Sean Lock was a well recognized English comedian and an actor who was a team captain on the Channel 4 comedy panel show “8 Out of 10 Cats” from 2005 to 2015, and on “8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown” from 2012 to 2021. He began his comedy career as a stand-up comedian, won the British Comedy Award in 2000 in the category of Best Live Comic, and was nominated for the Perrier Comedy Award. He had also written material for Bill Bailey, Lee Evans, and Mark Lamarr, and was voted the 55th-greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups in 2007 and again in the updated 2010 list as the 19th-greatest stand-up comic. He was a frequent guest on other panel shows including “Have I Got News for You”, “QI” and “They Think It’s All Over”.
Sean Lock, British Comedian, Dies At 58
Sean Lock died from cancer at his home on 18th August 2021, at the age of 58. Those who paid tribute included fellow “8 Out of 10 Cats” performers Jimmy Carr, Jon Richardson, Rachel Riley, and Susie Dent; scores of comedians, including Ricky Gervais, Bill Bailey, Lee Mack, Eddie Izzard, and QI panelist Alan Davies; Chelsea F.C.; and Channel 4. His personal friend and fellow comedian, Harry Hill, wrote in The Guardian described him as “the comedian’s comedian”.
What was Sean Lock Famous For?
- Being a comedian as well as an actor.
- For his surreal style, deadpan delivery, and dry humor.
What Nationality was Sean Lock?
Sean Lock was born on 22nd April 1963 in Chertsey, Surrey, England. His hometown was in Woking. He was born to his father, Sidney Lock, and his mother, Mary. His father worked in the building industry and his mother was Mary (née McCreesh). He was the youngest of four children. Thus, he had three siblings. He held British nationality and his ethnic background was British-White. Taurus was his Zodiac sign and his religion was Christian.
About his education, Sean Lock attended St John the Baptist School, Woking. During his teenage years, he watched art-house films on BBC Two and named 1979’s science-fiction film Stalker as one that affected him greatly. In the year 1981, he left education with a grade E in English A-Level. After spending seven years as a laborer, he traveled taking on different jobs. For six weeks, he worked on a French farm as a goat herder and worked on a kibbutz in Israel. During this period, he also worked as a toilet cleaner and a Department of Health and Social Security office worker. He later decided to pursue his career in acting and enrolled at the Drama Centre London. Throughout this time, he visited comedy shows in London pubs and started doing open-mic spots as a hobby. In the year 1988, he had his first official gig at a pub in Stoke Newington. After being paid £15 for his 20 minutes, he realized he could pursue being a comedian as a career.
Sean Lock Career Timeline
- Sean Lock firstly appeared on TV with a supporting role in the 1993 series “Newman and Baddiel in Pieces”.
- He credited Frank Skinner and Eddie Izzard as major influences on his comedy.
- A popular belief is that Sean Lock was the first stand-up comedian to perform at Wembley Arena, as he was the support act for Newman and Baddiel.
- He then made regular appearances on various radio panel shows, script-edited for Bill Bailey’s 1998 BBC2 series, “Is It Bill Bailey?”, and had his own show on BBC Radio 4, “15 Minutes of Misery”. The shows filled a 15-minute time slot and also featured the actor Kevin Eldon and Hattie Hayridge.
- “15 Minutes of Misery” lasted for one series of six programs in late 1998 and early 1999. “15 Minutes of Misery” would later be expanded into the half-hour series “15 Storeys High”.
- In the year 1995, he played an escaped murderer in an episode of “The World of Lee Evans”, alongside Lee Evans and Phil Daniels.
- He also wrote the screenplay for Andrew Kötting’s 2001 feature film “This Filthy Earth”, based on the novel La Terre by Émile Zola.
- In the year 2004, he had a guest appearance in television’s first-ever “dope opera”, Top Buzzer, written by Johnny Vaughan.
- In the year 2005, he became a regular team captain on the Channel 4 panel game “8 Out of 10 Cats”. Upon his death, The Guardian stated that he “will be best remembered as a team captain for the first 18 series of… 8 Out of 10 Cats… and he quickly emerged as its biggest star.”
- He was a team captain on “8 Out of 10 Cats” between 2005 and 2015, and on its spin-off “8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown” between 2012 and 2021.
- Back in spring 2006, he hosted his own entertainment show on Channel 4 called “TV Heaven, Telly Hell”.
- He also narrated the BBC production “World Cup Goals Galore” in the year 2006.
- In the year 2008, he appeared on “The Big Fat Quiz of the Year”, on a team with James Corden.
- He has also appeared on many popular British TV panels shows including “Have I Got News for You”, “QI” and “They Think It’s All Over”.
- He was also a celebrity guest in “The Last Leg”.
- He became “The Curator” for the second radio series of “The Museum of Curiosity”, in the year 2009, taking over from Bill Bailey.
- In the year 2010, he took part in Channel 4’s “Comedy Gala”, a benefit show held in aid of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, filmed live at The O2 Arena.
- In the year 2011, he took over from John Sergeant as the host of the Dave comedy panel show, “Argumental”.
- In the year 2019, he was featured in episode 4 of the BBC comedy series “Mandy”.
Who was Sean Lock married to?
Sean Lock was a married man. He tied the knot to his beautiful wife, Anoushka Nara Giltsoff, a businesswoman. From their marriage, they had two daughters born in 2004 and 2006, and one son born in 2009. “My partner Anoushka is excellent about sun protection, and if it’s hot, she makes sure she puts SPF50 cream on the children before they step out of the house,” he revealed. Prior to his death, Sean Lock was enjoying their present life happily without any disturbances. His sexual orientation was straight and he was not gay.
How much was Sean Lock Net Worth?
Sean Lock was a famous comedian and actor. His net worth was estimated to have $1 Million-$5 Million as of 2021 at the time of his death. His major source of wealth came from his entertainment career. He had been making millions laugh for decades, from his stand-up act to his stint on SNL to his roles in such classic films as “City Slickers,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “Monsters Inc.,” and “The Princess Bride” (“Have fun storming the castle!”).
How tall was Sean Lock?
Sean Lock was a handsome man with a tall height of 6 ft or 1.83 m. His balanced weight consists of 75 Kg or 160 lbs. He had a pair of black eyes and his hair color was black. His shoe size was 9 US. His other body measurement is unavailable at the moment. He was diagnosed with skin cancer back in the year 1990, attributing the condition to overexposure to the sun while working as a builder in the early 1980s. After seeing his doctor, he was referred to a dermatologist at Guy’s Hospital, London, and made a full recovery. In May 2012, he gave his support to a Sun Awareness event at the hospital.