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Justin Moorhouse

Manchester based Justin Moorhouse is a talented stand-up comedian, writer and actor – not to mention an award-winning radio presenter and a household name in his native North West.

Early in his career, his exuberant, larger than life personality and cheeky northern charm quickly allowed him to build a reputation on the live comedy circuit.  He was named ‘City Life Comedian of the Year’ in 2000 and was second placed in the ‘BBC New Talent Awards’ the following year.  He was soon supporting stand-up luminaries Jimmy Carr, Peter Kay, Dave Spikey, John Thomson and Johnny Vegas on tour before going on to play to sell out audiences across the North West with his own solo shows.

Justin’s debut solo show ‘Local Knowledge – The Smallest Tour in the World’ toured the North West in 2004 earning him a nomination for ‘Best Comedy Performance’ at the prestigious Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards alongside the likes of Bill Bailey and Ross Noble.

He took to the road again in 2006 with sell-out performances of his second show ‘The Difficult Second Tour’.  2007 saw him making his hotly anticipated debut at the Edinburgh festival with his third solo show ‘Who’s The Daddy?’ which he subsequently toured nationally, including a date at the prestigious Manchester Opera House.   Justin has been a regular at the Edinburgh Festival, since 2007, performing to sell out audiences and great critical acclaim.

Manchester’s Key 103 snapped Justin up as a presenter back in 2003 and he has just switched from his own long running tea time show on weekdays from 4-7pm to the weekend breakfast slot on Sunday’s 8am-12pm. His warmth, charisma and quick-witted spontaneity have proved a huge hit with listeners and radio industry officials alike, and he’s clocked up nominations for the highly prized ‘DJ Of The Year’ at the Sony Awards and ‘Presenter of the Year’ in the Commercial Radio Awards.  His show was also nominated in the 2006 Sony Radio Academy Awards for the ‘Interactive Programme Award’ with Judges describing Justin as ‘cheeky, funny and irreverent’.

BBC Radio 4 commissioned a pilot of Justin’s show ‘The Big Am I?’ which transmitted in 2009 and he most recently co-wrote and starred in the BBC Radio 4 series ‘Everyone Quite Likes Justin’, the second series of which is due to be transmitted in Autumn 2012.

On TV screens, Justin is perhaps most recognisable as Young Kenny in the hugely successful, award-winning ‘Phoenix Nights’.  He spent the whole of the second series with his face painted as a tiger and also made a brief appearance in the spin-of series ‘Max & Paddy’s Road To Nowhere’.  Other TV appearances include ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’ (BBC1), ‘Dave’s One Night Stand’ (Dave), ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’ (Ch 4) and ‘Shameless’ (E4), In 2009 he also landed a lead role in the new Ken Loach movie ‘Looking for Eric’ – which scooped a nomination for a Palme D ‘or at the Cannes Film festival.

In 2010, Justin tread the boards of the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre, playing the lead role in the hugely popular stage production of ‘Zack’ (‘****’ The Times, ‘****’ The Telegraph) and more recently went back to his thespian ways in ‘Two’ – which was at the Royal Exchange until the end of February 2012.

Justin’s writing credits include ‘The 11 O’Clock Show’ and Channel 4’s hugely popular panel show ‘8 out of 10 Cats’.  He also wrote a comedy drama for BBC Radio 4 entitled ‘An Insurance Inspector Calls’ which was critically acclaimed and described as “a poignant comedy” (The Guardian), and “an entertaining comedy drama…warm, funny and eccentric” (The Daily Mail).

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