Ian Hislop

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Ian David Hislop (born 13 July 1960) is a British satirist, comedian, writer, broadcaster and editor of the magazine Private Eye. He has appeared on many radio and television programmes, most notably as a team captain on the BBC current affairs satrical quiz Have I Got News for You.


Early life

Hislop was born in Mumbles, Swansea in Wales, to a Scottish father, David, and a Channel Islander mother, Helen, of English descent.[1] When he was five months old his family began to travel around the world because of his father's job as a civil engineer.[1] During his infant years Hislop lived in Nigeria, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong. On his return to the United Kingdom he was educated at Ardingly College, an independent boarding school, where he began his satirical career directing and appearing in revues alongside Nick Newman, and became Head Boy. Hislop and Newman's association continued when they went to Oxford, and they later worked together at Private Eye and on a number of comedy scriptwriting jobs. Hislop applied to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford, but changed to English Literature before going up. He graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford with a degree in English literature in 1981.


When Hislop was 12 years old his father, David Hislop, died; his mother also died when he was quite young.[1] His mother was born in Jersey and left in her late teens.[1] Hislop did not know his grandparents.[1]

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