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date: 15 July 2024

Martin, Paul James, (Paul Merton) free

Martin, Paul James, (Paul Merton) free

Born 9 July 1957; s of Albert and Mary Martin; m 1991, Caroline Quentin, qv (marr. diss. 1999); m 2000, Sarah Parkinson (d 2003); m 2009, Suki Webster

comedian, actor, writer

Education

Wimbledon Coll.

Career

Civil Servant, Dept of Employment. Stage: stand-up comic: London Comedy Store, 1981–; London cabaret circuit, 1982–88; toured England, Scotland and Ireland, 1993; London Palladium, 1994; Live Bed Show, Garrick, 1994; presenter, Paul Merton’s Silent Clowns, UK tour, 2007; Paul Merton’s Impro Chums, UK tour, 2010, 2019, 2022; Out of My Head, UK tour, 2012; actor: Aladdin, Wimbledon Th., 2018; television includes: series: Comedy Wavelength, 1987; Whose Line is it Anyway?, 1989–93; Have I Got News For You, 1990–; Paul Merton—the series, 1991, 1993; Paul Merton’s Life of Comedy, 1995; Paul Merton’s Palladium Story (2 programmes), 1995; Paul Merton in Galton & Simpson, 1996, 1997; The Paul Merton Show, 1996; Room 101, 1999–2007; Paul Merton in China, 2007; Thank God You’re Here, 2008; Paul Merton in India, 2008; Paul Merton in Europe, 2010; Paul Merton’s Secret Stations, 2016; Motorhoming with Merton & Webster, 2021; films: An Evening with Gary Lineker, 1994; The Suicidal Dog, 2000 (writer and dir); radio series include: Just a Minute, 1988–; I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, 1993–; The Masterson Inheritance, 1993–96; Two Priests and a Nun go into a Pub, 2000; Late, 2001; My Obsession, 2019. BAFTA Award, Best Entertainer, 2003

Publications

(with Julian Clary) My Life with Fanny the Wonderdog, 1988; Paul Merton’s History of the 20th Century, 1993; Have I Got News For You, 1994; My Struggle, 1995; Silent Comedy, 2007; Only When I Laugh (autobiog.), 2014; Funny Ha, Ha, 2019

Recreations

tropical fish, walking, film comedy

Address

c/o Mandy Ward Artist Management, Adam House, 7–10 Adam Street WC2N 6AA