Romesh Ranganathan at the 2013 NFRN Awards
|Birth name||Jonathan Romesh Ranganathan|
30 January 1978 |
Crawley, West Sussex, England
|Medium||Stand-up, television, radio|
|Genres||Observational comedy, Character comedy|
Jonathan Romesh Ranganathan (born 30 January 1978) is a British stand-up comedian and actor of Sri Lankan descent. He was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2013 Edinburgh Comedy Awards. He has made multiple appearances on comedy panel shows and in 2016, he co-presented It's Not Rocket Science, alongside Rachel Riley and Ben Miller.
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, Banstead, Surrey.
Ranganathan has guested on multiple episodes of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. He has also appeared on Would I Lie to You?, Holby City, Soccer AM, Russell Howard's Good News, Sweat the Small Stuff, The Last Leg, Virtually Famous, Have I Got News for You and Mock the Week. He was a regular contestant on the first series of Taskmaster and also appeared in the third episode of Jon Richardson Grows Up.
He also joined The Apprentice: You're Fired! in 2015 as a regular panellist. The show is a spin-off from The Apprentice. In December 2015, he appeared in Josh Widdicombe's sitcom, Josh. In 2016, he will co-present It's Not Rocket Science, a new entertainment series for ITV alongside Ben Miller and Rachel Riley.
Ranganathan was raised in Horsham. He is married and a father of three. In 2014 Ranganathan's wife, Leesa, was admitted to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary during The Edinburgh Fringe Festival where Ranganathan was appearing and gave birth to their son.
Prior to his comedy career, he was a freestyle rapper under rap name "Ranga" and once reached the finals of the UK freestyle competition.
|2015—||Play to the Whistle||ITV||Regular Panelist||2 series|
|2015—||The Apprentice: You're Fired!||BBC Two||Regular Panelist||1 series|
|2015||Asian Provocateur||BBC Three||Main|
|2016||It's Not Rocket Science||ITV||Co-presenter||1 series|
- Guest appearances
- Live at the Apollo (2013, 2015)
- Mock the Week (2013–present)
- Sweat the Small Stuff (2013–14)
- The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice (2014)
- Virtually Famous (2014)
- 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (2015)
- The Last Leg (2015)
- Have I Got News For You (2015, 2016)
- Asian Provocateur (2015)
- Would I Lie to You? (2015, 2016)
- England & Wales births 1837-2006
- "Comic Romesh celebrates success and birth of a son". Crawley and Horely Observer. Crawley and Horely Observer. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
- "Comedy awards shortlist unveiled". Irish Independent. 21 August 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
- "Stand Up For The Week announces new line-up". British Comedy Guide. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
- "Live at the Apollo". BBC Programmes.
- "Newsjack". BBC Programmes.
- "Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live 2014, Part 2". BBC Programmes.
- "8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown". Channel 4.
- "Romesh Ranganathan: 'I was a bumbling Englishman in a Sri Lankan disguise'". the Guardian.
- Asian Provocateur
- "Comic Romesh celebrates success and birth of a son". Crawley Observer. 3 October 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
- "The Spotlight on ... Romesh Ranganathan". londonisfunny.com. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
- "Former Crawley teacher now a comedian who has supported Ricky Gervais and appeared on Live at the Apollo". Crawley News. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
- Jones, Alice (12 February 2015). "Soya think you're funny? Introducing the UK's first Vegan Comedy Festival". The Independent. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
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