John Bishop

English comedian and actor (born 1966)

John Bishop (born 30 November 1966) is an English comedian, presenter, actor, and former footballer. Bishop played for Hyde FC and Southport FC. His was first on television with The Panel in 2008. He later appeared in the E4 teen drama Skins (seasons 3 and 4) and in the Ken Loach movie Route Irish. He also does stand-up comedy. In 2004, he won the best North West stand-up comedian award.[3] He was also nominated for a Edinburgh Comedy Award that same year.[4] He is from Liverpool and is well known for speaking with a strong Liverpool accent.

John Bishop
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Bishop in June 2011
Born (1966-11-30) 30 November 1966 (age 55)
Liverpool, England
OccupationComedian, presenter, actor, footballer
Years active2002–present
Melanie Bishop
(m. 1993)
RelativesEddie Bishop (brother)
John Bishop
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Bishop carrying the Olympic Torch at Jodrell Bank in 2012
Personal information
Date of birth (1966-11-30) 30 November 1966 (age 55)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1990 Hyde 41[2] (7)
1990–1991 Southport 35[2] (7)
Total 76 (14)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Year Title Role Notes
2007–2008 The Panel Panellist 6 episodes
2008 Celebrity Juice Guest panellist Series 1, Episode 7
2009, 2010 Live at the Apollo Guest performer 2 episodes
Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow Guest performer Series 1, Episode 2 & Series 2, Episode 3
2009–2010 Skins Rob Fitch Series 3–4 (3 episodes)
2010–2011 John Bishop's Britain Presenter 2 series on BBC One
A League of Their Own Regular (appeared as a guest panelist in Series 11) 4 series
2010 Have I Got News for You Guest presenter Series 39, Episode 9 & Series 40, Episode 3
Mock the Week Guest panellist Series 8, Episode 2
Would I Lie to You? Guest panellist Series 4, Episode 8
2011 Top Gear Guest Series 16, Episode 3
Little Crackers Bobby Series 2, Episode 7: "John Bishop's Little Cracker"
2012 Who Do You Think You Are? Himself Series 9, Episode 10
Accused Peter Cartwright Two episodes (Stephen's Story and Tina's Story)
Panto! Lewis Loud With Sheridan Smith
2013 John Bishop's Only Joking Presenter
2013–2015 John Bishop's Christmas Show Presenter One-off specials for BBC One
2013 Royal Variety Performance Presenter
2014 John Bishop's Australia Presenter Mini-series
A Night in With Olly Murs Himself One-off special
2015 Backchat Guest Series 2, Episode 5
The John Bishop Show Presenter 1 series
TFI Friday Guest Series 7, Episode 6
John Bishop's Gorilla Adventure[5] Presenter One-off show
Top Gear from A-Z Narrator One-off specials
2016— John Bishop: In Conversation With... Presenter Also executive producer
2016 Jamie & Jimmy's Friday Night Feast Guest Series 4, Episode 1
2017 The Nightly Show[6] Guest presenter 5 episodes
Fearless Steve Livesey ITV drama, 4 episodes
2019 John Bishop's Ireland Presenter Mini-series
Year Title Role Notes
2011 (UK) Route Irish Frankie
2014 One Rogue Reporter Himself
2017 Funny Cow Colin Pile


  1. "John Bishop". Desert Island Discs.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "John Bishop Biography (Personal Life, Career)". Archived from the original on 2 October 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  3. "North West Comedy Awards – the winners!", BBC Manchester.
  4. "Edinburgh Comedy Awards – The Nominees". BBC. 28 August 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2009.
  5. "John Bishop's Gorilla Adventure Episode 1". Archived from the original on 2017-03-04. Retrieved 2020-07-11.
  6. "John Bishop joins The Nightly Show line-up for ITV". ITV Press Centre. Retrieved 18 February 2017.