Mark Leigh

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Mark Leigh
Born London NW9
Occupation Author, Television Script Writer
Language English
Nationality British
Education Harrow High School
Genre Humour, Trivia
Notable works How To Be A Complete Bastard, How To Chat Someone Up At A Funeral, Pets With Tourettes
Years active 1986 to date

Mark Leigh is a British author and scriptwriter. He is the author of over 50 humour and trivia books. He has also co-authored books with a number of British celebrities.

Early life[edit]

Mark Leigh was born and brought up in North West London in Kenton, a suburb of Harrow in Middlesex. His parents are Philip Leigh who worked for the UK agent of a Japanese technology company and Edith Leigh (nee Gluckstein) who worked for the film distributor Gaumont British. Leigh attended Harrow County School for Boys where he met his future writing partner Mike Lepine and then Stanmore College. He was offered a place at Central London Polytechnic on a Photographic Arts degree but did not take this offer up. Instead he began work at London advertising agency Doyle Dane Bernbach.


Leigh’s first book The Complete Revenge Kit, a collection of fake but authentic and official-looking letters designed as practical jokes was published in 1985, co-authored with Mike Lepine. A year later he wrote How To Be A Complete Bastard with Mike and alternative comic Ade Edmondson. The book was a best seller and spawned a calendar, board game and computer game. Since then he has written over 50 books including those with celebrities Julian Clary, Jeremy Beadle, Pamela Stephenson, Roy 'Chubby' Brown, Des Lynam and Chris Tarrant. Leigh followed a parallel career in TV scriptwriting and development work for a number of British comedians including Hale and Pace, Noel Edmonds, Bobby Davro, Brian Conley, Joe Pasquale and Russ Abbot. He was also employed by London Weekend Television as script consultant on the Hall and Pace show.



  • How To Talk Teen
  • How To Be A Cat
  • Is It In Yet?
  • How To Be A Dog
  • The World According to Nigel Farage
  • How To Chat Someone Up At A Funeral
  • Weird Sh*t
  • Must Try Harder!
  • Eurrgh! [1]
  • Epic Fail!
  • FBI’s Most Wanted Cats
  • CIA’s Most Wanted Dogs
  • Release Your Inner Old Fart
  • Crash! The Official Bankers Joke Book
  • Foul Mouthed Pets
  • The Loo Companion
  • Teddy Bears Of The Rich & Famous (written with Barney Leigh) [2]
  • Celebrities Behaving Badly (With Carol McGiffin)
  • More Pets With Tourettes
  • Pets With Tourettes
  • The Book Of Stupid Lists (New Version)
  • You Know You’re A Child Of The 70s…
  • You Know You’re A Child Of The 60s…
  • The Advanced Swearing Handbook
  • You Know You’re A Child Of The 80s…
  • The Gossip’s Guide To Madam Tussauds (With Jeremy Beadle)
  • How To Make It In Advertising
  • Tall Animal Tales (With Rolf Harris)
  • Tarrant On Millionaires (With Chris Tarrant)
  • The Big Viagra Joke Book
  • Sports Crazy (With Des Lynam)
  • Jeremy Beadle’s How To Make Your Own Video Blockbuster
  • The Book Of Utterly Ridiculous Stupid Lists
  • Wannabe A Spice Girl?
  • The Lovers’ Revenge Kit
  • Beastly Behaviour (With Rolf Harris)
  • The Really Rough Holiday Guide
  • The Extra-Terrestrial’s Guide To The X-Files
  • True Animal Tales (With Rolf Harris)
  • The Official Politically Incorrect Handbook - Volume 2
  • The Office Revenge Kit
  • Roy Chubby Brown Unzipped! (With Roy Chubby Brown)
  • The Ultimate Revenge Kit
  • Back To Basics
  • The Official Politically Incorrect Handbook
  • How To Be A Real Man (With Julian Clary)
  • The Book Of Stupid Lists
  • How To Be A Superhero
  • The Return Of The Complete Revenge Kit
  • The Naughty '90s
  • The Book Of Revelations
  • How To Be A Complete Bitch (With Pamela Stephenson)
  • How To Be A Complete Bastard (With Adrian Edmondson)
  • The Complete Revenge Kit


  • Z For Fake
  • The Story Of The Unexplained
  • Thank You For Not Smoking
  • The Crazy World Of Joe Pasquale
  • Would You Believe It?
  • We Know Where You Live
  • Noel’s House Party
  • Chronicles Of The Count
  • Oink!
  • Television X
  • Hatches, Matches, Dispatches
  • The Newmans
  • Time Of Your Life
  • Beadle's About
  • All Star Arena
  • Short Change
  • Would You Believe It?
  • It'll Never Work
  • Russ Abbot
  • An Audience With Jimmy Tarbuck
  • You've Been Framed!
  • Artrageous
  • Tarbuck Late
  • Beadle's Hot Shots
  • Hale And Pace
  • Brian Conley
  • Short Change
  • Russ Abbot
  • The Last Tycoon
  • Hale And Pace
  • Rock With Laughter
  • Sports Bag
  • The Brian Conley Show
  • Saturday Zoo With Jonathan Ross
  • The Rory Bremner Show
  • 'The Show With No Name'
  • Life's A Pitch
  • Hale And Pace
  • The Josie Lawrence Show
  • The Real McCoy
  • 100%
  • Heil Honey, I'm Home

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Glitch beneath Europe's glam". 
  2. ^ Krieger, Candice (August 19, 2010). "Mark Leigh reveals Borat's teddy and other bear truths".