21 Facts About Alan Carr


Alan Graham Carr was born on 14 June 1976 and is an English comedian, broadcaster and writer.


Alan Carr's breakthrough was in 2001, winning the City Life Best Newcomer of the Year and the BBC New Comedy Awards.


Since 2017, Alan Carr often stands in as a team captain on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.


Alan Carr has won three British Comedy Awards, two National Television Awards and a BAFTA TV Award.


Alan Graham Carr was born on 14 June 1976 in Weymouth, Dorset, oldest son of Christine and Graham Carr, and spent the majority of his childhood in Northampton.


Alan Carr's father, whose family comes from the North East of England, is a former Northampton Town manager and Newcastle United chief scout.


Alan Carr went to Weston Favell Upper School in Northampton and graduated from Middlesex University with a 2:1 BA degree in Drama and Theatre Studies.


Alan Carr lived in Chorlton-cum-Hardy after which he moved to Stretford, which he cites as an inspiration for his comedic work.


Alan Carr worked in a call centre for five years and performed on the comedy circuit in his spare time, before moving into comedy as a full-time career.


Alan Carr filled in on BBC Radio 6 Music on 16 February and 14 June 2008 for Adam and Joe and co-presented The Russell Brand Show on 4 October 2008.


Alan Carr presented Alan Carr's Comedy Outings for BBC Radio 2 in 2008.


Alan Carr returned on Boxing Day 2015 for a one-off show on the station.


Alan Carr reunited with Sykes to present a 10-week show called Summer Escapes sitting in for Graham Norton on Saturdays from July to September on BBC Radio 2 yearly from 2017 until its final run in 2020 following Norton's departure from the station.


Alan Carr became a regular performer on the Manchester comedy circuit in his 20s, where he met fellow comedians Jason Manford, Justin Moorhouse and John Bishop, and had his own monthly comedy and cabaret show Alan Carr's Ice Cream Sunday at the Manchester Comedy Store.


In 2001, Alan Carr won the City Life Best Newcomer of the Year and the BBC New Comedy Awards.


Alan Carr has been featured in three Edinburgh shows and in 2007 he toured throughout the UK, which was followed by a DVD entitled Tooth Fairy Live.


Alan Carr has performed at the Apollo Theatre in London, which was televised for the BBC One series Live at the Apollo, and has been featured in the Royal Variety Performance.


Alan Carr has appeared and performed at many festivals, including the Reading and Leeds Festivals, Latitude Festival and Kilkenny Comedy Festival.


Alan Carr has performed stand-up internationally, including an appearance at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal.


In March 2010, Alan Carr took part in Channel 4's Comedy Gala, a benefit show held at the 02 Arena in aid of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.


In January 2018, Alan Carr married his partner of ten years, Paul Drayton, in Los Angeles.