Iain Lee

Iain Felix Diamond Lee (born 9 June 1973) is an English broadcaster, presenter, narrator and writer. His career began when he performed stand-up comedy gigs across venues in London. He subsequently became co-presenter of the comedy current affairs show The 11 O'Clock Show on Channel 4 and RI:SE. After three years at London speech station LBC 97.3, Lee resigned and, after two years presenting a Sunday night slot, hosted Iain Lee's 2 Hour Long Late Night Radio Show on Absolute Radio until leaving the company on 17 October 2011.

Iain Lee
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Lee hosting The Rabbit Hole Show in 2017
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(1973-06-09) 9 June 1973 (age 46)
Alma materMiddlesex University
Previous show(s)
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Years active2018–
(29 Feb 2020)

On 8 February 2016, it was announced that Lee would be part of the launch team on Talkradio and would present a weeknight show, The Late Night Alternative, from 10 pm to 1 am. The station and Lee's show started on Monday 21 March 2016.[1]

Early and personal lifeEdit

Lee was born in Slough, Buckinghamshire, England,[2] and attended Herschel Grammar School. He came out as bisexual in July 2019 live on air.[3]

On 17 April 2020, Iain announced on his talkRadio show that his sons had decided on two middle names for him, choosing "Felix" and "Diamond".

Television careerEdit

Lee was the lead presenter on satirical comedy show The 11 O'Clock Show on Channel 4, alongside Mackenzie Crook and Daisy Donovan. The show also featured comedians Ali G and Ricky Gervais. He then went on to present the early morning show on Channel 4, RI:SE, with Kate Lawler from Big Brother 2002. Lee has also presented Channel 4's Thumb Bandits, appeared on Sky News, The Wright Stuff and ITV's This Morning, and hosted the Big Brother companion series Bit on the Psych for Channel 5.

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!Edit

In November 2017, Lee took part in the seventeenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!. Lee entered the show on Day 5. During the show, Lee was elected Prime Minister of 10 Downing Creek. Lee made it to the final and finished in third place. He spoke openly about mental health whilst participating in the show.[4]

Good Morning BritainEdit

From the start of 2018, Lee was on the breakfast TV show Good Morning Britain, filling in for Richard Arnold who was taking a 3-week break.[5][6]


