Romesh Ranganathan

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Romesh Ranganathan
Romesh Ranganathan in 2013.jpg
Romesh Ranganathan at the 2013 NFRN Awards
Birth name Jonathan Romesh Ranganathan[1]
Born (1978-01-30) 30 January 1978 (age 38)
Crawley, West Sussex, England[1]
Medium Stand-up, television, radio
Genres Observational comedy, Character comedy
Spouse Lisa[2]
Children 3
Website Official website

Jonathan Romesh Ranganathan[1] (born 30 January 1978)[1] is a British stand-up comedian and actor of Sri Lankan descent. He was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2013 Edinburgh Comedy Awards.[3] 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.[4]

He is also regular panellist on Play to the Whistle and The Apprentice: You're Fired!.


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.[5]

Ranganathan started presenting Newsjack on Radio 4 Extra in March 2014.[6]

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.[7]

Ranganathan has guested on multiple episodes of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.[8] 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.

In 2015 he presented a series for BBC Three, Asian Provocateur, in which he travelled to Sri Lanka to explore his ancestral country.[9]

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.

Personal life[edit]

Romesh Ranganathan in 2015

Ranganathan was raised in Horsham.[10] 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.[11]

Prior to his comedy career, he was a freestyle rapper under rap name "Ranga" and once reached the finals of the UK freestyle competition.[12]

Ranganathan taught maths and was head of sixth form at Hazelwick School in Crawley before becoming a professional comedian in 2012. His wife was a drama teacher at Hazelwick.[13]

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

Ranganathan is a vegan.[14]


Year Title Channel Role Notes
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
2015 Taskmaster Dave Contestant 1 Series
2015 Josh BBC Three
2016 It's Not Rocket Science ITV Co-presenter 1 series
Guest appearances


  1. ^ a b c d England & Wales births 1837-2006
  2. ^ "Comic Romesh celebrates success and birth of a son". Crawley and Horely Observer. Crawley and Horely Observer. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Comedy awards shortlist unveiled". Irish Independent. 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. ^ "Live at the Apollo". BBC Programmes. 
  6. ^ "Newsjack". BBC Programmes. 
  7. ^ "Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live 2014, Part 2". BBC Programmes. 
  8. ^ "8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown". Channel 4. 
  9. ^ "Romesh Ranganathan: 'I was a bumbling Englishman in a Sri Lankan disguise'". the Guardian. 
  10. ^ Asian Provocateur
  11. ^ "Comic Romesh celebrates success and birth of a son". Crawley Observer. 3 October 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "The Spotlight on ... Romesh Ranganathan". 11 November 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  13. ^ "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. 
  14. ^ 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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