Glenn Hugill

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Glenn Hugill
Born (1970-02-08) 8 February 1970 (age 47)
Darlington, County Durham, England[1]
Occupation TV presenter and producer

Glenn Hugill (born 8 February 1970 in Darlington, County Durham) is an English television presenter and producer. He is best known for playing policeman Alan McKenna in Coronation Street during the 1990s, presenting The Mole and as the producer for Deal or No Deal.

He grew up in Barnard Castle and was educated at the independent Barnard Castle School and Christ Church, Oxford.

In 1980, as a ten-year-old schoolboy, he scored a 207 in a national IQ test designed for under 16s. It was the highest recorded result in the country. Local newspaper The Northern Echo then reported he took another test designed for adults and recorded a result of 177, the highest score the test was capable of registering.[2]

He presented the UK version of The Mole and is currently the executive producer of Channel 4 game show Deal or No Deal. It has been suggested (by Richard Osman in The Metro, 23 February 2015) that he is the mysterious individual known on the show as "The Banker", though this has never been officially confirmed. However, on 19 October 2015, it was confirmed on This Morning by Stephen Mulhern. Whilst Stephen was talking about his new show, he mentioned that Glen is the producer of this new show and The Banker behind Deal or No Deal [3] Metro also describes this as "a little disappointing", as it was considered predictable as "it makes sense that the person offering contestants large sums of money is the producer". Previously he produced other game shows such as Playing It Straight, Beauty and the Geek and Cash Cab.

He is also a successful writer with credits including the Deal or No Deal annual, the series Beauty and the Geek for Channel 4, Sky TV's Hollywood Autopsy and the reality crime series Texas S.W.A.T. in the USA.

He began his career as an actor and director, most recognisable for his time as Alan McKenna in Coronation Street. However he also had a stage career including major roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

More recently, he added his voice to the stunt series Mission Implausible on Sky One presented by Jason Plato and Tania Zaetta, The Whole 19 Yards on ITV1, and the Charlie Brooker series How TV Ruined Your Life.

Since the success of Deal or No Deal he has taken a permanent senior position at the production company Endemol.[citation needed] In 2008 the Daily Star reported that the success of Deal or No Deal had made him a millionaire.

He is a fervent supporter of Sunderland AFC.[4]


  1. ^ Johnson, Deborah (6 April 2006). "REVEALED - NOEL'S SECRET BANKER". The Northern Echo. 
  2. ^ Northern Echo - Glenn Hugill IQ story[dead link]
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  4. ^ Safc mad celebs Archived April 22, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.