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1 August 1969
|Occupation||Stand-up comedian, Radio DJ, presenter|
He was winner of the 1992 Time Out New Act of the Year Award and was Time Out Stand Up Comic of the Year in 1997.
He is an avid supporter of Manchester United. In his stand-up routines, he revealed he has been married for over 18 years and has 3 kids; a 15 -year-old son, a 18-year-old daughter and 19-year-old son. He is a former pupil of Scalby School.
Tonkinson has been a regular on the UK comedy circuit for over fifteen years, playing both public gigs and corporate events, and regularly taking shows to the Edinburgh Festival.
Paul is also regularly booked by the UK Armed Forces, and was the first comic to perform in Iraq after the war officially ended.
He has won two Time Out Comedy Awards.
He will be going on tour with Michael McIntyre in 2015, for his "Happy & Glorious" tour.
Television credits include:
For ITV: Stand Up, Live at Jongleurs, Raw Soap and Raw Soap II.
For Sky1: The Film Show, Lorraine, Spend It Like Beckham
Others: Live from the Comedy Store (Channel 5), MTV Hot (MTV), Hey DJ (UK Play)
His early radio career included The Paul Tonkinson Show on London Live, as well as contributions to various Radio 4 comedy programmes, including Loose Ends and Weekending. He was also featured on Radio 4's Live From the Comedy Store.
He became the inaugural Breakfast Show presenter on Xfm Manchester upon launch on 15 March 2006, before moving to Xfm London in 2007. There he initially presented a variety of daytime shows to become familiar to listeners, before taking over the Drivetime slot from Richard Bacon. Following the sudden departure of Lauren Laverne from the Breakfast Show in April 2007, producers called on his experience in Manchester and asked him to step in. This was only a stop-gap solution, however, as he decided to focus on returning to the London stand-up circuit.
He most recently presented the syndicated Saturday lunchtime show, a slot previously occupied by Lauren Laverne, Adam & Joe, and Ricky Gervais/Stephen Merchant, before leaving radio work completely to focus on stand-up comedy.
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| XFM Manchester Breakfast Presenter
| XFM London Drivetime Presenter
| XFM London Breakfast Presenter
| XFM Saturday Lunchtime Presenter