Jeremy Hardy

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Jeremy Hardy
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Hardy during a recording of You'll Have Had Your Tea for BBC Radio 4 in 2006.
Birth name Jeremy James Hardy
Born (1961-07-17) 17 July 1961 (age 56)
Farnborough, Hampshire
Medium Television, radio and stand-up.
Nationality British
Alma mater University of Southampton
Website Official website

Jeremy James Hardy (born 17 July 1961) is an English comedian.


Hardy was born in Farnborough, Hampshire. He attended Farnham College and studied Modern History and Politics at the University of Southampton. He started his stand-up career in the early 1980s, and won the Perrier Comedy Award in 1988 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He is best known for his radio work, particularly on The News Quiz, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue and his long-running series of monologues Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation. His experiences in Palestine during the Israeli army incursions of 2002 became the subject of a feature documentary Jeremy Hardy vs. the Israeli Army (2003), directed by Leila Sansour.

He made his television debut in the late 1980s in various comedy shows including Blackadder Goes Forth (1989), and has presented a television documentary about the political background to the English Civil War as well as an edition of Top of the Pops in 1996. Hardy wrote a regular column for The Guardian until 2001.[1]

His excruciatingly off-key singing is a long-running joke on the radio panel show I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue.

Hardy supported Irish nationalist Róisín McAliskey, the then-pregnant daughter of Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, when the former was accused of involvement in an IRA mortar attack in Germany, and put up part of the bail money to free her.[2] He also supported the campaign to free Danny McNamee convicted of involvement in the Provisional Irish Republican Army's (IRA) Hyde Park bombing on 20 July 1982.[3]

In an edition of Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation on BBC Radio 4 "How to be Afraid," broadcast in September 2004, Hardy suggested that members and supporters of the BNP should be "shot in the back of the head", sparking complaints and causing Burnley Borough Council to cancel a show in the town over fears that it could be "disruptive" in an area with a recent history of racial tension.[4]

He was married to American-born actress and comedian Kit Hollerbach, who featured alongside him in the radio sitcoms Unnatural Acts[5] and At Home with the Hardys.[6]

He was a close friend of comedian Linda Smith; when she died of ovarian cancer on 27 February 2006, he publicly eulogised her in many media[7] and wrote her Guardian obituary.[8]





  1. ^ Hardy, Jeremy (4 April 2001). "Frankly, I've got nothing to joke about". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 September 2007. 
  2. ^ "Jeremy Hardy:Caustic comic". BBC News. 5 April 2002. Retrieved 13 September 2007. 
  3. ^ "McNamee's 11-year campaign for justice". BBC News. 17 December 1998. Retrieved 27 February 2007. 
  4. ^ "Comic banned for 'shoot BNP' joke". BBC News. 2 November 2004. Retrieved 13 September 2007. 
  5. ^ "Unnatural Acts (a Titles & Air Dates Guide)". 17 June 2007. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "radiohaha – At Home with the Hardys". Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Hardy, Jeremy (28 February 2006). "Her mind was extraordinary". BBC News. Retrieved 13 September 2007. 
  8. ^ Hardy, Jeremy (1 March 2006). "Obituary: Linda Smith". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 September 2007. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Jeremy Hardy on IMDb
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