Jason Manford

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Jason Manford
Jason Manford comedy masterclass crop.jpg
Born Jason John Manford
(1981-05-26) 26 May 1981 (age 34)
Salford, Greater Manchester, England
Residence Stockport, Greater Manchester, England
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Catherine (m. 2007–13; divorced)
Partner(s) Lucy Dyke (2014—)
Children 5
Website Official website

Jason John Manford[1] (born 26 May 1981) is an English comedian, television presenter, and actor.

Manford is best known for his roles on comedy panel shows such as 8 Out of 10 Cats on Channel 4 and Odd One In for ITV. His presenting credits have included Comedy Rocks, The One Show, Show Me the Funny and A Question of Sport: Super Saturday.

Early life[edit]

Manford was born[2] in Salford, Greater Manchester. His mother, Sharon[1] (née Ryan), is of Irish Catholic extraction.[3] She gave birth to him when she was sixteen. His father is Ian Manford, a courtroom stenographer.[2] He grew up in a terraced house in what is known as the "Triangle of Death" area of Manchester notorious for its gang activity and high crime rate.[2][4] He has three younger brothers: Stephen, Colin and Niall, and a younger sister, Danielle.[2]

When Manford was seventeen, he got a job as a glass collector at a local pub.[5] While working there, Manford became interested in comedy after watching the likes of Peter Kay, Eddie Izzard and Johnny Vegas perform at the local comedy club. Kay recommended him to do the Higher National Diploma in media and performance at the University of Salford.[6] Despite not having the required A Level grades, he was accepted into the programme and eventually upgraded to a full degree. Manford's brother, Colin, has followed him into comedy and is also a University of Salford graduate.[7]


Television and radio[edit]

Manford's first bit-part acting job was on Ideal,[8] where he had a small part as Jack, who had been dumped and cheated on by his girlfriend with 'little Darren' 'big Darren' and 'flu-strength Darren'. He later made another appearance in episode five of that series.

Manford hosted a breakfast show on Xfm Manchester[9] until May 2008.[10]

From June to November 2007, Manford was Paramount Comedy's continuity announcer and writer.[11] In June 2007, he took over from Dave Spikey as a team captain on 8 out of 10 Cats.[12]

Manford presented his own show, Tonightly, which aired every weekday from 1 to 22 August 2008 and appeared as a celebrity supporter for inventor Kin Kam in a special charity edition of BBC Two's Dragons' Den for Sport Relief.

In March 2010, Manford was announced as host of a new comedy show called Comedy Rocks, featuring stand up comedians and musical performances. A pilot was shown on ITV on 26 March 2010 and a full series began on the channel on 14 January 2011. On 26 May 2010, Manford was announced as the new presenter of BBC One's The One Show from July 2010.[13] He resigned from the programme in November 2010 following allegations surrounding his private life.[14][15]

He also made up one half of the Home Team with Peter Andre on the ITV game show Odd One In.

In July 2011, Manford presented Show Me The Funny, a reality show on ITV involving 10 comedians in which one is voted off each week.[16] The live final was filmed in Hammersmith Apollo in August 2011.

In 2013, Manford hosted three pilots: Good News, Bad News and Oh! What a Week for ITV, and You and Whose Army? for Sky1. None of them have yet been commissioned for a full series.

He wrote and presented A Funny Old Year which was broadcast on ITV on New Year's Eve in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The show saw Manford take a look back over the past year's humorous events.

Since 21 June 2014, Manford has hosted a BBC One show called A Question of Sport: Super Saturday, a spin-off of BBC panel show A Question of Sport.[17]

On 21 September 2014, Manford guest hosted an episode of Sunday Night at the Palladium.[18] He returned to present another show on 24 May 2015.

Manford played the role of Marty in the 2015 BBC Drama Ordinary Lies.[19] From 2015, he will host The Money Pit for Dave and It's a Funny Old Week for ITV.[20]

Manford will be one of five performers in the third series of the Radio 4 sketch show The Show What You Wrote.


