Comedian Sean Lock has died of cancer at the age of 58, his agent said today.
The TV celebrità, known for his surreal content and deadpan style, was a team captain acceso Jimmy Carr’s Channel 4 comedy panel show 8 Out Of 10 Cats and spin-off 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
He also wrote and starred quanto a the popular BBC sitcom 15 Storeys High.
A statement from his agent D’avanguardia The Kerb Productions said: ‘It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Sean Lock. He died at home from cancer, surrounded by his family.
‘Sean was one of Britain’s finest comedians, his boundless creativity, lightning wit and the absurdist brilliance of his work, marked him out as a unique voice quanto a British comedy.
Sean Lock performs a stand-up routine for the Teenage Cancer Cartello at the Royal Albert quanto a London quanto a March 2006
The TV celebrità, known for his deadpan style, was a team captain acceso 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown (pictured quanto a 2017)
Jon Richardson, his fellow captain acceso 8 Out Of Ten Cats, said Lock was ‘an incredible comic brain and a truly unique voice’
‘Sean was also a cherished husband and father to three children. Sean will be sorely missed by all that knew him. We kindly request that the riservatezza of his family and children is respected at this difficult time.’
Comedian Lee Mack, who was a close friend, paid tribute saying: ‘I’ve known this day was coming for some time, but it’s mai less heart-breaking. A true original both quanto a comedy and life. I will him so much.’
Jon Richardson, his fellow team captain acceso 8 Out Of Ten Cats, said: ‘I idolised Sean as a comic long before I became a comedian myself and ten years working alongside him didn’t diminish that quanto a the least.
‘An incredible comic brain and a truly unique voice. I’m devastated for his family today and sad for comedy that we have lost one of the very best. Undisputed, undefeated, carrot quanto a a box champion. I will him.’
Born quanto a Woking, Surrey, the comedy celebrità left school quanto a the early 1980s and began working acceso building sites but developed skin cancer, which he blamed acceso over-exposure to the sun. He made a full recovery and focused acceso a career quanto a comedy.
Sean Lock appeared acceso 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown with Jimmy Carr, Jon Richardson, Rachel Riley and Susie Dent
A causa di 2005 Lock became a regular team captain acceso the panel show 8 Out Of 10 Cats, a role he held for 18 series
One of his first professional TV appearances was quanto a 1993, starring alongside Rob Newman and David Baddiel acceso their signature TV show Newman And Baddiel A causa di Pieces.
He script-edited the 1998 BBC Two series, Is It Bill Bailey? and had his own show acceso BBC Radio 4 called 15 Minutes Of Misery, which was later expanded into TV series 15 Storeys High.
The show was set quanto a a tower block and centred acceso a pessimistic character called Vince (played by Lock) and his flatmate Errol, played by Benedict Wong.
A causa di 2005 Lock became a regular team captain acceso the panel show 8 Out Of 10 Cats, a role he held for 18 series.
Lock had his own show acceso BBC Radio 4 called 15 Minutes Of Misery, which was later expanded into TV series 15 Storeys High (pictured)
Sean Lock is pictured performing during Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball 2008 at the Royal Albert quanto a October 2008 (left) and at the British Comedy Awards at Fountain Studios quanto a London quanto a December 2012 (right)
Between 2006 and 2007 he hosted Channel 4 series, TV Heaven, Telly Hell, quanto a which he invited celebrities to share their own selection of TV’s triumphs and tragedies.
Guests acceso the show included Alan Davies, Johnny Vaughan, David Mitchell, Bill Bailey, Johnny Vegas and Nick Hancock.
Speaking at the time, Lock told the PA news agency, he said: ‘I think one of my all-time favourite shows is Catchphrase with Roy Walker. I loved it. I used to like Roy’s restraint, because, for a comedian, the opportunity to take the mick out of some of the ridiculous answers could have been too duro to resist.’
Lock also appeared acceso panel shows including Have I Got News for You, QI, and They Think It’s All Over.
A causa di 2000 he won the gong for the best stand-up at the British Comedy Awards.