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Al Murray

Al Murray is a character comedian best known for his unnamed Pub Landlord character. A descendent of author William Makepeace Thackeray, Murray's act is typified by social and political satire. A keen historian, he studied at Oxford before moving into comedy in the early 1990s, enjoying a long association with Harry Hill. Initially performing a comedy sound-effect routine, Murray won the prestigious Perrier Award for his Pub Landlord act in 1999, his fourth successive year of nomination.

Biography

Al Murray is an English comedian, actor and writer known for belligerent satire and mordant parody.

Born in Buckinghamshire, where his father worked for British Rail, Al Murray ia d descendant of the novelist William Makepeace Thackeray, and is in remainder both to English and Scottish peerage titles. Murray was educated at Bedford School and Oxford University, where he read Modern History and performed in the comedy group the Oxford Revue, in a show directed by Stewart Lee. Shortly after graduating, he began his comedy career collaborating with Harry Hill in several programmes on BBC Radio 4. After touring with comedians such as Harry Hill and Frank Skinner, Murray was nominated for the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1996, 1997, and 1998, and finally won it in 1999. Initially, his act involved sound-effects such as animals and guns.

After several performances at the Edinburgh Fringe, he launched his "Pub Landlord" persona, which he has described as a "know-all know-nothing blowhard who knows the answer to every question even though he hasn't ben asked any of them". Given the roaring success of this comic character, Sky One soon commissioned the sitcom Time Gentleman Please, and ITV also created the chat show Al Murray's Happy Hour. An English publican with die-hard conservative values and a 'little Britain' mentality involving animosity towards the Germans and the French, the Pub Landlord is a scathing parody of boilerplate right-wing rhetoric. Theatre tours have included Al Murray: A Glass Of White Wine For The Lady (another catchphrase of the Landlord's) and Giving It Both Barrels. The Pub Landlord is a regular fixture on British television screens, with his own shows Al Murray's Great British Pub Quiz and Al Murray's Make Christmas Great Again, amongst many others.

In 2009 he featured in the ITV single-series sketch show Al Murray's Multiple Personality Disorder, in which he played a selection of characters of his own creation.

Murray has also run for parliament, forming the "Free United Kingdom Party" (FUKP) in the Pub Landlord persona in 2015 in order to contest the seat of South Thanet against the then-UKIP leader Nigel Farage. He eventually won 318 votes, more than the average number of votes received by candidates from, amongst others, the Communist, Socialist, and BNP parties. What is more, Murray is also a semi-professional drummer with a keen interest in music, who plays in the rock covers band T-34 and has even featured at the Download Festival in both 2010 and 2011.

Murray is a keen cricket fan, and was invited to a farewell lunch for the England team before they set off for their 2013-2014 Ashes series down under. He has been awarded an honorary degree (MA) by the University of Bedfordshire in 2014, and an honorary Doctor of Social Science (PhD) by the University of Wolverhampton in 2017.

In 2007 Murray was voted the 16th greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4's Thee 100 Greatest Stand-Ups, and in 2003 he was placed in the The Observer's top 50 funniest acts in British comedy.

In 2019, he returned to the subject of history with his podcast We Have Ways of Making You Talk, where with military historian James Holland they cover the history of World War II.

Stage name
The Pub Landlord
Stage name
Pub Landlord
Gender
Male
Nationality
England
Born
Friday 10th May 1968 (51 years-old)

