Eric Monkman

Eric Monkman (born c. 1987)[1] is a Canadian academic and television personality based in the United Kingdom.

Monkman comes from Oakville, Ontario, Canada. His father, a doctor, died when Eric was thirteen. Monkman obtained his first degree from the University of Waterloo[2] and then studied for a master's degree in economics at Wolfson College, Cambridge, when he captained the college's University Challenge team. The team lost in the 2017 final to a team from Balliol College, Oxford.[3]

His girlfriend, Jiang Na, who teaches law at Beijing Normal University, had previously also appeared on the programme.[1] Viewers described him as the most intense contestant ever: a reviewer called him an "unexpected hero".[1]

Television careerEdit

Together with Bobby Seagull, Monkman presented the BBC Radio 4 programme Monkman and Seagull’s Polymathic Adventure, and wrote the quiz book The Monkman and Seagull Quiz Book published by Eyewear Publishing in October 2017.[4] They presented Monkman & Seagull's Genius Guide to Britain, a four-part series on BBC Two, first broadcast in 2018.[5] The show was commissioned for a second series in 2019.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Rachael Pells (10 April 2017). "Who is Eric Monkman? All you need to know about the University Challenge finalist". The Independent. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  2. ^ Alice Vincent (10 April 2017). "Quizzing, canoeing and family tragedy: 10 things you didn't know about University Challenge finalist Eric Monkman". The Telegraph. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  3. ^ Caroline Westbrook (17 September 2018). "Who are Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull and how are they best known?". Metro.
  4. ^ Monkman, Eric; Seagull, Bobby (20 December 2017). "Monkman and Seagull's brainbox quiz of 2017". the Guardian. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  5. ^ Amy Walker (17 August 2018). "University Challenge duo Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull to star in BBC show". The Guardian.
  6. ^ "BBC - BBC Two commissions Monkman & Seagull for second series - Media Centre". Retrieved 4 June 2019.