Iain Stirling

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Iain Stirling
Iain Andrew Stirling

(1988-01-27) 27 January 1988 (age 31)
Edinburgh, Scotland
OccupationComedian, presenter
Years active2007–present
Known forCBBC (2009–13, 2015)
Scoop (2010)
All Over the Place (2011–15; 2017)
12 Again (2012–13)
The Dog Ate My Homework (2014–19)
Love Island (2015–)
CelebAbility (2017–)

Young Scot Awards (2018-)
Partner(s)Laura Whitmore
Twitch information
(12 January 2020)

Iain Andrew Stirling (born 27 January 1988)[1] is a Scottish comedian, writer and television presenter.

Early life[edit]

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 (Edinburgh and Glasgow), The Comedy Store (Manchester and London), Off The Kerb and various smaller clubs. Stirling also appeared in a singing contest in 2002. He attended Liberton High School in the South East of Edinburgh.


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]

In 2012, he made an appearance on Russell Howard's Good News Extra. From October 2012, he toured with Russell Kane as a warm up act for Kane's Posturing Delivery.


After being spotted at a gig, Stirling 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.[4]

Stirling 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-presented All Over the Place from 2011-2015, and in 2017.

On 1 February 2013, Stirling left the CBBC office but returned in September 2015 for CBBC's 30th anniversary.

The Dog Ate My Homework[edit]

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 2015, he returned to CBBC to celebrate thirty years since the programme's inception in Hacker's Birthday Bash. In June 2015, he became the narrator of ITV2 reality series Love Island,[8] which returned for a second series in May 2016, a third in 2017, a fourth in 2018, a fifth in 2019 and a sixth in 2020.

In 2016, Stirling starred in the Comedy Central series Drunk History. He occasionally appears as a TV & film reporter on ITV's weekend morning show Weekend. He presented CelebAbility, a six-part entertainment series for ITV2.

On 18 November 2017, Stirling appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show.

On 22 December 2017, Stirling sat in for Chris Stark on the Scott Mills Show on BBC Radio 1.

Stirling hosted Scotland's Big Night Out on 31 December 2017, as part of BBC Scotland's Hogmanay 2017.[9]

In May 2018, Stirling was the voice over for the BAFTA TV awards. In November 2018 Stirling would host the Young Scot Awards for the first time which would take place in Glasgow at the SEC Armadillo.

In February 2019, it was announced that Stirling would be a contestant on the eighth series of Taskmaster. He also was the host of the first program on the BBC Scotland channel, A Night at the Theatre

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.


  1. ^ "''CBBC Stars'' – Click "Personal Stuff" for date of birth". BBC. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Theatre - Trilogy: Part Three - News - Scotsman.com". Thescotsman.scotsman.com. 29 September 2008. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Student Comedy Award Final 2009's description". Chortle. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  4. ^ "CBBC Programmes – Scoop, Series 2, Trying My Patients". BBC. 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. ^ 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. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  9. ^ Amanda Keenan (30 December 2017). "Dancing through the ages - take a look back over Scotland's vibrant nightlife history". Daily Record. Retrieved 3 June 2019.

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