Year Title Role Notes
1994 The Danny Baker Show Drummer 1 episode
1998–2000 The 11 O'Clock Show Presenter 111 episodes
1998, 2000 They Think It's All Over Panellist 2 episodes
1999, 2000 The Channel 4 Political Awards Reporter 2 episodes
1999 Faking It Narrator
1999 Comedy Café Guest 2 episodes
1999, 2000 Comedy Lab Presenter 2 episodes
2000 Thumb Candy: The History of Computer Games Presenter
2001 E For Edge Narrator
2001 Edinburgh Comedy Awards Presenter
2001 I Love the '80s Guest 7 episodes
2001 Liquid News Presenter 20 episodes
2001 Mental! Presenter 16 episodes
2001–2002 Thumb Bandits Presenter 13 episodes
2002 My Worst Week Presenter 5 episodes
2002, 2008, 2018 The Wright Stuff Guest 4 episodes
2002–2003 RI:SE Presenter 205 episodes
2003–2004 Flipside TV Presenter
2003 Stupid Punts Panellist 1 episode
2003–2009 Big Brother's Little Brother Guest 29 episodes
2003 Q Awards Presenter
2004 Top Buzzer Booze Delivery Guy 1 episode
2004 Game Stars Presenter
2004 The Simpsons Quiz Show Contestant
2004 The Weakest Link Contestant 1 episode
2005 Monkey Trousers Various characters 1 episode
2005 FAQ U Panellist 2 episodes
2005 8 Out of 10 Cats Panellist 2 episodes
2005 Banned in the UK Guest 4 episodes
2005 Citizen TV Guest 1 episode
2005 How to Start Your Own Country Guest 1 episode
2005–2006 Celebrity Soup Presenter 33 episodes
2006 Morning Glory Newspaper Reviewer 1 episode
2006 Law of the Playground Guest 7 episodes
2006 TV Now and Then Panellist 1 episode
2006 Popcorn Guest 1 episode
2006 The Race Interviewer 7 episodes
2006 Frank Sidebottom's Proper Telly Show Guest 1 episode
2006 Celebrity Mastermind Contestant 1 episode
2007 How Do They Do It? Narrator 20 episodes
2007 The Beckhams Go To Hollywood Presenter
2007 Wills and Harry Go To Vegas Presenter
2007 Tittybangbang Various characters 6 episodes
2008 The Comedy Map Of Britain Guest 1 episode
2008 Ready, Steady, Cook Contestant 1 episode
2008–2009, 2018 The One Show Reporter 10 episodes
2009 Celebrity Juice Panellist 1 episode
2009 Big Brother Guest 1 episode
2009, 2010, 2014 The Alan Titchmarsh Show Guest 3 episodes
2009 The All Star Impressions Show Various Characters
2010 The Persuasionists Billy Hitchens 6 episodes
2010 The Real Hustle Guest 1 episode
2010 Come Dine with Me Contestant 1 episode
2010–2012 This Morning Newspaper Reviewer 42 episodes
2010 100 Greatest Toys Guest
2011, 2012 Let's Sing and Dance Performer/Judge 2 episodes
2011–2013 Sky News: Press Preview Newspaper Reviewer 10 episodes
2011 I'm a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here! NOW! Guest 4 episodes
2011–2017 Sky News: Sunrise Newspaper Reviewer 67 episodes
2012–2014 Big Brother's Bit on the Side Guest 19 episodes
2012 BBC Breakfast Guest 1 episode
2013–2014 BBC Inside Out: London Reporter 5 episodes
2013–2014 Big Brother's Bit on the Psych Presenter 28 episodes
2015–2018 ...Make You Laugh Out Loud Voiceover 32 episodes
2015 Celebrity Big Brother: Heroes and Villains Guest
2015 Iain Lee: My Mixtape Presenter
2015–2017 Sam Delaney's News Thing Panellist 20 episodes
2016 The Saturday Show Guest presenter 2 episodes
2016 Pointless Celebrities Contestant 1 episode
2016 Blink Contestant 1 episode
2017 The Vintage TV Sessions Presenter 1 episode
2017 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Contestant 20 episodes
2017 I'm a Celebrity: Extra Camp Contestant 18 episodes
2017– Lorraine Competition Presenter 7 episodes
2017–2018 Loose Women Competition Presenter 37 episodes
2017– Good Morning Britain Guest Showbiz Reporter 38 episodes
2018 Sunday Brunch Guest 1 episode
2018 Me and My Mental Health Guest
2018 Saturday Morning with James Martin Guest 1 episode
2018 Celebrity Chase Contestant 1 episode
2019 Celebrity Game Night Panellist 1 episode

Radio careerEdit

Lee began his radio career as a presenter on Xfm London from 1999 to 2001.

2005–2007: LBC 97.3Edit

Lee was a presenter on London talk radio station LBC 97.3 from January 2005 to November 2007. Lee filled in for Clive Bull for two weeks in late 2004, until he presented on Friday-Sunday 10 pm to 1 am.

In October 2005, Lee moved from weekends to the drivetime slot from 4 pm to 7 pm. Lee titled the show The 3 Hour 4 'Till 7 Iain Lee Afternoon Wireless Show.. In January 2006, Lee moved again to 3 pm to 6:30 pm, with the show being renamed to The 3 and a Half Hour 3 'Till 6.30 Iain Lee Afternoon Wireless Show.

