Frank Skinner’s live career began in 1987 when he spent £400 of his last £435 booking a room at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Four years later in 1991 he returned to the city and beat fellow nominees Jack Dee and Eddie Izzard to take home comedy’s most prestigious prize, The Perrier Award. He last toured the UK in 2014 with the extended, critically-acclaimed Frank Skinner: Man in a Suit which included a sold-out return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
As a television presenter, Frank Skinner is now hosting his fifth series of BBC One’s Room 101, and has hosted two series of Portrait Artist of the Year(Sky Arts), which re-branded last year for its 2015 series as Landscape Artist of the Year. Following the huge success of these programs, Frank will be returning to host the both series’ which are set to return in 2016. He also hosts the BBC iPlayer-exclusive chat show Frank Skinner On Demand with…, whose guests so far have included Lee Mack, Katy Brand, Doc Brown, Russell Howard and Michael Ball.
As a radio presenter his Absolute Radio show won Best Speech Programmeat the 2014 Radio Academy Awards (formerly the Sony’s) and saw him inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame in December 2015. In 2014 and 2016 respectively, Frank hosted a brand-new comedy panel show The Rest is History which is due to return for a second series. In 2016 he also wrote and starred in a third series of critically-acclaimed comedy drama series Don’t Start alongside Katherine Parkinson, both on BBC Radio 4.
Frank also created and hosted three series of Frank Skinner’s Opinionatedfor BBC Two, and created The Frank Skinner Show (ITV) which is widely credited as setting the tone for the modern comedic chat show, running for nine years it attracted 11 million viewers at its peak. He regularly guest-hosts Have I Got News for You (BBC1) and presented a documentary investigating the life of George Formby (BBC Four), in 2015 he hosted What a Performance!, a series celebrating the history of light entertainment for BBC4. In 2014, he appeared as a guest star in Mummy on the Orient Express, a series 8 episode of Doctor Who (BBC1) and in 2015 he starred in Rotters, a silent one-off special for Sky Arts.
With David Baddiel, Frank created and presented Fantasy Football and Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned (ITV). Alongside The Lightning Seeds the pair attained three number one hits with the football anthem Three Lions.
As an author, Frank has published Dispatches from the Sofa; a collection of columns he wrote for The Times over a two year period and has written two autobiographies, the first of which, Frank Skinner, was the top selling autobiography of 2002, spending 46 weeks in The Sunday Times Bestseller List. The second Frank Skinner: On The Road, chronicled his 2007, sell-out return to stand-up.
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