Ian Boldsworth

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Ian Boldsworth
Born Richard Ian Boldsworth
(1973-06-27) 27 June 1973 (age 43)
Warrington, England
Occupation Comedian, actor, podcast host, writer
Website http://www.raypeacock.co.uk

Richard Ian Boldsworth (27 June 1973, in Warrington, England),[1] previously known under the pseudonym Ray Peacock, is a comic performer, best known for The ParaPod and The Peacock and Gamble Podcast. He came to prominence in The Big and Daft comedy trio,[2] BBC London radio series, three consecutive years of sell-out Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows and their own series for the BBC's PlayUK, Terrorville.[2]


Boldsworth made his debut at the Edinburgh Festival in 2002, originally as a brash Yorkshireman character named Ray Peacock who soon became a regular act on the live circuit. In his 2006 show at the Edinburgh Festival, the character was dropped in all but name and a confessional stand-up show entitled "Out of Character" was delivered.[3]

In 2007 Peacock began presenting his iTunes & Chortle hosted The Ray Peacock Podcast alongside fellow comedians Ed Gamble and former EastEnders actor Raji James. It was later succeeded by The Peacock and Gamble Podcast, which is also hosted by Chortle.[2] A surprise one-off reunion show was released on 13 September 2010 to celebrate the 50th episode on the same day that the Peacock & Gamble Podcast episode 50 was released.

Launched on 8 June 2009, The Peacock and Gamble Podcast was Peacock's second foray into the medium of podcasting. Released every Monday, the show was a comedic insight in the two's lives and experiences. It can be found free on the iTunes Store, and also on Chortle. Kings Place in London hosted a large scale live show version of the show in December 2009, which featured Nick Mohammed in supporting roles. Bumper two-hour shows commencing on 24th Feb 2011 at Kings Place, London - "Peacock & Gamble Emergency Broadcast" touring the UK from July 2011 (including a full run at the Pleasance during the Edinburgh Fringe). The show was based on the concept that the "real" show has been halted, so Ray and Ed take over and fill the time so the audience still have a show to watch. Early shows have featured a seance, a guide to world culture, a re-creation of the Stanford experiment, a tribute to Sister Act, and live Guitar Hero. The Kings Place shows were also notable for their live Twitter take-overs, where Ray and Ed hack into an audience members account during the interval. A limited Edinburgh run took place every Sunday of the 2011 Fringe. The show ended with a live podcast at Kings Place on 8 December 2011. It was reincarnated for daily episodes in the 2012 and 2013 Edinburgh Festivals with a new format with a different special guest each day. In 2013, BBC Radio 4 commissioned a pilot of Emergency Broadcast.[4]

After three consecutive fringe shows with Peacock & Gamble, Peacock returned to solo stand-up for the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe with the acclaimed show "Here Comes Trouble". It subsequently went on a UK tour in 2014-2015.

He writes a monthly column in the Rugby League Magazine "Forty-20" and regularly appears on Sky News's Sunrise.

Peacock presented a paranormal podcast The Parapod[5] with comedian Barry Dodds, and currently presents a mental health podcast The Mental Podcast[6] as well as Some Nonsense Fubar Radio show and podcast.

He now presents under his real name Ian Boldsworth.

Personal life[edit]

Boldsworth attended Selwyn Jones High School (now Hope Academy) in Newton-Le-Willows. He turned his attention mainly to playing Rugby League before rekindling his performance interests and successfully applying to Bretton Hall. After graduation he relocated to London and was briefly active in fringe theatre, appearing in lead roles in Chekhov's The Bear and The Proposal, before turning his hand to comedy.

Boldsworth is well-documented as being an obsessive fan of The Muppets, Randy Newman, John Updike, Lemony Snicket and Star Wars. In September 2013, he hosted a three-hour radio show on BBC Radio 4 Extra dedicated to comedy icon Les Dawson.[7]

In his 2014 tour "Here Comes Trouble" Peacock revealed details of mental health issues, and has subsequently written about this topic for Mental Health Today Magazine and the British Comedy Guide, and spoken about it on Sky News and his radio shows.

He is a fanatical supporter of St. Helens, a comic book collector and an accomplished artist.