For just over two years (9 September 2005 to 16 September 2007) Lee hosted "Triple M", a feature where calls go straight to air, live and unscreened. Other talk radio presenters have also hosted similar features, including Nick Abbot, Tommy Boyd and Clive Bull. Initially, Lee would host the feature every Friday evening during the last half-hour of the show. Originally called "Mental Mayhem", it was renamed to "Mick's Mental Mayhem" (after a caller named Mick), then simply "Triple M". The rising popularity of the format, along with a change in show times in May 2006 led to Lee presenting a whole three-hour show on Sunday evenings from 10 pm to 1 am to Triple M, being called "Sunday Night Triple M", from 7 May 2006 to 16 September 2007. At the time, management favoured the unique format as they hoped that it would introduce exclusive listeners to the radio station.

From January 2007 to his resignation in November, Lee presented the evening slot from 7 pm to 10 pm preceding Bull in the newly titled show, "Iain Lee's Good Evening". Lee chose the name after seeking advice from his friend and comedian Mackenzie Crook. The afternoon show was taken over by then weekend breakfast show host Paul Ross.

A change of radio station management (when Global Radio purchased LBC) in mid-2007 led to the demise of the Sunday Night Triple M show altogether, with the last show on 16 September 2007.[7] Lee's style of presenting fell out of favour with the new management, with returning topical and news-led conversation. Without notice, Iain Lee's Good Evening came to an end on 2 November 2007, with the last ten minutes being given to Triple M.

2008–2011: Absolute RadioEdit

Lee was rehired by his old LBC boss David Lloyd[8] at Absolute Radio where he presented The Sunday Night Show from 10:00 pm – 1:00 am, with a mixture of music and phone-ins. From 12 October 2009, Lee's show was broadcast Monday to Thursday from 11:00 pm – 1:00 am, taking over the slot from Ben Jones. In April 2009 he became the first radio DJ in the UK to wrestle a listener (Matt "The Pain" Early).[9] The match was broadcast on Absolute Radio on 17 May 2009. Absolute Radio announced on 17 October 2011 that Lee's contract would be terminated with immediate effect by mutual agreement.[10]

2012: The Iain Lee Pocket Radio ShowEdit

In February 2012, Lee launched 'The Iain Lee Pocket Radio Show' which was a podcast available free through various outlets, that was similar in style to Lee's previous radio shows but utilised the various social media platforms. The bulk of the podcast is made up of a phone-in section, whereby Lee would invite people to call him either by telephone or though Skype at a specific time to discuss one of three topics that Lee would post on Twitter. Listeners were also invited to interact with the show by sending AudioBoos, to be included in the recording.

The podcast also included Lee interviewing guests and celebrity news with the Daily Express's Elisa Roche.

2012–2015: BBC Three Counties Radio and BBC WMEdit

Lee in 2015

Between 2012 and 2015, Lee presented the breakfast radio show on BBC Three Counties Radio, broadcast across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire from Luton and Dunstable. In 2014, Lee was awarded a Radio Academy Award in the 'Breakfast Show of the Year (under 10 million)' category.[11] Commencing December 2013, Lee also presented a Saturday morning show on BBC WM, adding a Friday afternoon show from September 2014 onwards. Lee departed the station in August 2015, citing a "mix up".[12]

Complaints were received about an interview with a lawyer from Christian Concern that was conducted on 3 November 2015 in which he accused her of being 'bigoted' and 'homophobic' after she defended a minister quoting verses from the Bible condemning homosexuality as sinful. On 14 November it was reported Lee had been sacked by BBC Three Counties Radio.[13]

2016–2020: TalkradioEdit

On 8 February 2016 Lee announced his upcoming job at Talkradio. The station launched on 21 March 2016 with Iain hosting The Late Night Alternative with Iain Lee from 10 pm to 1 am, Monday to Friday. He is joined by Katherine Boyle who previously produced the Breakfast Show on BBC 3CR.[1] Lee won the Gold award for Best Speech Presenter – non-Breakfast at the 2017 ARIA Awards.[14]