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Credits

 
Year Production Role
2019 Al Murray: Landlord of Hope and Glory Self
2019 Balham Comedy Festival Self
2019 Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray
2019 Vanity Fair Writer (Additional Material)
2019 Al Murray: Landlord of Hope and Glory Self
2019 Al Murray's Great British Pub Quiz Host / Presenter
2019 Al Murray's Great British Pub Quiz Writer
2019 Island Of Dreams Gregg Wallace
2018 Insert Name Here - Series 4
  1. E3 - Mark
Guest
2017 Al Murray's Make Christmas Great Again (as The Pub Landlord) Host / Presenter
2017 Al Murray's Make Christmas Great Again Writer
2017 Stand Up Central - Series 3
  1. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2017 Al Murray: The Pub Landlord's Saloon Self
2017 Pygmalion Alfred Doolittle
2017 Brian Pern - Brian Pern: A Tribute Eddie Mount
2017 Just A Minute - Series 77 Guest
2016 Morgana Robinson's The Agency
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Guy Wallace
2016 The Outcast Comic Self
2016 Taskmaster - Series 3 Self
2016 Richard E. Grant On... Ealing Comedies
  1. E3 - Killer Jokes
  2. E1 - Passport To Success
Self
2016 Al Murray: Let's Go Backwards Self
2016 Al Murray - The Pub Landlord: Let's Go Backwards Together (Work in Progress) Self
2016 Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled - Series 4
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Guest
2016 Tonight At The London Palladium - Series 3
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Guest
2016 The Rest Is History - Series 2
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2016 Chain Reaction - Series 11
  1. E2 - Al Murray interviews Ian Hislop
Host / Presenter
2016 Chain Reaction - Series 11
  1. E1 - Ed Byrne interviews Al Murray
Guest
2016 Al Murray: Let's Go Backwards Together Self
2015 Al Murray: The Pub Landlord's Summer Saloon Self
2015 The Pub Landlord v Nigel Farage: The Battle For South Thanet The Pub Landlord
2014 A Christmas Cracker Guest
2014 You've Got To Love Christmas Self
2014 Brian Pern - Brian Pern: A Life In Rock Eddie Mount
2014 The Feeling Nuts Comedy Night Self
2014 MacAulay And Co - Edinburgh 2014
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Guest
2014 Al Murray the Pub Landlord's Late Night Lock In Self
2014 Al Murray: One Man, One Guvnor - Special Previews Self
2014 Al Murray - The Pub Landlord's Summer Saloon Self
2014 7 Day Saturday - Series 6 Host / Presenter
2014 Dilemma - Series 3
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Guest
2014 Brian Pern - The Life Of Rock With Brian Pern Eddie Mount
2013 Al Murray: The Only Way Is Epic The Pub Landlord
2013 Al Murray: The Only Way Is Epic Writer
2013 The Two Ronnies Spectacle Self
2013 Al Murray - The Pub Landlord: The Only Way Is Epic Self
2013 Al Murray The Pub Landlord's Compete For The Haggis Independence Special! Self
2013 Horrible Histories - Series 5
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Victorian Gentleman
2013 Horrible Histories - Series 5
  1. Special - Highlights Special
  2. E3 - Episode Three
Drummer
2013 Mock The Week Looks Back At...
  1. E5 - Law And Order
Self (Archive Material)
2012 Dave's One Night Stand - Series 4 Host / Presenter
2012 Stand Up For Pudsey The Pub Landlord
2012 Al Murray's Judgment Day Host / Presenter
2012 The Museum Of Curiosity - Gallery 5
  1. E1 - Meeting Twenty-Five
Guest
2012 7 Day Saturday - Series 4
  1. E3 - Episode Three
  2. E2 - Episode Two
Writer
2012 7 Day Saturday - Series 4 Host / Presenter
2012 Channel 4's 30 Greatest Comedy Shows Self
2012 Whatever Happened To Harry Hill? Big Brother Alan
2012 Al Murray: The Only Way is Epic (Special Previews) Self
2012 Al Murray The Pub Landlord: The Guv's Olympic Pub Quiz Self
2012 That Sunday Night Show - Series 3
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Guest
2012 7 Day Saturday - Series 3 Host / Presenter
2011 Ben Elton: Laughing At The 80s Self
2011 Catherine Tate: Laughing At The Noughties Self
2011 Richard Bacon's Beer & Pizza Club - Series 2
  1. E6 - Episode Six
  2. E4 - Episode Four
Guest
2011 That Sunday Night Show - Series 2
  1. E3 - Episode Three
Guest
2011 My Funniest Year - Series 1 Host / Presenter
2011 My Funniest Year - Series 1
  1. E2 - Al Murray: 1997
Writer
2011 Al Murray Live: Barrel Of Fun The Pub Landlord
