|Birth name||Alan Graham Carr|
|Born||14 June 1976|
Weymouth, Dorset, England
Alan Graham Carr (born 14 June 1976) is an English comedian, broadcaster and writer. His breakthrough was in 2001, winning the City Life Best Newcomer of the Year and the BBC New Comedy Awards. In the ensuing years, Carr's career burgeoned on the Manchester comedy circuit before he became known for co-hosting The Friday Night Project (2006-2009) with Justin Lee Collins. This led to the release of a short-lived entertainment show Alan Carr's Celebrity Ding Dong (2008), and he went on to star in the comedy chat show Alan Carr: Chatty Man (2009-2016) which aired on Channel 4. Since 2017, Carr often stands in as a team captain on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. In 2019, he became a judge on RuPaul's Drag Race UK.
Carr hosted the radio show Going Out with Alan Carr on BBC Radio 2 (2009-2012), as well as releasing his autobiography book Look Who It Is! (2008), and going on three arena stand-up comedy tours: Tooth Fairy Live (2007), Spexy Beast Live (2011) and Yap, Yap, Yap! (2015). Carr has won two British Comedy Awards, two National Television Awards and a BAFTA TV Award.
Carr was born in Weymouth, Dorset, and spent most of his childhood in Northampton. His father, whose family comes from the North East of England, is former Northampton Town manager and Newcastle United chief scout Graham Carr. Carr has a younger brother, Gary.
After completing his degree in his early 20s, Carr moved to Manchester, seeking a better life and aspiring to be a comedian. He moved into a house in Chorlton-cum-Hardy after which he moved to Stretford; which he cites as an inspiration for his comedic work. Carr soon became a regular on the Manchester comedy circuit, including Alan Carr's Ice Cream Sunday at the Manchester Comedy Store. Carr also made friends with fellow comedians based on the Manchester circuit, including Jason Manford, Justin Moorhouse and John Bishop.
Carr made his radio presenting debut on Christmas Day 2007 for BBC Radio 2 as part of their Festive Highlights with the show Alan Carr's Christmas Box. He 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. He also presented Alan Carr's Comedy Outings for BBC Radio 2 in 2008.
On 25 April 2009, Carr began hosting Going Out with Alan Carr, a new show for BBC Radio 2, in conjunction with Emma Forbes (later replaced by Melanie Sykes). The show was broadcast every Saturday evening from 6pm to 8pm. On 8 March 2012 he announced that he made the decision to leave to focus on his Chatty Man show. His last show was on 31 March 2012. Carr was replaced by Liza Tarbuck. He returned on Boxing Day 2015 for a one off show on the station.
For four weeks in January/February 2017 Carr again returned to BBC Radio 2 to sit in for Paul O'Grady on his Sunday show. 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. It included features based around summer including the 'British Seaside Survey'.
In 2021, Carr will return to BBC Radio 2 without Sykes to sit in for Zoe Ball on "The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show".
Carr performs stand-up regularly, on tour and on television. He 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. Carr had his own monthly show in a Manchester comedy club and he has toured nationwide, supporting other acts. He 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.
He has appeared and performed at many festivals, including the Reading and Leeds Festivals, Latitude Festival and Kilkenny Comedy Festival. He has performed stand-up internationally, including an appearance at the Montreal "Just For Laughs" festival.
Carr is openly gay, however he does not consider his sexuality to be a focal part of his act, once saying, "I just think gay people need to get over themselves. Just because you're gay and on the telly doesn't mean you're a role model. I'm just a comedian. That's all I am. What am I meant to do? Do I go down the Julian Clary route and talk about fisting and poppers? I don't talk about being gay and I think what better equality for gays than that?"
In January 2018, Carr married his partner of ten years, Paul Drayton, in Los Angeles. The wedding was officiated by his best friend Adele. Carr and Drayton currently reside in Aldington, Kent, having moved from London.
When accepting his award for Best Entertainment Personality at the British Comedy Awards in December 2008, Carr dedicated it to Karen Matthews, who had earlier that month been found guilty of kidnapping Shannon Matthews, her own daughter. Carr was quoted by BBC News as stating: "I should dedicate this award to her [Karen]. She would be my dream guest. I think she's a gay icon. People like a bit of rough, don't they?".
Shahid Malik, MP for Matthews' constituency of Dewsbury, described Carr's comments about Matthews as "sick and insensitive". Carr subsequently apologised for his comments, saying "I realise what I said was insensitive and I am very sorry for any offence caused." On his own website he added: "For those of you who have enjoyed my comedy and seen my act over the last seven years you all would have got used to my tongue in cheek style and near the knuckle observations. Last night at the Comedy Awards [...] I was being ironic, these aren't my real sentiments obviously."
|2007||Tooth Fairy Live||Himself||Stand-up special|
|2011||Spexy Beast Live||Himself||Stand-up special|
|2015||The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water||Seagull (voice)||UK version|
|Yap, Yap, Yap! Live||Himself||Stand-up special|
|2005-2006||8 Out of 10 Cats||Himself||7 episodes|
|2006||The Law of the Playground||Presenter||Documentary series|
|2006-2009||Friday/Sunday Night Project|
|2007-2008||Alan Carr's Celebrity Ding Dong||Two series; 12 episodes|
|2007, 2018||Live at the Apollo||3 episodes|
|2008||The Comedy Map of Britain||Himself|
|2009-2016, 2017||Alan Carr: Chatty Man||Presenter||181 episodes (series 1-16; two Christmas specials)|
|2009-2020||The One Show||Guest Presenter||10 episodes|
|2010-2016||Channel 4's Comedy Gala||Presenter|
|2010||The New Paul O'Grady Show||Guest Presenter||2 episodes|
|2011||Who Do You Think You Are?||Himself||Episode: "Alan Carr"|
|My Favourite Joke||One series|
|2011-2017||Alan Carr's Specstacular||Presenter|
|2012||Playing It Straight UK||Narrator|
|Comedy World Cup||Contestant||Team Captain, 2 episodes|
|2012-present||Stand Up to Cancer||Co-Presenter|
|2014||Stars at Your Service|
|The Singer Takes It All||Presenter|
|2016||Alan Carr's 12 Stars of Christmas||Channel 4 game show|
|Alan Carr's Happy Hour||3 episodes (series 1)|
|National Treasure||Himself||1 episode|
|2016, 2018||Peter Kay's Comedy Shuffle||2 episodes|
|2017-present||8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown||Team Captain||12 episodes|
|2017||The Price is Right||Presenter|
|2018||The Remote Controller||Non-broadcast pilot for Channel 4|
|I Don't Like Mondays||Channel 4 game show|
|The Great Celebrity Bake Off||Himself||TV special; 1 episode|
|Alan Carr's Christmas Cracker||Presenter||TV special|
|2019-present||There's Something About Movies||Sky One panel show|
|RuPaul's Drag Race UK||Judge|
|2019||Alan Carr's Celebrity Re-Play 2019||Presenter||TV special|
|2020||Alan Carr's Epic Gameshow||Presenter||ITV game show|
|Meet the Richardsons||Himself||1 episode|
|Secrets of the Driving Test||Narrator||6 episodes|
|Michael McIntyre's The Wheel||Contestant||Christmas Special|
|2021||The Masked Singer UK||Guest Panellist||Episode 6; Quarter Final
|Interior Design Masters with Alan Carr||Presenter|