After a successful first UK tour[21] and high sales of the following DVD, filmed live at the Manchester Apollo, he started his "Turning Into My Dad" tour on 14 July 2010.[22]

In March 2010, Manford took part in Channel 4's Comedy Gala, a benefit show held in aid of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, filmed live at the O2 Arena in London on 30 March.[citation needed]

Manford's latest UK tour, named "First World Problems", was performed between June and December 2013.[23]


In late 2013, Manford starred as the voiceover artist for Jet2.com.[citation needed]as well as the voiceover on the Churchill Insurance adverts[24] and is one of the voices in the BBC comedy sketch show Walk on the Wild Side. He appeared in series four of Channel 4's Shameless as a security guard who is seduced by Karen Maguire. In July 2012, Manford took over the role of Pirelli in the London revival of musical Sweeney Todd.

Manford has a minor voice role in the Xbox 360 video game Fable III, playing "Jammy" who teaches the player how to use mortars. Pvt. Jammy dies early in the game.[25]

Manford had a role in the BBC Three series Ideal and starred in an episode of BBC One's Moving On.

In 2015, Manford played the role of Marty in the BBC One drama series Ordinary Lies, starring alongside Michelle Keegan, Max Beesley and Sally Lindsay. He also played the medium Alexander Le Cheyne in Episode 3 of Series 3 of Ripper Street.

In 2015, Manford will star as Leo Bloom in the 2015 UK tour of Mel Brooks' The Producers opposite Louie Spence, Phill Jupitus, Ross Noble and David Bedella.

The Laugh Inn[edit]

In 2011, Manford became one of the shareholders of the Chester-based comedy club, The Laugh Inn. He frequented the club to see shows and support the circuit comedians as well as performing impromptu or unannounced shows until it closed in 2013


Manford cites Billy Connolly as his comedy hero,[26] after seeing him when Manford was 8, and comics such as Tommy Cooper and Peter Kay heavily influenced his comic style.[5] In 2009, in an interview on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, Manford talked about his passion for musicals, expressing an interest in taking a singing and acting role on stage, and giving a short, impromptu performance of "Suddenly Seymour".

Personal life[edit]

Manford married actress Catherine in October 2007. On 20 August 2009, his wife gave birth to healthy twin daughters.[27][28] His wife gave birth to their third daughter in December 2010, and a son in 2012.[29] The family lived in Stockport, Greater Manchester.[30] In May 2013, it was stated that they had split amicably.[31]

After 55 hours of labour, Manford's girlfriend, Lucy Dyke, gave birth to a daughter on 8 January 2015 at St Mary's Hospital in Manchester. Manford later revealed that they had donated the umbilical cord and the placenta for stem cell research and blood donation.[29]

Manford's brother, Colin, has also become a stand-up comedian, and is based in Manchester.[32]

On 18 November 2010, Manford resigned as co-host of The One Show to "concentrate on his family" following his admission to a number of allegations published in tabloid newspapers in regards to exchanging sexually-oriented Twitter messages with fans.[33][34] Manford separated from his wife in 2012.[35]

Manford is a supporter of Manchester City FC.[36]


In November 2008, Manford became patron of Savebabies,[27][37] a charity campaigning for newborn screening.[38]

Since April 2014, Manford has been supporting the cancer charity Stephen's Story. Stephen Sutton was a 19-year-old terminally ill cancer patient who set up the initiative to help others battling the disease.[39] All turnover from May 2014 at Manford's comedy clubs was given to Sutton's charity.[40]


  • Nominated for the 2001 Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for Comedy
  • Nominated for the 2005 Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for his debut one-man show Urban Legend


Year Title Role
2000 The Best Manchester Comedy
BBC New Comedy Awards
2002 Gloves Off
2002 Interference
2005 Cutting It Comic
Gideon's Daughter Comic
Ideal Jack
2005–2006 Richard & Judy
2006 100 Greatest Funny Moments
Modern Worries
2007 Shuffle
Premier League All Stars Extra Time
Shameless Security guard
2007–2014 Live at the Apollo Featured comic/presenter
2007–2010 8 out of 10 Cats Team captain
2008 Tonightly Presenter
2009 Comic Relief
Walk on the Wild Side Various characters
As Seen on TV Team captain
2010–2011 Comedy Rocks with Jason Manford Presenter
2010 The One Show Regular co-presenter
2010–2011 Odd One In Team captain
2010–2011 The Comedy Annual Featured comic
2011 Born to Shine Contestant, winner
Show Me the Funny Presenter
2012–2014 A Funny Old Year Presenter
2012— QI Regular panellist
2014 Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This Ken Brooke
A Question of Sport: Super Saturday Presenter
2014, 2015 Sunday Night at the Palladium Guest presenter
2015— Ordinary Lies Marty
2015 The Money Pit[41] Presenter
It's a Funny Old Week Presenter

