Frank Skinner

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Frank Skinner

Writer, actor and comedian known for Baddiel & Skinner and as host of Room 101

Originally from West Bromwich, Frank Skinner is a writer, actor and comedian known for Baddiel & Skinner Unplanned (2000), Room 101 (1994) and Frank Skinner Live in Birmingham(1998).

With David Baddiel, he sang the vocals to “Three Lions”, the official England song released to celebrate the 1996 UEFA European Championships. The track topped the charts in summer 1996 and an updated version topped the charts in summer 1998 to celebrate England’s participation in that year’s FIFA World Cup.

In 2007, Frank performed a new live stand-up tour, his first for 10 years, continuing through to the Edinburgh Festival for 2 weeks at The Pleasance, the venue where he won the Perrier Award, and a 69 date national tour including three sold out homecoming performances at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham in the autumn.

In November 2008 and in the light of senior broadcasting figures such as ITV boss Michael Grade and Sir Terry Wogan, calling for TV to clean up its act regarding use of swear words, Skinner decided to experiment with removing swear words altogether from his stand up live act although stated that it would be a shame if ‘clever swearing’ was lost. He also stood in for an ill Paul Merton as a team captain on 21 November edition of Have I Got News for You.

In 2011, he wrote and performed a Radio 4 comedy series, Don’t Start with Katherine Parkinson. Each episode was based around an argument between Skinner’s character Neil and his girlfriend Kim. Skinner said that each episode was only 15 minutes long as it was ‘too intense’ to be any longer. Don’t Start returned for a second series in 2012. Since January 2012 Skinner has been host of the exceptionally popular BBC show Room 101.

Since August 2013, Frank has been a team captain on the BBC comedy show I Love My Country.

Frank chose the stage name Frank Skinner after a man in his father’s pub dominoes team!

Not only is Frank a passionate Elvis fan, but went so far as to purchase one of Elvis’ shirt from a US auction for $15,000.

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