In April 2015 he married British artist Edie Jo Murray in Ambleside, Cumbria.[8]



  • "Ray Peacock - Here Comes Trouble UK TOUR" - 2014 - 2015
  • "Ray Peacock - Here Comes Trouble" - Edinburgh Fringe 2014
  • "Peacock & Gamble Heart-Throbs UK TOUR" - 2013
  • "Peacock & Gamble Heart-Throbs" - Edinburgh Fringe 2013
  • "Peacock & Gamble Don't Even Want To Be On Telly Anyway UK TOUR" - 2012 - 2013
  • "Peacock & Gamble Don't Even Want To Be On Telly Anyway" - Edinburgh Fringe 2012
  • "Peacock & Gamble Emergency Broadcast UK TOUR" - 2011
  • "Peacock & Gamble Emergency Broadcast" - Edinburgh Fringe 2011
  • "Peacock & Gamble Podcast Live" - Edinburgh Fringe 2011
  • "Peacock & Gamble Emergency Broadcast" - London Residency, Kings Place 2011
  • "The Ray Peacock Podcast Live" 2008
  • "Ray Peacock - Out Of Character" - Edinburgh Fringe 2006
  • "Edinburgh & Beyond" - with Russell Howard, Russell Kane, Reginald D Hunter - Edinburgh Fringe and National Tour 2005
  • "Ray Peacock & Son" - Edinburgh Fringe 2005
  • "The Comedy Zone" - Edinburgh Fringe 2002
  • "Big And Daft UK TOUR" with Rob Rouse & Jon Williams - Tour 2001
  • "The Big And Daft Christmas Show" with Rob Rouse & Jon Williams - Edinburgh Fringe 2001
  • "Big And Daft In Space" with Rob Rouse & Jon Williams - Edinburgh Fringe 2000
  • "Big And Daft" with Rob Rouse & Jon Williams - Edinburgh Fringe 1999

TV studio audience warm-up[edit]


  • Ray in Live at the Electric (BBC - 2012)
  • MC in Not Going Out (BBC - 2012)
  • Peacock & Gamble in Russell Howard's Good News (BBC - 2011)
  • Himself in "The Many Faces Of Les Dawson" (BBC - 2011)
  • Various in Russell Howard's Good News (BBC - 2011)
  • Ray in "Warm Up" (BBC - 2011)
  • Himself in Most Annoying People 2010 (BBC - 2010)
  • Himself (stand-up) in Russell Howard's Good News (BBC - 2010)
  • Roger in Skins (C4 - 2009)
  • Darren in No Heroics (ITV - 2008)
  • Banto in Doctor Who (credited as Ian Boldsworth) (BBC - 2007)
  • Billy Taft in Doctors (credited as Ian Boldsworth) (BBC - 2006)
  • DI Penhaligon in Cracker (credited as Ian Boldsworth) (ITV - 2006)
  • Ray Peacock on Edinburgh & Beyond (Paramount - 2005)
  • Ray Peacock in Paramount Shorts (Paramount - 2005)
  • Garth in Skin Deep (credited as Ian Boldsworth) (C4 - 2005)
  • Programme Consultant on Les Dawson's Finest Hour (C4 - 2002)
  • Ian in Terrorville (credited as Ian Boldsworth) (BBC UKPlay - 2001)


  • Some Nonsense With Ray Peacock - Fubar Radio (2014–present)
  • Barnes & Peacock Do Sex - Fubar Radio (2014)
  • Peacock & Gamble - Fubar Radio (2014)
  • Great Lives - Radio 4 (2014)
  • Listen to Les Dawson - Radio 4 (2013)
  • Peacock & Gamble Emergency Broadcast - Radio 4 (2013)
  • The Comedy Club on Radio 4 Extra (2011-2013)
  • Big And Daft - BBC London (2001)


  • Internet Award (nominated) - Chortle Awards 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017
  • Best Compere (nominated) - Chortle Awards 2012, 2014
  • Best Online Comedy (winner) - Midlands Comedy Awards 2016

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ian Boldsworth - Biography". ianboldsworth.com. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ray Peacock". Comedy CV. 
  3. ^ "Ray Peacock Review, "Out of Character"". Chortle. 2006. 
  4. ^ Dipper, Andrew (21 February 2013). "Radio 4 order Peacock & Gamble pilot". Giggle Beats. 
  5. ^ "The Parapod". 
  6. ^ "The Mental Podcast | Ian Boldsworth". www.ianboldsworth.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-04-06. 
  7. ^ Dipper, Andrew (9 September 2013). "Ray Peacock’s tribute to Les Dawson". Giggle Beats. 
  8. ^ "Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast - Episode 98". Soundcloud. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 

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