In May 2017 he created a record for a phone-in British radio show when he took over 150 calls in one three hour show, after he announced anyone could call and would be put through straight to air. The attempt to take a world record 200 calls failed when the phone system broke down due to the amount of callers attempting to get through.[15]

On 19 December 2018, a man called the show after taking an overdose. Lee kept the man on the line and directed the emergency services to his location, with many on social media praising Lee's decisive actions.[16] Lee revealed on 24 December 2018 that the man had survived and was now back home after receiving specialist treatment for two days.[17]

On 2 June 2020, Lee announced that his contract at Talkradio was not renewed, and had departed the station.[18]


Other workEdit

Lee runs 7A Records as a hobby with his friend Glenn Gretlund. The company specialises in releasing rare and obscure recordings by The Monkees.[19] In November 2017, the label released Micky Dolenz's Out of Nowhere, which featured the 30 piece American Metropole Orchestra.[20] Lee also had a cameo role in the British IBM's music video for their self-titled single, which was released in 2012.[21]

Lee formerly wrote a gaming column for MSN.co.uk, as well as recording monthly podcasts.[22] He has also appeared on "XLeague.tv" discussing video games alongside former LBC producer 'Agent Chris'.[23]

Lee has appeared on BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends, and presented the official Big Brother radio show with co-host Gemma Cairney. The programme was called Big Brother's Big Ears and aired twice a week on the Big Brother website. Lee has also been heard as a continuity announcer on the TV channel Dave.[24]

Lee is a big Lost fan, and presented Channel 4 radio's UK Lost podcast, where he summarised each episode of series two after it was broadcast in the UK. After Sky acquired rights to air Lost from seasons 3 onwards, Lee was recruited by Sky for their own podcast, entitled The Lost Initiative. For seasons 5 and 6, The Lost Initiative changed from an audio podcast to a "vidcast", with up to three online video discussions a week.

Lee has performed an experimental work by artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard in Sheffield called "Performer. Audience. Fuck Off"[25] - an interpretation of the seminal piece "Performer/Audience/Mirror" originally presented in 1975 by American artist Dan Graham. Previously, Lee presented a free podcast called "Shindiggery", consisting of music, sound bites and audio recordings.[26]

Lee's favourite music artists include The Who (He introduced them at the Royal Albert Hall for the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts), The Beatles, The Monkees, Barenaked Ladies and the Beach Boys.


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  3. ^ Besanvalle, James (4 July 2019). "Comedian Iain Lee comes out as bisexual". Gay Star News. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  4. ^ Fitzpatrick, Katie (28 November 2017). "I'm A Celebrity stars open up about depression and suicidal thoughts". men.
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  7. ^ Plunkett, John (6 November 2007). "Lee leaves LBC evening slot". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  8. ^ "mediauk.com/radio/news/125/lbc-97.3". Archived from the original on 6 May 2009.
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  17. ^ "Iain Lee says 'dying' Plymouth man who called him is 'back home'". BBC News. 26 December 2018. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  18. ^ "Iain Lee announces departure from talkRADIO after 4 years". RadioToday. 2 June 2020.
  19. ^ Joe Marchese. "I'm A Believer: Micky Dolenz's Rare MGM Singles Arriving On Deluxe Reissue - The Second Disc". The Second Disc.
  20. ^ "I'm a Believer: 7a Brings Micky Dolenz Concert with Orchestra to CD and Vinyl". theseconddisc.com.
  21. ^ the British IBM (17 July 2012). the British IBM - the British IBM (Music video). Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  22. ^ Lee, Iain. "Console Wars: Iain Lee takes sides". MSN Tech and Gadgets UK. Archived from the original on 27 March 2008. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  23. ^ Stuart, Keith (18 March 2008). "Games don't make good TV, says ex-videogame TV show presenter". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  24. ^ Butler, Robert (27 October 2009). Behind the scenes at Dave with Iain Lee (Documentary). Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  25. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 May 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  26. ^ "Iain Lee Presents...Shindiggery". Archived from the original on 20 December 2008.

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