Michael McIntyre

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Michael McIntyre
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Birth name Michael Hazen James McIntyre
Born (1976-02-21) 21 February 1976 (age 41)
Merton, London, England
Medium Stand-up, television
Years active 1999–present
Genres Social satire, Observational comedy
Spouse Kitty McIntyre (m. 2003)
Children 2
Parent(s) Ray Cameron (deceased)
Kati Cameron
Notable works and roles Live at the Apollo (2007–09)
Comedy Roadshow (2009—11)
Britain's Got Talent (2011)
Comic Relief (2011—)
The Michael McIntyre Chat Show (2014)
Michael McIntyre's Big Show (2016—)
Website Official website

Michael Hazen James McIntyre (born 21 February 1976) is an English comedian, actor and presenter. In 2012, he was reported to be the highest-grossing comedian in the world.[2]

In addition to stand-up, McIntyre has hosted his own BBC One comedy programme Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, has featured in three episodes of Live at the Apollo and, in 2011, was a judge on Britain's Got Talent. He currently presents his own Saturday night series Michael McIntyre's Big Show on BBC One.

Personal life[edit]

McIntyre resides in Hampstead, London with his aromatherapist wife, Kitty, who is a daughter of actor Simon Ward and sister of actress Sophie Ward.[3] The couple have two sons, Lucas and Oscar.[4]

McIntyre's father, Ray Cameron, was a Canadian comedian who wrote for Kenny Everett's television shows.[5] In 1993, McIntyre's father took his own life in Hollywood; his suicide was kept hidden from McIntyre for 17 years.[6] His mother, Kati, is Hungarian.[7] He is a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur.[8] McIntyre is also a keen cricket fan and has appeared on Test Match Special to discuss the sport.[9]

McIntyre's parentage means that he automatically qualifies as a triple British-Canadian-Hungarian citizen, due to the latter two countries granting automatic citizenship by descent, regardless of place of birth.

Michael has 5 half siblings alongside his sister Lucy. Billy and Georgina from his Father's side and Nicholas, Thomas and Andre from his Mother's side.


McIntyre went to Stepping Stones Primary School, Hampstead and Arnold House School, St John's Wood[10] and then attended Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood for three years before transferring to local state school Woodhouse College for financial reasons.[11] McIntyre later attended the University of Edinburgh for one year before dropping out to pursue a career in script-writing.[5][12][12]



McIntyre has appeared three times on BBC One's Live at the Apollo, in 2007, 2008 and 2009. He has released four DVDs, Live and Laughing, Hello Wembley, Showtime and Happy and Glorious, that have sold a combined total of over five million copies in the UK.[13][14]

McIntyre's many comedy panel show and chat show appearances include Chris Moyles' Quiz Night, Mock the Week, 8 out of 10 Cats, Have I Got News for You, The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, Would I Lie To You?, The Apprentice: You're Fired!, Alan Carr: Chatty Man and Friday Night with Jonathan Ross.

From 6 June 2009, McIntyre began hosting Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, which aired Saturday nights on BBC One. On 5 July 2009, McIntyre appeared on the BBC show Top Gear as the "star in a reasonably priced car", driving around the Top Gear test track in one minute and 48.7 seconds. During his lap of the track he almost rolled the car while going around the final corner.

On 31 March 2010, McIntyre took part in Channel 4's Comedy Gala, a benefit show held in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital, filmed live at London's O2 Arena. He also appeared on the year's edition of The Big Fat Quiz of the Year on Channel 4, where he was partnered with Alan Carr.

On 14 December 2010, it was announced that McIntyre would join the ITV talent show Britain's Got Talent as a judge in 2011 with David Hasselhoff and Amanda Holden. McIntyre and Hasselhoff replaced Piers Morgan and Simon Cowell, although Cowell returned for the live shows. Following the series, McIntyre announced that he would be leaving the show after appearing for one series.[15] However he discontinued this role in September 2011, to focus on his 2012 Stand-up tour[16]

In 2010 and 2014, McIntyre hosted the Royal Variety Performance on ITV.[17] He also previously performed on the show twice.

McIntyre co-hosted various segments of Comic Relief in 2011 and 2013 on BBC One. On Christmas Day 2011, McIntyre hosted a Christmas Special edition of Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow. The show was watched by 8.1 million viewers.[18]

Since 2014, McIntyre has fronted his own BBC One chat show The Michael McIntyre Chat Show.[19] A Christmas special aired on Christmas Day in 2014.[20]

On 5 April 2015, Michael presented Michael McIntyre Presents...Easter Night at the Coliseum, a one-off special for BBC One.[21][22]

In November 2015, it was announced that McIntyre would return to BBC One for Michael McIntyre's Big Christmas Show. The show was recorded in front of a live audience in the Theatre Royal in London before airing on Christmas Day.[23][24]

Since April 2016, McIntyre has presented Michael McIntyre's Big Show, a Saturday night entertainment series for BBC One. A second series began airing in November 2016. A third series has been confirmed for broadcast in 2017.[25]


McIntyre has performed three times on the Royal Variety Performance, including in 2010 when he became the youngest ever host.[26]

In 2009, McIntyre performed for an estimated total of 500,000 people on his first tour of the United Kingdom that included a record-breaking six nights at Wembley Arena and four at The O2 Arena.

