Colin Sell

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Colin Sell
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Sell playing piano for the I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue Christmas Special 2007 at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue
Born (1948-12-01) 1 December 1948 (age 74)
Known forWhose Line Is It Anyway?, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue

Colin Sell (born 1 December 1948)[1] is a British pianist who has appeared on the radio panel games Whose Line Is It Anyway? and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. He has become famous mostly for his long service on the latter show, where he is frequently the butt of the host's jokes about the supposedly poor quality of his playing.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Sell was born in Purley, Surrey[citation needed] and grew up in Croydon, attending Trinity School. He gained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies from the University of Bristol in 1971.


Sell wrote music for the University of Bristol's revues in the early 1970s, leading to performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where Simon Brett saw Sell perform and offered him the pianist position on I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue.[1] He also appeared with the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre TIE company in the early 1970s, which also included two other well-known names, Elizabeth Estensen and Clive Hornby, both long-standing members of the Emmerdale cast.

Sell became Head of Music at East 15 Acting School, Essex in 1998,[3] and remained on staff until at least April 2015.[4] Until 1998 he was Head of Music at Rose Bruford College, Sidcup, and was instrumental in the creation of the BA (Hons) Actor-Musician course there. He occasionally provides live musical accompaniment for The Comedy Store Players, a comedy improvisation group based in The Comedy Store, London.

Sell appeared in an episode of Foyle's War as a pianist and composed the score for the 1984 BBC Television Shakespeare production of Shakespeare's The Life and Death of King John.

Sell has also accompanied Barry Cryer and Willie Rushton in their stage show Two Old Farts in the Night. After the interval he played (and sang) a solo: "We are the Boys in the Band". In 2013 he appeared with Barry Cryer in Richmond, Yorkshire, as part of the Swaledale Festival, performing jazz and blues and songs of his own composition.

He has also arranged and directed music for radio plays such as Born to be Wilde: An Ideal Husband in 2018. [1]


  1. ^ a b Roberts, Jem. The Clue Bible: The Fully Authorised History of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue from Footlights to Mornington Crescent. Preface, 2009.
  2. ^ "The Pianist – Colin Sell". BBC. January 2003.
  3. ^ "Colin Sell, Head of Music". East 15 Acting School. Archived from the original on 8 April 2014.
  4. ^ "International Teaching Faculty". East 15 Acting School. Archived from the original on 26 April 2015.

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