Ray Peacock

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Ray Peacock
Born Ian Boldsworth
(1973-06-28) 28 June 1973 (age 41)
Warrington, England, UK
Occupation Comedian, Film & TV Actor, Podcast Host

Ray Peacock (born Ian Boldsworth, 1973, in Warrington, England)[1] is a comic performer, best known for the Peacock and Gamble Podcast. He came to prominence in the Big and Daft comedy trio,[2] BBC London radio series, three consecutive years of sell-out Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows and their own series for the BBC's PlayUK, Terrorville.[2]

In 2007 Ray began presenting his iTunes & Chortle hosted The Ray Peacock Podcast alongside fellow comedians Ed Gamble and former EastEnders actor Raji James. It was later succeeded by the Peacock and Gamble Podcast, which is also hosted by Chortle.[2]

Ray made his debut at the Edinburgh Festival in 2002, originally as a brash Yorkshireman character who soon became a regular act on the live circuit. In his 2006 show at the Edinburgh Festival the character was dropped in all but name and Ray delivered a confessional stand-up show entitled "Out of Character".[3]

Personal life[edit]

He attended Selwyn Jones High School, which was later known as Newton-Le-Willows High School and has now been demolished and rebuilt as Hope Academy, in Newton-Le-Willows and turned his attention mainly to playing Rugby League, before rekindling his performance interests and successfully applying to Bretton Hall. After graduation he relocated to London and was briefly active in fringe theatre (Appearing in lead roles in Chekhov's The Bear and The Proposal) before turning his hand to comedy.

He is well-documented as being an obsessive fan of The Muppets, Randy Newman, John Updike, Lemony Snicket and Star Wars. In September 2013, he hosted a three-hour radio show on BBC Radio 4 Extra dedicated to comedy icon Les Dawson.[4]

He is a fanatical supporter of St Helens RLFC, comic book collector and an accomplished artist.


Live dates include:

  • "Peacock & Gamble Overkill" - Dec 2012
  • "Peacock & Gamble Don't Even Want To Be On Telly Anyway UK TOUR" - Autumn/Winter 2012/Spring 2013
  • "Peacock & Gamble Don't Even Want To Be On Telly Anyway" - Edinburgh Fringe 2012
  • "Ray Peacock - Here Comes Trouble" - 2012
  • "Peacock & Gamble Overkill" - Dec 2011
  • "Peacock & Gamble Emergency Broadcast UK TOUR" - Autumn 2011
  • "Peacock & Gamble Emergency Broadcast" - Edinburgh Fringe 2011
  • "Peacock & Gamble Podcast Live" - Edinburgh Fringe 2011
  • "Peacock & Gamble" - London Residency, Kings Place 2011
  • "The Peacock & Gamble Podcast Live" 2009
  • "The Ray Peacock Podcast Live" 2008
  • "Ray Peacock - Out Of Character" - Edinburgh Fringe 2006
  • "Edinburgh & Beyond" - with Russell Howard, Russell Kane, Reginald D Hunter - Edinburgh Fringe and National Tour 2005
  • "Ray Peacock & Son" - Edinburgh Fringe 2005
  • "The Comedy Zone" - Edinburgh Fringe 2002
  • "The Comedy Network" - Annual university Tour - 2001–present
  • "Big And Daft National Tour" with Rob Rouse & Jon Williams - Tour 2001
  • "The Big And Daft Christmas Show" with Rob Rouse & Jon Williams - Edinburgh Fringe 2001
  • "Big And Daft In Space" with Rob Rouse & Jon Williams - Edinburgh Fringe 2000
  • "Big And Daft" with Rob Rouse & Jon Williams - Edinburgh Fringe 1999

TV Studio Audience Warm-up[edit]

Warm-ups include:


His TV roles include:

