Iain Lee




100 Grand in 100 Minutes

Big Brother (5* coverage)

I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! (participant)

Mental! - The Music Quiz

Our Survey Said (voiceover)


Made his name hosting The 11 O'Clock Show alongside Daisy Donovan before moving on to co-host C4's flop breakfast show RI:SE alongside Big Brother winner Kate Lawler. These days can be found hosting TV programmes and writing sitcoms with The Office's (and other 11OCS aluminus) MacKenzie Crook. He's also spun some discs on London's alternative radio station XFM, and presented a late-night phone in on London speech station LBC. Retired in 2023 to focus on counselling.


Lee is responsible for one the most compulsively terrible live broadcasts possibly in the history of television, the one time Channel 4 decided to show the build-up and result of The Perrier Comedy Award at the Edinburgh festival. Live broadcast + lots of drunk comedians + Lee being outclassed = very funny television.

In 2000, he fronted an unaired pilot for Princess Productions' proposed TV version of the computer quiz game You Don't Know Jack.

In 2004, an Iain Lee-signed 11 O'Clock Show script sold for the grand sum of £5.50. Is firewood really that expensive these days?

His other quiz appearances include featuring as a panellist on the 2004 one-off The Simpsons Quiz Show and winning an edition of Celebrity Mastermind.

Speaking to the Independent on Sunday in January 2005, Iain Lee said of Mental!, "I only did it because I was convinced I'd never get to do TV again. It was a terrible, terrible show. Just wretched. That was the end of my career, as far as I was concerned." He also said that he had turned down chances to appear on I'm a Celebrity and Celebrity Big Brother because, "while I'm desperate, I'm not that desperate - yet." Despite not wishing to participate in the programme itself, he did begin co-presenting Big Brother spin-off programme (Celebrity) Big Brother's Bit on the Side in January 2014.


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Web links

Official site

Iain Lee page at Karushi Management

IMDb entry

Wikipedia entry


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