Romesh Ranganathan

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Romesh Ranganathan
Born Jonathan Romesh Ranganathan[1]
(1978-01-30) 30 January 1978 (age 37)
Crawley, West Sussex, England[1]
Occupation Comedian, actor
Spouse(s) Lisa
Children 3

Jonathan Romesh Ranganathan[1] (born 30 January 1978)[1] is a British stand-up comedian and actor who has appeared on Mock the Week, Holby City, Soccer AM, Russell Howard's Good News,[2] Sweat the Small Stuff, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Taskmaster, QI, The Last Leg and Virtually Famous. He was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2013 Edinburgh Comedy Awards.[3] He is currently a regular on Play to the Whistle and Stand Up for the Week.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Romesh is married and a father of three. Romesh’s wife, Lisa, was admitted to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary during The Edinburgh Fringe Festival where Romesh was appearing and gave birth to their son Charlie.[5]

Prior to his comedy career, he was a freestyle rapper under rap name "Ranga" and once reached the finals of the UK freestyle competition.[6]

Romesh Ranganathan taught maths and was head of sixth form at Hazelwick School in Crawley, before he became a professional comedian in 2012. His wife was also a Drama teacher at Hazelwick.

He is of Sri Lankan Tamil descent and a supporter of Arsenal F.C..


As mentioned on a 2013 episode of Live at the Apollo (series 9) in which he featured, Ranganathan started performing as a comedian whilst a mathematics teacher at Hazelwick School in Crawley, and The Beacon School in Surrey, Banstead.[7]

Ranganathan started presenting Newsjack on Radio 4 Extra in March 2014.[8]

He appeared on The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice in 2014, during which he presented his homemade vegan chocolate brownies. Ranganathan is a vegan, having been a vegetarian up until 2013.[9]

In January 2015 he appeared on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Despite being a former Maths teacher he failed to score points in either numbers round despite other contestants getting the target on both occasions.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d England & Wales births 1837-2006
  2. ^ Romesh Ranganathan at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ "Comedy awards shortlist unveiled". 21 August 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Stand Up For The Week announces new line-up". British Comedy Guide. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Comic Romesh celebrates success and birth of a son". Crawley Observer. 3 October 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "The Spotlight on ... Romesh Ranganathan". 11 November 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  7. ^ Live at the Apollo at BBC Programmes
  8. ^ Newsjack at BBC Programmes
  9. ^ Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live 2014, Part 2 at BBC Programmes
  10. ^ "8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown". Channel 4. 

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