, 29 May 2010
  3. ^ Births England and Wales 1837–2006 Find my Past
  4. ^ The Graham Norton Show, 28 June 2010
  5. ^ "This much I know: Jason Manford". guardian.co.uk. 20 November 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Jason Manford: How Peter Kay got me into Salford University". Manchester Evening News. 27 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Jason Manford: Interview". Time Out. 15 January 2009. 
  8. ^ "Colin Manford to follow in the footsteps of famous brother Jason". 12 November 2011. 
  9. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00905mg
  10. ^ Jason Manford Xfm, 24 December 2006
  11. ^ Mike McClean to take over from Jason Manford at Xfm How-Do, 6 May 2008
  12. ^ [1] Richard Herring's Edinburgh fringe Podcast 26th Aug 2013
  13. ^ Jason Manford: 10 things you need to know about the man tipped as the new One Show host Mirror, 21 May 2010
  14. ^ "Comic Jason Manford named One Show host". BBC News. 26 May 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  15. ^ "Jason Manford quits The One Show". BBC News. 19 November 2010. 
  16. ^ Gordon Smart Jason Manford: My web sex with 12 girls The Sun 19 November 2010
  17. ^ "ITV Entertainment". Itv.com. 2011-05-27. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  18. ^ "Jason Manford 2008/09 tour". Chortle. September 2008. Retrieved 15 November 2008. 
  19. ^ Jason Manford rocks the comedy circuit Wales Online, 16 March 2010
  20. ^ "[2]"
  21. ^ Jason Manford: "I’ve always been a smart arse. Now I’m a professional one" Mirror, 15 August 2010
  22. ^ "Jason Manford". The List. Retrieved 28 August 2009. 
  23. ^ a b Previous News / Website update history Save Babies UK
  24. ^ Married One Show host Jason Manford admits to sending sexy Twitter messages to female fan Mail Online, 5 November 2010
  25. ^ "One Show spot for Jason Manford". Manchester Eveneing News (M.E.N. Media). 3 June 2010. 
  26. ^ Fay Strang (2013-05-03). "Jason Manford and wife call time on 6 year marriage... after they 'amicably' broke up last year". DailyMail. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  27. ^ Jason Manford quits The One Show to 'concentrate on his family' after sex message claims Mail Online, 19 November 2010
  28. ^ Jason Manford talks about how the sexd message claims affected him Time Out Magazine, 23 November 2010
  29. ^ Jason Manford and wife split
  30. ^ Our Board Save Babies UK
  31. ^ Jason Manford: How Jason became the man Chester Chronicle, 20 July 2009
  32. ^ "Jason Manford's big 5". www.mcfc.co.uk. 28 March 2010. 
  33. ^ "Jason Manford: First World Problems [DVD]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 

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Preceded by
Adrian Chiles
Co-host of The One Show (Monday-Thursday)
Succeeded by
Matt Baker