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Ardal O'Hanlon

Actor Comedian and TV Personality

Ardal O'Hanlon is a supremely talented comedian, probably best known for his role of Father Dougal McGuire. As well as Father Ted, Ardal has also starred in the TV series My Hero and Big Bad World.

"He first found fame as a stand-up comedian, winning the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year competition in 1994"

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In detail

Ardal began his show business career while at Dublin University where he and his friends would hire themselves out as wacky after-dinner speakers. He then got together with two fellow university students, Barry Murphy and Kevin Gildea to form the comedy troupe, Mr Trellis. They established The Comedy Cellar, Ireland's first alternative comedy club in the upstairs room of The International Bar, Dublin. In 1994 Ardal and Kevin went to London to enter The Comedy Newcomer of the Year competition at The Hackney Empire which Ardal won.

What he offers you

Ardal O'Hanlon is an instantly recognisable and truly gifted comedian who has vast media experience at home and abroad. He has hosted a series of The Stand Up Show on BBC1 and made guest appearances in shows such as Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Shooting Stars and recently he hosted The 100 Greatest TV Characters on Channel 4.

How he presents

Ardal is at home in a variety of roles and his presence, charisma and style adds to any event.


He presents in English.

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  • After Dinner

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