|Born||Jason John Manford
26 May 1981
Salford, Greater Manchester, England
|Residence||Stockport, Greater Manchester|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Spouse(s)||Catherine (m. 2007-2012; separated)|
|Children||Twin Daughters (b. 2009)
Daughter (b. 2010)
Jason John Manford (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.
Manford was born in Salford, Greater Manchester, a son of Sharon (née Ryan), who is a Catholic and gave birth to him when she was sixteen – and Ian Manford, a courtroom stenographer. 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. He has three younger brothers: Stephen, Colin and Niall, and a younger sister, Danielle.
When Manford was seventeen he got a job as a glass collector at a local pub. 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. 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.
Television and radio
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. He resigned from the programme in November 2010 following allegations surrounding his private life.
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. The live final was filmed in Hammersmith Apollo in August 2011.
His next UK tour, named "First World Problems", is scheduled for 2013. He will be performing the show in various theatres around the country from June 2013 before the final night in Manchester's Evening News Arena in December 2013.
Manford performs the voiceover on the Churchill Insurance adverts 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.
The Laugh Inn
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, after seeing him when Manford was 8, and comics such as Tommy Cooper and Peter Kay heavily influenced his comic style. 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".
Manford married actress Catherine in October 2007. On 20 August 2009, his wife gave birth to healthy twin daughters. His wife gave birth to their third daughter in December 2010. The family live in Stockport, Greater Manchester.
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. Manford separated from his wife in 2012.
Awards and nominations for stand-up comedy
- Winner of the 1999 North West City Life Comedian of the Year
- Winner of the 2000 Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year
- Finalist in the 2000 Channel Four So You Think You're Funny competition at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
- Nominated for the 2001 Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for Comedy
- Nominated for the 2005 Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for his debut one-man show Urban Legend
- Winner of the 2005 Writers Guild of Great Britain and The List's Best Comedy Newcomer for his debut Edinburgh show Urban Legend
- Winner 2006 Chortle Award for Best Breakthrough Act
- Winner of the 2006 North West Comedy Awards category for Best Stand up on the North West Circuit
|2000||The Best Manchester Comedy|
|BBC New Comedy Awards|
|2005–2006||Richard & Judy|
|2006||100 Greatest Funny Moments|
|Would I Lie To You?|
|Premier League All Stars Extra Time|
|2007–2012||Live at the Apollo|
|2007–2010||8 out of 10 Cats||Team captain|
|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|
|Born To Shine||Winner|
|Show Me the Funny||Host|
|Chris Moyles' Quiz Night||Guest|
|Just a Minute||Guest|
|Let's Do Lunch with Gino & Mel||Guest|
|Comedy World Cup||Team captain|
|2012: A Funny Old Year||Host|
|Let's Dance for Comic Relief||Guest Judge|
|Never Mind the Buzzcocks||Panellist|
|2013–||Good News, Bad News||Presenter|
|Oh! What a Week||Team Captain|
|You and Whose Army?||Presenter|
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
- Live at the Manchester Apollo (16 November 2009)
- Live 2011 (14 November 2011)
- First World Problems (10 November 2013)
- 7 things you never knew about Jason Manford Sunday Mercury, 15 August 2010
- Meet Jason Manford – he's The One to make Christine Bleakley laugh Mirror, 29 May 2010
- Births England and Wales 1837–2006 Find my Past
- The Graham Norton Show, 28 June 2010
- "This much I know: Jason Manford". guardian.co.uk. 20 November 2011.
- "Jason Manford: How Peter Kay got me into Salford University". Manchester Evening News. 27 September 2011.
- "Jason Manford: Interview". Time Out. 15 January 2009.
- "Colin Manford to follow in the footsteps of famous brother Jason". 12 November 2011.
- Jason Manford Xfm, 24 December 2006
- Mike McClean to take over from Jason Manford at Xfm How-Do, 6 May 2008
-  Richard Herring's Edinburgh fringe Podcast 26th Aug 2013
- Jason Manford: 10 things you need to know about the man tipped as the new One Show host Mirror, 21 May 2010
- "Comic Jason Manford named One Show host". BBC News. 26 May 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2010.
- "Jason Manford quits The One Show". BBC News. 19 November 2010.
- Gordon Smart Jason Manford: My web sex with 12 girls The Sun 19 November 2010
- "ITV Entertainment". Itv.com. 2011-05-27. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
- "Jason Manford 2008/09 tour". Chortle. September 2008. Retrieved 15 November 2008.
- Jason Manford rocks the comedy circuit Wales Online, 16 March 2010
- Jason Manford: "I’ve always been a smart arse. Now I’m a professional one" Mirror, 15 August 2010
- "Jason Manford". The List. Retrieved 28 August 2009.
- Previous News / Website update history Save Babies UK
- Married One Show host Jason Manford admits to sending sexy Twitter messages to female fan Mail Online, 5 November 2010
- "One Show spot for Jason Manford". Manchester Eveneing News (M.E.N. Media). 3 June 2010.
- Jason Manford quits The One Show to 'concentrate on his family' after sex message claims Mail Online, 19 November 2010
- Jason Manford talks about how the sexd message claims affected him Time Out Magazine, 23 November 2010
- Jason Manford and wife split
- Our Board Save Babies UK
- Jason Manford: How Jason became the man Chester Chronicle, 20 July 2009
- "Jason Manford's big 5". www.mcfc.co.uk. 28 March 2010.
- "Jason Manford: First World Problems [DVD]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jason Manford.|
- Jason Manford Official site
- Jason Manford Comedy CV
- Jason Manford Chortle
- Jason Manford's Urban Legend review Chortle, 2005
- Seven Sundays (Short film) YouTube
- Forum for fans of comedian Jason Manford
- Jason Manford Interview Spoonfed, 22 October 2008
- Jason Manford at the Internet Movie Database
- Jason Manford on Twitter
|Co-host of The One Show (Monday-Thursday)