Bob Mortimer was born on 23 May 1959. He is an English comedian, actor, and writer who is best known for his double act with Jim Moir as Reeves and Mortimer. He is also a co-host of the popular podcast Athletico Mince and a regular panelist on the comedy show Would I Lie to You?. He has a distinctive style of humor that often involves absurdity, surrealism, and improvisation.
Bob Mortimer Biography
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May 23, 1959
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Comedian | Actor | Writer
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Early Life and Education
Bob Mortimer was born on May 23, 1959, in Acklam, Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England. He is the youngest of four sons of a biscuit salesman father and a secretary mother. He attended Acklam High School and later studied law at the University of Sussex. Bob Mortimer graduated with a 2:1 degree in 1981 and moved to London to work as a solicitor for Southwark Council.
Mortimer’s comedy career began in the mid-1980s when he met Jim Moir at a pub in London where Moir was performing as Vic Reeves. Mortimer became a regular audience member and soon joined Moir on stage as his assistant. The duo developed a cult following with their anarchic and surreal show Vic Reeves Big Night Out, which was broadcast on Channel 4 from 1990 to 1991. They then moved to BBC Two with The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, which ran from 1993 to 1995 and featured characters such as the Stotts, Mulligan and O’Hare, and Donald and Davey Stott. They also created the spoof quiz show Shooting Stars, which ran from 1993 to 2011 and featured celebrities such as Ulrika Jonsson, Mark Lamarr, and Matt Lucas.
Mortimer and Moir have also starred in several other comedy shows, such as Bang Bang, It’s Reeves and Mortimer, Catterick, House of Fools, Vic & Bob’s Big Night Out, and Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing. They have also appeared in films such as The Weekenders, Churchill: The Hollywood Years, Alien Autopsy, and Lucky Fred. In addition, they have released several albums and singles, such as I’m a Believer, Dizzy, Abide with Me, and I Can’t Get No Sleep.
Apart from his partnership with Moir, Mortimer has also pursued other projects in comedy and entertainment. He is the co-creator and co-writer of the sitcom Randall & Hopkirk, which starred Vic Reeves and Tom Baker. He is also the co-host of the podcast Athletico Mince with Andy Dawson, which features humorous stories and sketches about football and other topics. Bob Mortimer is also a regular panelist on the BBC One show Would I Lie to You?, where he often tells outrageous lies or reveals surprising truths about himself. He has also appeared on other shows such as QI, Taskmaster, Have I Got News for You, The Graham Norton Show, and The Last Leg.
Mortimer married Lisa Matthews in October 2015 after being together for 22 years. They have two sons, Harry and Tom. Mortimer also has another son, Emilio, from a previous relationship. Mortimer is an avid fan of Middlesbrough Football Club and often attends their matches. He is also interested in fishing, birdwatching, gardening, and painting. He published a book of his paintings called Sun Boiled Onions in 1999.
Mortimer has had several health issues in his life. He was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 29 and has undergone several operations to treat it. He also suffered a triple heart bypass surgery in 2015 after discovering that he had 95% blockage in his arteries. Bob Mortimer has since recovered well and resumed his comedy work.
This is a list of some of the films and television shows that Bob Mortimer has appeared in or written for:
- Alien Autopsy (2008)
- Athletico Mince (2015-present)
- Bang Bang, It’s Reeves and Mortimer (1999)
- Catterick (2004)
- Churchill: The Hollywood Years (2008)
- House of Fools (2014-2015)
- Lucky Fred (2011)
- Monkey Trousers (2005)
- Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing (2018-present)
- Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) (2000-2001)
- Shooting Stars (1993-2011)
- The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer (1993-1995)
- The Weekenders (2007)
- Tittybangbang (2006-2007)
- Vic & Bob’s Big Night Out (2017-present)
- Vic Reeves Big Night Out (1990-1991)
- Would I Lie to You? (2007-present)
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Bob Mortimer has a net worth of $5 million as of 2021. He has earned his wealth from his successful career in comedy, television, film, music, and art.
Social Media Handles
Bob Mortimer is active on social media and has the following accounts:
- Twitter: @RealBobMortimer
- Instagram: @realbobmortimer
- Facebook: Bob Mortimer