Iain Stirling

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Iain Stirling
Stirling at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival 2011
Born Iain Andrew Stirling
(1988-01-27) 27 January 1988 (age 29)
Occupation Comedian, presenter, writer
Years active 2007–present
Known for CBBC (2009–13, 2014, 2015– )
Scoop (2010)
All Over the Place (2011– )
12 Again (2012–13)
The Dog Ate My Homework (2014– )
Love Island (2015– )

Iain Andrew Stirling (born 27 January 1988)[1] is a Scottish comedian, writer and television presenter from Edinburgh now based in London.

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, he is now 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 (Glasgow and Edinburgh), The Comedy Store (Manchester and London), Off The Kerb and various smaller clubs. Stirling also appeared in a singing contest in 2002.

After being spotted at a gig, Iain has since 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 new series.[3]

In August 2009, Iain performed in the final of the Chortle Student Comedian Of The Year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, finishing runner-up to winner Joe Lycett.[4] Iain presents CBBC's show, Help! My Supply Teacher's Magic – the show puts magicians in schools and tricks children into thinking they are teachers. Stirling also presented 12 Again, a show in which celebrities talk about what they were like when they were twelve. Stirling also co-presents All Over the Place. In 2012, he made an appearance on Russell Howard's Good News Extra. On 1 February 2013 Stirling left CBBC but returned in September 2015 for CBBC's 30th anniversary. Since October 2012, he has been touring with Russell Kane as a warm up act for Posturing Delivery.


From 2009 until 2013 along with sidekick Hacker T Dog, Iain presented from the CBBC office. Stirling left the studio in late 2013 but since then has returned several times. Stirling is also a popular comedian as he was known for appearing at the Edinburgh Festival. He has also made appearances on Russell Howard's Good News and Russell Howard's Stand Up Central. Since 2011 he has been part of the BBC show All Over The Place the cast of All over the place have toured Europe, United States and Australia. In 2012 Stirling narrated a new series 12 Again the series follows celebrities telling the stories of when they were younger. Celebrities have included Craig Revel Horwood, Joe Swash, Brian Blessed, Rachel Riley and Little Mix After three series, the show was axed in November 2013. He is also the presenter of Help My Supply Teacher's Magic, and has presented the spin-off versions Still Magic and School Trip is Magic. 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] It was then announced in July 2015 that a third series has been renewed by BBC Scotland. The third series was filmed in Late 2015 at the BBC Scotland Headquarters in Glasgow. A Fourth Series is currently being filmed at the same location.

In 2015 he returned to CBBC to celebrate 30 years of the channel in Hacker's Birthday Bash. In June 2015 he became the narrator of ITV2 reality series Love Island, which returned for a second series in May 2016.

In 2016 Stirling started in Comedy Central series Drunk History. He occasionally appears as a TV & film reporter on ITV's weekend morning show Weekend.


  1. ^ "''CBBC Stars'' – Click "Personal Stuff" for date of birth". Bbc.co.uk. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Theatre - Trilogy: Part Three - News - Scotsman.com". Thescotsman.scotsman.com. 29 September 2008. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "CBBC Programmes – Scoop, Series 2, Trying My Patients". BBC. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Student Comedy Award Final 2009's description". Chortle. 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. 

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