Guest appearances[edit]

Stand-up DVDs[edit]

  • Live at the Manchester Apollo (16 November 2009)
  • Live 2011 (14 November 2011)
  • First World Problems (10 November 2014)[44]


  1. ^ a b 7 things you never knew about Jason Manford Sunday Mercury, 15 August 2010
  2. ^ a b c d Meet Jason Manford – he's The One to make Christine Bleakley laugh Mirror, 29 May 2010
  3. ^ The Graham Norton Show, 28 June 2010
  4. ^ "This much I know: Jason Manford". guardian.co.uk. 20 November 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Jason Manford: How Peter Kay got me into Salford University". Manchester Evening News. 27 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Jason Manford: Interview". Time Out. 15 January 2009. 
  7. ^ "Colin Manford to follow in the footsteps of famous brother Jason". 12 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "BBC Three - Ideal, Series 1, The Boyfriend". Bbc.co.uk. 2006-10-01. Retrieved 2014-04-26. 
  9. ^ Jason Manford Xfm, 24 December 2006
  10. ^ Mike McClean to take over from Jason Manford at Xfm How-Do, 6 May 2008
  11. ^ Comedy.co.uk Richard Herring's Edinburgh fringe Podcast 26th Aug 2013
  12. ^ Jason Manford: 10 things you need to know about the man tipped as the new One Show host Mirror, 21 May 2010
  13. ^ "Comic Jason Manford named One Show host". BBC News. 26 May 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  14. ^ "Jason Manford quits The One Show". BBC News. 19 November 2010. 
  15. ^ Gordon Smart Jason Manford: My web sex with 12 girls The Sun 19 November 2010
  16. ^ "ITV Entertainment". Itv.com. 2011-05-27. Retrieved 2012-11-17. [dead link]
  17. ^ Comedy.co.uk
  18. ^ ITV
  19. ^ Ordinary Lies
  20. ^ Digital Spy
  21. ^ "Jason Manford 2008/09 tour". Chortle. September 2008. Retrieved 15 November 2008. 
  22. ^ Jason Manford rocks the comedy circuit Wales Online, 16 March 2010
  23. ^ Ents24.com
  24. ^ Jason Manford: "I’ve always been a smart arse. Now I’m a professional one" Mirror, 15 August 2010
  25. ^ Microsoft.com
  26. ^ "Jason Manford". The List. Retrieved 28 August 2009. 
  27. ^ a b Previous News / Website update history[dead link] Save Babies UK
  28. ^ Married One Show host Jason Manford admits to sending sexy Twitter messages to female fan Mail Online, 5 November 2010
  29. ^ a b "Jason Manford Tour". express.co.uk. 
  30. ^ "One Show spot for Jason Manford". Manchester Evening News (M.E.N. Media). 3 June 2010. [dead link]
  31. ^ Fay Strang (2013-05-03). "Jason Manford and wife call time on 6 year marriage... after they 'amicably' broke up last year". DailyMail. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  32. ^ Shadow: Colin Manford. Author: Jonathan Brown. Publisher: Mancunian Matters. Published: 30 June 2010. Retrieved: 24 April 2014.
  33. ^ Jason Manford quits The One Show to 'concentrate on his family' after sex message claims Mail Online, 19 November 2010
  34. ^ Jason Manford talks about how the sexd message claims affected him Time Out Magazine, 23 November 2010
  35. ^ McCormack, Kirsty. "Jason Manford and wife split". Express.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-04-26. 
  36. ^ "Jason Manford's big 5". www.mcfc.co.uk. 28 March 2010. 
  37. ^ Our Board[dead link] Save Babies UK
  38. ^ Jason Manford: How Jason became the man Chester Chronicle, 20 July 2009
  39. ^ Nicole Le Marie. "Stephen's Story: Jason Manford's £2m aim for Stephen Sutton fundraising appeal | Metro News". Metro.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-04-26. 
  40. ^ "Jason Manford – I have a few comedy clubs dotted around...". Facebook. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  41. ^ Digital Spy
  42. ^ Digiguide.tv
  43. ^ Scunthorpetelegraph.co.uk
  44. ^ "Jason Manford: First World Problems [DVD]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 

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Preceded by
Adrian Chiles
Co-host of The One Show (Monday-Thursday)
Succeeded by
Matt Baker