2011 Al Murray Live: Barrel Of Fun Writer
2011 Al Murray Live: Barrel Of Fun Producer
2011 Al Murray Live: Barrel Of Fun Composer
2011 QI - Series I
  1. Special - QI VG: Compilation Show 5
  2. E10 - Inland Revenue
Guest
2011 Jennifer Saunders: Laughing At The 90s Self
2011 My Favourite Joke Self
2011 Al Murray's Compete for the Meat Self
2011 Al Murray the Pub Landlord's Compete for the Meat - Late Night Self
2011 Fighting Talk - 2011 Summer Specials Guest
2011 Al Murray's Compete For The Meat Host / Presenter
2011 Al Murray's Compete For The Meat Writer
2011 7 Day Saturday - Series 2 Host / Presenter
2011 Comedy Rocks With Jason Manford - Series 1
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Self
2011 That Sunday Night Show - Series 1
  1. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2010 7 Day Saturday - Series 2
  1. E14 - Episode Fourteen
Guest
2010 Celebrity Juice - Series 4
  1. Special - The Best Bits
  2. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2010 Al Murray The Pub Landlord: Live At The Palladium The Pub Landlord
2010 Al Murray The Pub Landlord: Live At The Palladium Writer
2010 Al Murray The Pub Landlord: Beautiful British Tour Live At The O2 The Pub Landlord
2010 Al Murray The Pub Landlord: Beautiful British Tour Live At The O2 Writer
2010 Al Murray The Pub Landlord: Beautiful British Tour Live At The O2 Producer
2010 Al Murray The Pub Landlord: Beautiful British Tour Live At The O2 Composer
2010 Al Murray: Giving It Both Barrels The Pub Landlord
2010 Al Murray: Giving It Both Barrels Writer
2010 Al Murray: Giving It Both Barrels Executive Producer
2010 Al Murray: The Pub Landlord's Compete For The Meat Self
2010 The Grumpy Guide To... - 2010 Specials
  1. Special - The Grumpy Guide To School Days
  2. Special - The Grumpy Guide To The Eighties
Self
2010 Frank Skinner's Opinionated - Series 1
  1. E4 - Norwich
  2. E1 - London
Guest
2010 7 Day Saturday - Series 1 Host / Presenter
2010 Al Murray: A Glass Of White Wine For The Lady Crew
2010 Al Murray: A Glass Of White Wine For The Lady Actor
2010 Al Murray: My Gaff, My Rules Crew
2010 Al Murray: My Gaff, My Rules Actor
2009 The Grumpy Guide To... - Grumpy Guide To Christmas
  1. The Grumpy Guide To Christmas
Self
2009 Live At The Apollo - Series 5 (as The Pub Landlord)
  1. E3 - Al Murray, Chris Addison and Tim Vine
Host / Presenter
2009 Undone - Series 3 Golfer Mackenzie
2009 Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow - Series 1
  1. E6 - Brighton
Self
2009 Al Murray's Multiple Personality Disorder Writer
2009 Al Murray's Multiple Personality Disorder Various
2009 Al Murray's Multiple Personality Disorder Creator
2008 Live At The Apollo - Series 4 (as The Pub Landlord)
  1. Special - Best Of Live At The Apollo
  2. E2 - Al Murray, Shappi Khorsandi and Russell Kane
Host / Presenter
2008 Have I Got News For You - Series 36
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Host / Presenter
2008 Harry Hill's TV Burp - Series 7
  1. E7 - Episode Seven
  2. E1 - Episode One
Self
2007 Al Murray's Happy Hour - Series 3 Host / Presenter
2007 Al Murray's Happy Hour - Series 2 Host / Presenter
2007 Al Murray's Happy Hour - Series 1 Host / Presenter
2006 Mock The Week - Series 2
  1. Special - Highlights Special
  2. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2005 Fact Hunt Host / Presenter
2005 Fact Hunt Creator
2005 Mock The Week - Series 1
  1. Special - Highlights Special
  2. E3 - Episode Three
Guest
2004 Britain's Best Sitcom
  1. E8 - Only Fools and Horses
Guest
2001 Time Gentlemen Please - Series 2 Guv
2001 Time Gentlemen Please - Series 2 Writer
2001 Time Gentlemen Please - Series 2 Executive Producer
2000 Time Gentlemen Please - Series 1 Guv
2000 Time Gentlemen Please - Series 1 Writer
2000 Time Gentlemen Please - Series 1 Executive Producer
1997 Harry Hill's Fruit Corner - Series 4 Alan Hill
1995 Harry Hill's Fruit Corner - Series 3 Alan Hill
1994 Harry Hill's Fruit Corner - Series 2 Alan Hill
1993 Harry Hill's Fruit Corner - Series 1 Alan Hill
1980 An Audience With... (as The Pub Landlord)
  1. E46 - Another Audience With Al Murray - The Pub Landlord
  2. E40 - Al Murray - The Pub Landlord
Host / Presenter
1980 An Audience With...
  1. E40 - Al Murray - The Pub Landlord
Writer

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