Cast & Creative
Jason Manford hails from Salford, Lancashire. He is a stand-up comedian, writer, actor, radio and television presenter. He began his career in 1999, while working at the Buzz Comedy Club in Chorlton, Manchester. Jason was collecting glasses when a performer didn’t arrive for an evening set. Jason, who was 17, stepped in to fill the gap, an event which marked the beginning of his comedy career. Six gigs later he was crowned The City Life North West Comedian of the Year.
After winning several smaller awards, Jason was nominated for the Perrier Award in Edinburgh in 2005 for his show Urban Legends. He shot to stardom as team Captain on Channel 4’s, 8 out of 10 Cats in 2007.
Jason is currently in the middle of a hugely successful tour, First World Problems which has taken him to all corners of the British Isles since May 2013, performing more than 200 shows. The tour will run until the end of December 2014.
Stand up sets on Live at the Apollo (BBC One), Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC One) and The Royal Variety Performance (ITV1, 2009) have all helped establish Jason as a nationally known comic, a position which made him the ideal host of ITV’s reality comedy competition, Show Me the Funny.
A second series of his hilarious creation Walk on the Wild Side (BBC One) aired in 2010. Jason has also hosted Comedy Rocks with Jason Manford (ITV1), he was a regular panelist on two series of Odd One In (ITV1).
After his opera singing turn saw him emerge the winner on Born To Shine (ITV1) Jason put his new found talent into practice joining Alfie Boe on tour. This was followed by a well-received run in the critically acclaimed hit West End musical Sweeney Todd, starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton. He hosted ITV’s Funny Old Year on New Year’s Eve 2013, giving his unique and personal take on everything from television to sport, from the gaffes to the feuds and the trends of the year.
In April 2014 Jason appeared alongside Shameless star David Threlfall in ITV1’s drama based on the life of Tommy Cooper, Not Like This, Like That. Jason hosted a brand new series on BBC One, A Question of Sport: Super Saturday throughout June 2014. In September 2014, the illustrious Sunday Night at the Palladium returned to ITV and saw Jason as one of the guest hosts. He has enjoyed appearances on QI (BBC Two), Big Fat Quiz of the Year (Channel 4), and Comedy World Cup (Channel 4).
Jason supports Manchester City FC and has a season ticket with his dad and three brothers. He cites Billy Connolly as the first comedian he saw when he was nine years old, and as the first inspiration for him to become a comedian. He has a love for family friendly entertainers like Eric Morecambe, Tommy Cooper and Les Dawson.