  • DI Penhaligon in Cracker (credited as Ian Boldsworth) (ITV 2006)
  • Ray in Live From The Electric (BBC 2012)
  • MC in Not Going Out (BBC - 2012)
  • Peacock & Gamble in "Russell Howard's Good News (BBC - 2011)
  • Himself in "The Many Faces Of Les Dawson" (BBC 2011)
  • Various in "Russell Howard's Good News (BBC - 2011)
  • Ray in "Warm Up" (BBC 2011)
  • Himself in Most Annoying People 2010 (BBC - 2010)
  • Himself (Stand Up) in Russell Howard's Good News (BBC - 2010)
  • Roger in Skins (C4 - 2009)
  • Darren in No Heroics (ITV - 2008)
  • Banto in Doctor Who (credited as Ian Boldsworth) (BBC - 2007)
  • Billy Taft in Doctors (credited as Ian Boldsworth) (BBC - 2006)
  • Ray Peacock on Edinburgh & Beyond (Paramount - 2005)
  • Ray Peacock in Paramount Shorts (Paramount - 2005)
  • Garth in Skin Deep (credited as Ian Boldsworth) (C4 - 2005)
  • Programme Consultant on Les Dawson's Finest Hour (C4 - 2002)
  • Ian in Terrorville (credited as Ian Boldsworth) (BBC UKPlay - 2001)

"Peacock & Gamble Emergency Broadcast"[edit]

Bumper two hour shows commencing on 24th Feb 2011 at Kings Place, London - "Peacock & Gamble Emergency Broadcast" touring the UK from July 2011 (including a full run at the Pleasance during the Edinburgh Fringe). The show is based on the concept that the "real" show has been halted, so Ray and Ed take over and fill the time so the audience still have a show to watch. Early shows have featured a seance, a guide to world culture, a re-creation of the Stanford experiment, a tribute to Sister Act, and live Guitar Hero. The Kings Place shows are also notable for their live Twitter take-overs, where Ray and Ed hack into an audience members account during the interval. In 2013, BBC Radio 4 commissioned a pilot of Emergency Broadcast.[5]

The Peacock and Gamble Podcast[edit]

Launched on the 8th of June 2009, The Peacock and Gamble Podcast is Ray Peacock's second foray into the medium of podcasting. Released every Monday, Ray Peacock, recording with frequent comedy partner Ed Gamble, the show is a comedic insight in the two's lives and experiences. It can be found free on the iTunes Store, and also on Chortle.

Kings Place, London, hosted a large scale live show version of the show in December 2009, which featured Nick Mohammed in supporting roles.

A limited Edinburgh Run took place every Sunday of the 2011 Fringe.

In October 2011 it was announced the show would be ended after the next few episodes.

The show ended with a live podcast at Kings Place in London on 8th Dec 2011. Sections included Fraser letter, EAB, Film Pitch, Ray says a food and a new section Songs For Shaggy.

The Ray Peacock Podcast[edit]

In 2007-2008, he was the presenter of a free podcast, The Ray Peacock Podcast on iTunes and the UK comedy website, chortle.co.uk, alongside the comedian Ed Gamble and actor Raji James.

The podcast ended in December 2008 with a sold-out live show at the Leicester Square Theatre in the West End of London.

A one-off, final, surprise reunion show was released on 13th Sept 2010 to celebrate the 50th episode on the same day that the Peacock & Gamble Podcast Episode 50 was released.


  • Peacock & Gamble Emergency Broadcast - Radio 4 (2013)
  • Presents the Comedy Club on Radio 4 Extra with Ed Gamble (2011, 2012)

Other Credits include:


  • Internet Award (nominated) - Chortle Awards 2011, 2013
  • Best Compere (nominated) - Chortle Awards 2012, 2014

See also[edit]

  1. ^ "Ian Boldsworth - Biography". ianboldsworth.com. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ray Peacock". Comedy CV. 
  3. ^ "Ray Peacock Review, "Out of Character"". Chortle. 2006. 
  4. ^ Dipper, Andrew (9 September 2013). "Ray Peacock’s tribute to Les Dawson". Giggle Beats. 
  5. ^ Dipper, Andrew (21 February 2013). "Radio 4 order Peacock & Gamble pilot". Giggle Beats.