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Jimmy Carr

Jimmy Carr is a popular British-Irish comedian, television presenter, writer, and actor. In addition, Jimmy Carr is best known for his deadpan delivery of controversial one-liners. He is considered one of the highest-earning comedians in the nation.

Early Life

Jimmy Carr was born on the 15th of September 1972, in London, England. He holds British nationality while he belongs to the Caucasian ethnicity. Additionally, he has a birth sign of Virgo and is currently 51 years old as of 2024. His birth name is James Anthony Patrick Carr and has his belief in Christianity by religion.

He was born to his father Patrick James “Jim” Carr and his mother Nora Mary. Professionally, his father was an accountant who later became the treasurer for the computer company Unisys. His mother died due to pancreatitis at the age of 57 years old. He and his brothers Colin and Patrick were raised in the village of Farnham Common.

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Caption: Jimmy Carr with his father (Source: Press Gazette)

Jimmy Carr – Education

Jimmy attended Burnham Grammar School. Later, he completed the sixth form at the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England. Moreover, he studied social science and political science at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, after earning four A grades in the GCE Advanced Level exams. He graduated with a first division in 1994. His parents divorced the same year.

Professional Career

Jimmy began doing stand-up comedy after leaving Shell plc, a London-based oil company, in 2001. After quickly gaining fame, he was allowed to host the British game shows “Your Face or Mine?” (2002-2003) and “Distraction” (2003-2004). He hosted a version of Distraction for Comedy Central in the United States from 2004 to 2006.

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Caption: Jimmy Carr performing his stand-up comedy in front of the audience (Source: JOE)

Additionally, Jimmy hosted “It’s Been a Terrible Year,” a comedy review of 2004 on BBC Radio 2 in January 2005. In addition, he has hosted the comedy panel show “8 Out of 10 Cats” since 2005. Moreover, he has also hosted the “8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown” since 2012. Moreover, he hosted the first British version of a comedy roast show, Channel 4’s “A Comedy Roast,” in April 2010. He appeared on two episodes of ITV’s “Sunday Night” at the Palladium in 2014 and 2015.

Moreover, he hosted the Comedy Central series “Roast Battle” from 2018 to 2020. He has been hosting the Channel 4 game show “I Just Told You” since December 2021. Carr and Lucy Greeves’ book “The Naked Jape: Uncovering the Hidden World of Jokes,” on the history and theory of joke-telling, was published by Penguin in 2006. Quercus published Before & Laughter, a memoir and self-help book, in December 2021.

Awards

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Caption: Jimmy Carr wins the Funniest Man of the Year Award at the third annual Loaded Laftas Comedy Award (Source: Shutterstock)

During his career, this actor has won several awards and recognitions. Time Out Award: Best Stand Up (2002), Royal Television Society Award: Best On-Screen Newcomer (2003), LAFTA Award: Best Stand Up (2004), LAFTA Award: Funniest Man (2005), British Comedy Award: Best Live Stand Up (2006), LAFTA Award: Funniest Man (2007), LAFTA Award: Best Stand Up (2008), and LAFTA Award: Loaded Legend (2011) are some of awards which he has earned through his career. 

Net Worth 2024

Jimmy has earned a huge sum of fortune through his stand-up comedy career and acting career.

Meanwhile, his net worth is around $35 million as of 2022 while he earned around $2 million to $3 million annually as a stand-up comedian including his continuous stand-up tours across the UK and America. Besides as a stand-up comedian, he also earned from hosting Television shows.

Relationship Status

Jimmy has been dating his long-time girlfriend, Karoline Copping, since 2001. The couple first met during auditions at a television interview. Karoline Copping, his Canadian-born girlfriend, works as a commissioning editor for Channel 5. Despite not being married, the couple already has a son, who was born in 2019.

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Caption: Jimmy Carr with his girlfriend, Karoline Copping (Source: The Sun)

Jimmy and Karoline, both from north London, prefer to keep their long-term relationship private. Although the couple resides in private life, they have been photographed together at events and on red carpets, looking as in love as ever. They were even seen at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding in 2018.

Controversy

He has been a part of a couple of controversies. In 2012, it was revealed that Jimmy had used a legal tax avoidance scheme to minimize his tax payments. The scheme involved channeling his earnings through a company in Jersey, a tax haven. The revelation sparked public outrage, and Jimmy faced significant criticism from both the media and the public for his actions. He later apologized for his involvement in the scheme and discontinued using it.

In addition, he is known for his controversial and provocative humor, often pushing boundaries with his jokes. He has faced criticism from various individuals and groups for jokes that were deemed offensive, insensitive, or inappropriate.

In 2018, he faced backlash for making a joke about children with Down syndrome during a stand-up routine. The joke sparked criticism from disability rights groups and individuals who found it offensive and disrespectful. He later apologized for the joke, acknowledging that it was in poor taste, and crossed a line.

Body Measurements

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Caption: Jimmy Carr attending an award show (Source: Pinterest)

Jimmy stands 5 feet 10 inches tall (180 cm) and weighs around 69 kg (152 lbs). In addition, he has light brown eyes with black hair color and he wears a shoe size of 10 US.

Jimmy Carr – Social Media

On his Instagram page ‘@jimmycarr’ there are over 640k followers. Likewise, there are over 6.6 million followers on his Twitter page ‘@jimmycarr’ and over 2.3 million followers on his Facebook page. Similarly, he has a self-titled YouTube channel, and there are over 810k subscribers on his YouTube channel.