Sean Lock

Last updated on the 28 March 2024 by Maeve

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Born:  22 April 1963, Chertsey, England. 

Sean Lock was a renowned English comedian and actor known for his dry humour and deadpan delivery. Lock’s early life was rooted in Woking, Surrey, where he was raised as the youngest of four children. His father, Sidney, worked in the building industry, while his mother, Mary, hailed from Cullaville, County Armagh. Lock attended St John the Baptist School in Woking, where his interest in the arts began to take shape, influenced by art-house films he watched during his teenage years.

Despite leaving education with a grade E in English A-Level in 1981, Lock’s formative years were marked by a variety of jobs that included working as a labourer, a role he held for seven years. His travels during this period took him to a French farm as a goat herder and to a kibbutz in Israel, among other jobs. It was during his time as a labourer that Lock developed skin cancer, an experience that prompted him to reassess his career path.

Sean Lock’s foray into the world of acting led him to enroll at the Drama Centre London. However, he soon realised that his passion lay elsewhere and returned to labouring before finally deciding to pursue comedy. Inspired by comedians like Alexei Sayle and Paul Merton, Lock began performing at comedy clubs, with his first official gig taking place in 1988 at a pub in Stoke Newington, London.

Sean Lock’s television career took off in the 1990s with a supporting role alongside Rob Newman and David Baddiel in the series “Newman and Baddiel in Pieces.” His breakthrough came in 2000 when he won the British Comedy Award for Best Live Comic and was nominated for the Perrier Comedy Award. Lock became a household name as a team captain on the Channel 4 comedy panel show “8 Out of 10 Cats” from 2005 to 2015, and its spin-off “8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown” from 2012 until his death in 2021.

Throughout his career, Lock frequently appeared on stage, television and radio, and was known for his surreal routines. He also contributed material for fellow comedians Bill Bailey, Lee Evans and Mark Lamarr. His unique style earned him recognition as one of the greatest stand-up comics, ranking 19th in Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups in 2010.

On a personal note, Lock was married to Anoushka Nara Giltsoff and the couple had three children. Lock’s personal life was kept relatively private, with the comedian preferring to keep the spotlight on his professional work. Sadly, Sean Lock passed away on August 16, 2021, at the age of 58, after illness with lung cancer. His legacy continues to influence the world of comedy, leaving behind a body of work that is celebrated for its originality and wit.


Suggested viewing


15 Storeys High (2002)

15 Storeys High poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.2

15 Storeys High follows the lives of two mismatched flatmates in a quirky South London tower block. Vince, a grumpy and touch-averse lifeguard, shares his space with Errol, an optimistic Chinese lodger. The show explores their odd-couple dynamic as they navigate their individual eccentricities and the general chaos that ensues in their peculiar high-rise residence, filled with an assortment of equally eccentric neighbours.

Top cast: Sean Lock, Benedict Wong.


Sean Lock: Live! (2008)

Sean Lock Live! poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.4

Sean Lock’s stand-up routine is filled with his sharp observations on everyday life. He finds humour in the ordinary, like struggles with self-checkout machines or the questionable design of children’s toys. Lock’s delivery is witty and dry, keeping the audience laughing as he explores topics from parenthood to social media and near-death experiences.


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