Nick Hancock

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Nick Hancock (born 25 October 1962, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire) is an English actor, comedian and television presenter.

Probably TV's most well known Stoke City supporter, he hosted the sports quiz They Think It's All Over for 10 years. He also formerly presented Room 101 (1994–1999) on TV, as well as its earlier radio version (1992–1994).

Taking a sabbatical from show business, from 2005 he began working for a friend's mortgage brokerage[1]. He left the position in February 2007, although no reason for his departure was made publicly [2].


Early life

Hancock grew up with three elder sisters, with father Ken, a builder. Educated at Shrewsbury School, Hancock won a place at Homerton College, Cambridge. While studying Hancock performed with Cambridge Footlights, becoming President in 1984. He was also a founding member of the Homerton College Blaggards.

After graduation, Hancock became a PE teacher and practised stand-up comedy as a hobby. He formed Hancock & Mullarkey with Neil Mullarkey at Cambridge, an act which consisted of spoofing television shows' title sequences to accompanying music, several times on television. This included Doctor Who, Kojak, and Dad's Army. One of his earliest TV breaks was presenting La Triviatta, a comedy/chat show about trivia for the short lived British Satellite Broadcasting station.

In 1990, he appeared in a series of advertisements for Randall's beer, that were originally only shown in Jersey. These were later lampooned by Angus Deayton in his TV show Before They Were Famous.

Television career

Hancock appeared in two episodes of Mr. Bean, first as a thief who stole the title character's camera, and later as a ticket inspector in a train. Hancock's biggest break was when he replaced Mike Myers, who had gone to work in Canada. Hancock’s comedy idol is Peter Cook and he got the chance to meet him when Cook appeared on Room 101. Hancock enjoyed hosting They Think It's All Over - especially when guests got in hot water: "Chris Eubank was slagging off Kiwi rugby star Jonah Lomu, who's 6 ft 5 in and about 18 1/2 stone. I knew Jonah was backstage, about to come on for our 'feel the sportsman' round. It was a very pleasing moment!" In 1998 he starred (alongside Andy Smart) in a documentary/comedy about the Iranian national football team called "The Outsiders". In 1999 he also appeared in Great Railway Journeys of the World, travelling from Guantanamo to Pinar del Rio.[3]

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