Iain Stirling

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Iain Stirling
Born Iain Andrew Stirling
(1988-01-27) 27 January 1988 (age 30)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Occupation Comedian, presenter, Master of Puns, The Wizard of Wit
Years active 2007–present
Known for CBBC (2009–13, 2015)
Scoop (2010)
All Over the Place (2011–15; 2017)
12 Again (2012–13)
The Dog Ate My Homework (2014–)
Love Island (2015–)
CelebAbility (2017–)

Young Scot Awards (2018-)
Partner(s) Laura Whitmore

Iain Andrew Stirling (born 27 January 1988)[1] is a comedian, writer and television presenter from Edinburgh, Scotland.

Early life

Having started stand-up whilst in his final year of Law at the University of Edinburgh, a year which saw him make the final of both the Paramount Funniest Student and Chortle Student Comedian Of The Year competitions, he is now a regular on the UK comedy circuit. Having been dubbed one of Scotland's 'Hottest Newcomers' by The Scotsman after his performance in front of 750 people at the Glasgow Fruitmarket,[2] he now gigs all over the UK including The Stand (Glasgow and Edinburgh), The Comedy Store (Manchester and London), Off The Kerb and various smaller clubs. Stirling also appeared in a singing contest in 2002.


In August 2009, Iain performed in the final of the Chortle Student Comedian Of The Year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, finishing runner-up to winner Joe Lycett.[3]

In 2012, he made an appearance on Russell Howard's Good News Extra. Since October 2012, he has been touring with Russell Kane as a warm up act for Posturing Delivery.


After being spotted at a gig, Iain has since presented the CBBC Channel along with his canine sidekick Hacker T. Dog from the CBBC TV show Scoop, and other sidekicks including Dodge the Dog, 'The Toad of Wisdom', and 'Pig With 'Tasche'. He has also worked as a writer on a number of projects for the likes of CBBC and BBC Scotland. He also appeared in Scoop as the postboy in the first four episodes of the new series.[4]

Iain presents CBBC's show, Help! My Supply Teacher's Magic – the show puts magicians in schools and tricks children into thinking they are teachers. Stirling also presented 12 Again, a show in which celebrities talk about what they were like when they were twelve. Stirling also co-presents All Over the Place 2011-2015, 2017.

On 1 February 2013, Stirling left the CBBC office but returned in September 2015 for CBBC's 30th anniversary.

The Dog Ate My Homework

In early October 2013, Stirling began recording for a new series for CBBC, The Dog Ate My Homework, which was commissioned as the CBBC answer to Mock the Week.[5] The show features two teams of comedians or celebrities and a child as team leader. Stirling hosts the show of 'off-the-wall questions, nonsensical studio games, and slapstick challenges'.[6] He was nominated for a BAFTA in 2014 for best children's presenter for his hosting of the programme for two series.[7]


In 2015 he returned to CBBC to celebrate 30 years of the channel in Hacker's Birthday Bash. In June 2015 he became the narrator of ITV2 reality series Love Island,[8] which returned for a second series in May 2016, a third in 2017 and a fourth in 2018.

In 2016 Stirling starred in Comedy Central series Drunk History. He occasionally appears as a TV & film reporter on ITV's weekend morning show Weekend. He presented CelebAbility, a six-part entertainment series for ITV2.

On 18 November 2017 Stirling appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show.

On 22 December 2017 Stirling sat in for Chris Stark on the Scott Mills Show on BBC Radio 1.

Stirling hosted Scotland's Big Night Out on 31 December 2017, as part of BBC Scotland's Hogmanay 2017.[9]

In May 2018 Stirling was the voice over for the BAFTA TV awards.In November 2018 Stirling will host the Young Scot Awards For The first time which will take place in Glasgow at the SEC Armadillo


  1. ^ "''CBBC Stars'' – Click "Personal Stuff" for date of birth". Bbc.co.uk. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Theatre - Trilogy: Part Three - News - Scotsman.com". Thescotsman.scotsman.com. 29 September 2008. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Student Comedy Award Final 2009's description". Chortle. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  4. ^ "CBBC Programmes – Scoop, Series 2, Trying My Patients". BBC. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  5. ^ "CBBC commissions panel show for kids". British Comedy Guide. 9 September 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  6. ^ "'CBBC's answer to Mock The Week' - Iain Stirling to host new panel show". Chortle. 9 September 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Children's - Presenter in 2014". BAFTA. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  8. ^ Taylor, Frances (17 July 2017). "Who's the voiceover on Love Island? Narrator Iain Stirling reveals all about being the voice of the ITV2 reality show". Radio Times. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  9. ^ https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/scotland-now/dancing-through-ages-take-look-11768754

External links

  • Official website
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