James Allenby-Kirk

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James Allenby-Kirk
Born1988 (age 30–31)
Other namesJames Kirk
OccupationActor, comedian, writer

James Allenby-Kirk or simply James Kirk (born 1988) is a Scottish actor, comedian and writer. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Jeff the Chef in the comedy Gary: Tank Commander and as Stosh in the drama series 24: Live Another Day.


Born in Paisley, just outside Glasgow, he was educated at Langside College, studying acting and performance. Kirk made his breakthrough into the comedy circuit by winning the "So You Think You're Funny?" competition in 2010. His first television appearance came in 2010, when he played Malky in Rab C. Nesbitt. He also appeared in Channel 4's "Comedy Blaps" series, in which he wrote and starred in the short online sketches "Kronicles of Kirk." However, it was in Greg McHugh's BAFTA award winning sitcom Gary: Tank Commander, in which he played Jeff the Chef, that he was brought to the attention of a wider audience.[1]

Following appearances in television shows such as Bob Servant Independent and the TV film "Two Doors Down", he starred in two comedies for BBC Scotland. The first, entitled "Scot Squad" came as a result of a successful pilot episode in late 2012. The first series of the show aired in late 2014. Kirk also worked on the comedy "How Do I Get Up There?" alongside his co-stars Chris Forbes and Kevin Mains, which was shown in Scotland during November 2014.[2]


Radio Work[edit]


  • Winner: So You Think You're Funny? (2010)
  • Nominated: Best Scottish Comedian, Scottish Variety Awards (2011, 2012)


  1. ^ "Aberdeen vs Glasgow vs The World: James Kirk". chortle.co.uk. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Why James Kirk is a Comedian to Watch". www.thescotsman.com. Retrieved 24 October 2014.