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Iain Stirling
Stirling signing autographs, 2010
Iain Andrew Stirling

(1988-01-27) 27 January 1988 (age 36)
Edinburgh, Scotland
EducationLiberton High School
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh (LLB)
Occupation(s)Comedian, presenter, voice over narrator
Years active2007–present
Known for
(m. 2020)

Iain Andrew Stirling (born 27 January 1988)[1] is a Scottish comedian, writer, television presenter, narrator and Twitch streamer from Edinburgh, Scotland.

Stand-up career

Stirling performing stand-up comedy for an audience of children in 2011

Having started stand-up whilst in his final year of Law at the University of Edinburgh, a year which saw him make the final of both the Paramount Funniest Student and Chortle Student Comedian of the Year competitions, Stirling is a regular on the UK comedy circuit. Having been dubbed one of Scotland's 'Hottest Newcomers' by The Scotsman after his performance in front of 750 people at the Glasgow Fruitmarket,[2] he now gigs all over the UK including The Stand (Edinburgh and Glasgow), The Comedy Store (Manchester and London), Off the Kerb and various smaller clubs.

In August 2009, Stirling performed in the final of the Chortle Student Comedian of the Year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, finishing runner-up to winner Joe Lycett.[3]

TV and radio




After being spotted at a gig, Stirling presented the CBBC Channel along with his canine sidekick Hacker T. Dog from the CBBC TV show Scoop, and other sidekicks including Dodge the Dog, 'The Toad of Wisdom', and 'Pig with 'Tasche'. He has also worked as a writer on a number of projects for the likes of CBBC and BBC Scotland. He also appeared in Scoop as the postboy in the first four episodes of the series.[4]

The Dog Ate My Homework


In early October 2013, Stirling began recording for a new series for CBBC, The Dog Ate My Homework, which was commissioned as the CBBC answer to Mock the Week.[5] The show features two teams of comedians or celebrities and a child as team leader. Stirling hosts the show of "off-the-wall questions, nonsensical studio games, and slapstick challenges".[6] He was nominated for a BAFTA in 2014 for best children's presenter for his hosting of the programme for two series.[7]



In 2012, Stirling appeared on Russell Howard's Good News.[8] In June 2015, Stirling became the narrator of the ITV2 reality series Love Island,[9] In 2017, he began hosting the comedy game show CelebAbility. Stirling hosted Scotland's Big Night Out on 31 December 2017, as part of BBC Scotland's Hogmanay 2017.[10] In February 2019, it was announced that Stirling would be a contestant on the eighth series of Taskmaster.[11] He was also the host of the first programme on the BBC Scotland channel, A Night at the Theatre.[12]

In April–May 2019, over six episodes, Stirling featured as one of the six comedians on the TV show Comedy Bus, in which each comedian took the others back to their home towns; Stirling took the group back to his native Edinburgh.[13]

On 19 November 2020, Stirling featured as a panellist on the ITV Daytime show, Loose Women, and made history as being part of the show's first all male panel in the show's 21 year history.[14]

Since June 2020, Stirling has appeared on Celebrity Gogglebox, alongside his wife, Laura Whitmore.[15]

In March 2021, Stirling announced he had created a new sitcom with Steve Bugeja. Buffering began airing on ITV2 in summer 2021.[16] The show was axed after two series in 2023



Stirling operates his own channel on the internet streaming service Twitch, in which he interacts with viewers whilst playing video games such as FIFA.[17] As of October 2021, his channel has grown to over 65,000 followers.[18]

In June 2022, Stirling and his wife Laura Whitmore started a true crime podcast together called Partners in Crime.[19], it has not released an episode since April 2023. In November 2023, they launched Murder They Wrote, a similar podcast on BBC Sounds.[20]

In February 2023, Stirling appeared in a video by the Sidemen called "The Roast of the Sidemen 2". Stirling appeared in another video by them in January 2024, called "Sidemen $100,000 Ultimate Hide & Seek".

Personal life


In 2020, Stirling married presenter, model and actress Laura Whitmore in a humanist ceremony at Dublin City Hall.[21] Whitmore gave birth to the couple's daughter, Stevie Re, in late March 2021.[22]


  1. ^ "CBBC Stars – Click "Personal Stuff" for date of birth". CBBC. Archived from the original on 21 July 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Theatre - Trilogy: Part Three". The Scotsman. JPI Media. 29 September 2008. Archived from the original on 27 August 2009. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Student Comedy Award Final 2009's description". Chortle. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Scoop, Series 2, Trying My Patients". CBBC. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  5. ^ "CBBC commissions panel show for kids". British Comedy Guide. 9 September 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  6. ^ "'CBBC's answer to Mock The Week' - Iain Stirling to host new panel show". Chortle. 9 September 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Children's - Presenter in 2014". BAFTA. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Iain Stirling - Russell Howard's Good News" – via www.youtube.com.
  9. ^ Taylor, Frances (17 July 2017). "Who's the voiceover on Love Island? Narrator Iain Stirling reveals all about being the voice of the ITV2 reality show". Radio Times. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  10. ^ Amanda Keenan (30 December 2017). "Dancing through the ages - take a look back over Scotland's vibrant nightlife history". Daily Record. Media Scotland. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  11. ^ "IMDB Taskmaster S8E01 Hello". IMDb. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
  12. ^ "A Night At The Theatre Variety show, to launch the BBC Scotland TV channel". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
  13. ^ "Comedy Bus Edinburgh". IMDb. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
  14. ^ Warner, Sam (19 November 2020). "Loose Women welcomes all-male panel for first time in show's history". Digital Spy. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  15. ^ "Laura Whitmore & Iain Stirling confirm Celebrity Gogglebox appearance". Capital. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  16. ^ Warner, Sam (10 March 2021). "A brand new show coming to ITV2 this summer". Archived from the original on 24 December 2021.
  17. ^ Armstrong, Stephen (29 March 2020). "Love Island's Iain Stirling is hosting comedy gigs on Twitch". The Sunday Times. Archived from the original on 5 July 2021. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  18. ^ "iainstirling's Twitch Stats Summary Profile". Social Blade. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  19. ^ Carey, Rebecca (4 July 2022). "Iain Stirling thanks fans as new podcast with wife Laura Whitmore climbs charts". Bracknell News. Retrieved 11 March 2024.
  20. ^ Bennett, Steve (3 November 2023). "Iain Stirling and Laura Whitmore launch a true-crime podcast : Other news 2023 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". www.chortle.co.uk. Retrieved 11 March 2024.
  21. ^ Soguksu, Ayla (16 December 2020). "Laura Whitmore breaks silence amid rumours she 'married' Iain Stirling". OK! Magazine. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  22. ^ Deen, Sarah (1 April 2021). "Love Island's Laura Whitmore welcomes first child with Iain Stirling". Metro. Retrieved 29 July 2021.