Richard McCourt

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Richard "Dick" McCourt
Dick and Dom.jpg
Dick (right) with Dom
Born (1976-08-12) 12 August 1976 (age 38)
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Occupation Actor, Presenter
Years active 2002-present
Known for Dick and Dom

Richard "Dick" McCourt (born 12 August 1976 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England) is an English actor and presenter of radio and television, best known as one half of the comic duo Dick and Dom, with the other being Dominic Wood. McCourt is the godfather of Wood's two sons, Tommy and Sam. His older brother is fellow TV presenter James McCourt.

Education[edit]

McCourt was educated at Tapton School, a state comprehensive in Sheffield. At Norton College, building on his experience as a volunteer at Sheffield's hospital radio station, he studied audio, video and print media, receiving the BTEC National Diploma in media production in 1994.[1]

Radio presenter[edit]

Richard has presented or featured on several radio stations in his home town of Sheffield:

Television presenter[edit]

McCourt is best known for co-presenting, with Dominic Wood, Dick and Dom in da Bungalow. The show ran, on various channels, from 2002 to 2006 and was famous for its zany games, often played in public places. In 2005, McCourt and Wood brought their Dick and Dom personas to Ask the Family on BBC2. Their transformation of that show, which had previously been aimed more toward adults, was not well received by the viewing public, and the show was canceled after only a few months.[2] From 2007 to 2009 McCourt and Wood hosted the daytime version of Are You Smarter Than A 10 Year Old? on Sky One.[3]

McCourt's other television credits include:

He was a contestant on BBC's Hard Spell and The Weakest Link quiz shows but failed to win either.[citation needed]

Actor[edit]

On stage, McCourt has appeared in many pantomimes, including:

In 2011, McCourt and Wood appeared in Horrid Henry: The Movie, playing 2 Cool 4 School presenters.[4]

Charity work[edit]

In 2008, McCourt received the Association of Colleges Gold Award, in recognition of his success in media. The award cited his work advising students interested in media careers, and supporting Action for Children, Alzheimer’s Society, Children in Need, and other charities.[5] In September 2010, he ran in Bupa's Great North Run and Great Yorkshire Run to raise funds for Alzheimer's Society.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

In October 2008 McCourt was filmed outside a nightclub in Manchester telling people that while he took drugs in the past, his doctor warned him of the dangerous effects of further usage because of a heart condition he suffers from.[6] The video of the incident was published on several websites, and the transcript in many newspapers and magazines.[7]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Katie Shimmon (25 September 2006). "College Days". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  2. ^ Dominic Timms (6 June 2005). "BBC axes Dick and Dom's Ask the Family". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  3. ^ "Are You Smarter Than a 10 Year Old?". UKGameshows. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  4. ^ "Horrid Henry: The Movie". IMDB. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  5. ^ "AoC Gold Awards 2008". Association of Colleges. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  6. ^ Bailey, Charlotte (2008-10-22). "‘Children's TV presenter Richard McCourt admits taking drugs". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  7. ^ Patrick, Guy (2007-10-22). "TV kids star Richard McCourt from Dick and Dom in da Bungalow caught on video telling strangers how he used to take drugs". The Sun. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 

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