In December 2009, McIntyre cancelled a stand-up show with less than 30 minutes' notice after discovering that he would be performing to debt collectors. He had revealed only weeks earlier how he had struggled with substantial debt only a few years before breaking through in to the mainstream. McIntyre stated that he would have gone against his principles by performing the show.[27]

In 2012, his UK tour included 71 arena dates, playing to over 700,000 people, including a record breaking 10 nights at the O2 Arena in London. According to ticket sales company Pollstar the tour helped make McIntyre the world's biggest selling comedian in 2012, bringing in around £21m.[28]

On 20 April 2013 McIntyre played the biggest comedy gig in Africa to 9,000 fans at the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg.[citation needed]

In 2015, McIntyre is touring the UK and Ireland with his "Happy & Glorious" tour. In February 2016, he will take the tour to Norway for two dates and to Australia for four dates in October 2016.


McIntyre's radio appearances have included:


In 2010, McIntyre released his autobiography, "Life and Laughing: My Story".[30]


Year Title Role Notes
2007–2009 Live at the Apollo Comic 3 episodes
2009–2011 Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow Presenter 2 series
2010, 2014 Royal Variety Performance Presenter On two occasions
2011 Britain's Got Talent Judge Series 5
2011, 2013 Comic Relief Presenter Main telethons
2014 The Michael McIntyre Chat Show Presenter 1 series
2015 Michael McIntyre Presents...Easter Night at the Coliseum[31] Presenter One-off entertainment show
2015– Michael McIntyre's Big Show Presenter 2 series (third series confirmed)

Guest appearances[edit]


Year Category Award Result
2003 Edinburgh Festival: Perrier Award Best Newcomer Nominated
2007 Chortle Awards Best Headliner Nominated
2008 Chortle Awards Best Headliner Won
British Comedy Awards Best Live Stand-up Nominated
2009 British Comedy Awards Best Comedy Entertainment Personality Nominated
British Comedy Awards Best Stand-Up Won
GQ Award Best Comedian Won
2010 National Television Awards Best Entertainment Presenter Nominated
Chortle Awards Best Tour Won
RTS Awards Best Entertainment Presenter Nominated
BAFTA Awards Entertainment Performance Nominated
British Comedy Awards Best Male TV Comic Won
2012 National Television Awards Best Entertainment Show (Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow) Won
BAFTA Awards Best Entertainment Programme (Michael McIntyre's Christmas Comedy Roadshow) Nominated
2014 National Television Awards Best Chat Show Host (The Michael McIntyre Chat Show) Nominated
2016 Billboard Touring Awards Top Comedy Tour Pending

Stand-up DVDs[edit]

Title Released Notes
Live & Laughing 17 November 2008 Live at London's HMV Hammersmith Apollo
Live 2009: Hello Wembley! 16 November 2009 Live at London's Wembley Arena
Showtime! 12 November 2012 Live at London's O2 Arena
Happy & Glorious 16 November 2015 Live at London's O2 Arena


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  2. ^ "McIntyre is world's most successful comedian". The Daily Telegraph. London. 25 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Tudors actor Simon Ward dies after long illness". BBC News. 
  4. ^ Gordon, Bryony (11 November 2012). "Michael McIntyre interview: 'Maybe people just can't cope with how jovial I am'". The Daily Telegraph. telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Amanda Cable. "Michael McIntyre: My other dad was Kenny Everett but I wish I'd spent more time with my real father". The Daily Mail. UK. Retrieved 4 July 2009. 
  6. ^ "Michael McIntyre 'heartbroken' after father's secret suicide revealed". Mail Online. 
  7. ^ "Michael McIntyre speaks of his devastation at the death of his dad". Mirror. 23 April 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Comedian issues Spurs rallying call". BBC. 23 February 2008. Retrieved 20 July 2009. 
  9. ^ "BBC Radio 5 live sports extra - Test Match Special, 18/07/2013, The Ashes: Michael McIntyre joins TMS". BBC. 
  10. ^ Louise Gannon (27 March 2009). "'I spent my life trying to be cool and failing': Michael McIntyre on his change of fortune | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  11. ^ Gannon, Louise. "'I spent my life trying to be cool and failing': Michael McIntyre on his change of fortune". The Daily Mail. UK. 
  12. ^ a b "Laughing all the way to chedder gorge Michael McIntyre". The Scotsman. UK. Retrieved 4 July 2009. 
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  14. ^ "Michael McIntyre's £1m Christmas present: Comedian set to rake in sum from bestselling DVD". Dailymail.co.uk. 17 December 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "New BGT judges revealed!". itv.com. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. 
  16. ^ "Michael McIntyre stands up Britain's Got Talent – Comic quits show to do 100-gig tour". The Sun. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  17. ^ "Michael McIntyre to host The Royal Variety Performance 2014". presscentre. 
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  21. ^ "Michael McIntyre's Easter Night at the Coliseum - BBC One". BBC Online. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  22. ^ "Michael McIntyre's Easter Night At The Coliseum - BBC1 Variety". comedy.co.uk. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  23. ^ "BBC - Michael McIntyre's Big Christmas Show returns to BBC One this Christmas - Media Centre". BBC Online. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  24. ^ "Michael McIntyre to host another BBC Christmas special". comedy.co.uk. 10 November 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  25. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2016/michael-mcintyres-big-show-bbc-one
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  27. ^ Michael McIntyre. "Michael McIntyre refuses to perform for debt collectors and loses 28k fee". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 28 September 2010. 
  28. ^ "Michael McIntyre world's best-selling comedian in 2012". www. suchsmallportions.com. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  29. ^ "Desert Island Discs – Michael McIntyre". Bbc.co.uk. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  30. ^ Harris, Jogn (13 December 2010). "Why celebrity memoirs rule publishing". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  31. ^ "BBC - Michael McIntyre returns to BBC One this Easter - Media Centre". BBC Online. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 

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