Sean Lock was an English comedian and actor who lived from April 22, 1963, to August 16, 2021. He began his career as a stand-up comedian, winning the British Comedy Award for Best Live Comic in 2000 and being nominated for the Perrier Comedy Award. From 2005 to 2015, he was a team captain on Channel 4's comedic panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats, and from 2012 until 2021, he was a team leader on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.


Lock was born on April 22, 1963, in Chertsey, Surrey. His father, Sidney Lock, worked in the construction sector, and his mother, Mary (née McCreesh), were both architects. Lock was the eldest of four siblings. He attended St John the Baptist School in Woking, Surrey, where he was raised. Lock grew up watching art-house films on BBC Two, and one that had a lasting impact on him was Andrei Tarkovsky's 1979 science-fiction picture Stalker. He graduated from high school in 1981 with an E in English A-Level.

Sidney then got him a job removing concrete plates from structures. After seven years as a laborer, he went on the road and worked at various positions. Lock worked as a goat herder on a French farm and an Israeli kibbutz for six weeks. He also worked as a toilet cleaner and a Department of Health and Social Security office worker during this time. He suffered skin cancer while working as a laborer.

He then chose to pursue acting and enrolled in the Drama Centre London but realized he had made a mistake soon after. He resigned and went back to work as a laborer. Lock became interested in humor after seeing comedians like Alexei Sayle and Paul Merton perform in comedy clubs. He went to London bars to see comedy shows and began playing open-mic appearances as a hobby during this period. Lock's first formal gig was in a tavern in Stoke Newington, London, in 1988. He realized he could make a living as a comic after paying £15 for his 20 minutes.


His best-known show that shows up on channel 4 is 8 out of 10 cats. Lock is a renowned Comedian and an Actor. Stand-up comedy was meant to be his forte, and he kick-started his career with the same. He was honored with the British Comedy Award (2000) as the Best Live Comic and was also put down for the Perrier Comedy Award. He has written comic content for Bill Bailey and Lee Evans. He was chosen as the most eminent Stand-Up Comedian on Channel 4 in 2007 and 2010.

His prominent comedy genres are Blue comedy, Cringe comedy, Black comedy, Surreal humor, Observational comedy. He chooses Current events, Public interactions, and British culture to take up as subjects on comedy. He proudly owns a BBC Radio 4 program, 15 Minutes of Misery, later named 15 Storey's High. Sean holds a show on Channel 4 called TV Heaven, Telly Hell, and he hosts and presents it. He has performed in many comedy Gala shows. He is incredible on Lockipedia Live. He is loved in the UK and also traveled the world for live performances. You can visit his official website to get updated on his tour dates and shows. Sean Lock has achieved a Net worth of over $2.50 million.

His 8 out of 10 Cats was elected twice for a National TV Award (2006-07). He made an appearance in The Big Fat Quiz of the Year. He appeared on popular British shows including - Have I got news for you, They Think it's all over, and QI. He appeared in a program called the Last Leg and came forth in a Spoof video. He made an appearance in a Dope Opera on TV. He was an auxiliary in Newman and Baddie in Pieces. He also presented Argumental, a comedy panel show, and wrote and presented The Great British Sunday. He has won a time-out comedy award.

Private life

Anoushka Nara Giltsoff, Lock's wife, had two daughters, born in 2004 and 2006, and a son, born in 2009.

Lock was diagnosed with skin cancer in 1990 and attributed it to his work as a builder in the early 1980s when he was overexposed to the sun.

He was directed to a dermatologist at Guy's Hospital in London after seeing his doctor and made a full recovery. He supported a Sun Awareness event at the hospital in May 2012.

Lock was a Chelsea F.C. supporter and a volunteer at the Muswell Hill soup kitchen.

Lock released a video in December 2020 to generate donations for Edible London. This charity planned to supply ingredients for a million meals to support those experiencing difficulties due to lockdown. In the video, he joked, "Sean Lock here. You might recognize me as that guy on TV whose name you can't recall."


Lock died of cancer at home on August 16, 2021, at the age of 58. The cause of death, according to Lock's buddy Bailey, was lung cancer.

Jimmy Carr, Jon Richardson, Rachel Riley, and Susie Dent were among those who paid tribute, as were many comedians, including Omid Djalili, Ricky Gervais, Lee Mack, Eddie Izzard, Alan Davies, David Mitchell, Rob Brydon, Dara Briain, Vic Reeves, Jo Brand, and Jonathan Ross; former QI host Stephen Fry; and Chelsea F.C. and QI. In The Guardian, Harry Hill referred to him as "the comic's comedian." On August 19, 2021, Channel 4 aired an homage to Lock, which included an episode of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and his stand-up show Keep It Light. Fans of Lock asked for the publication of his book The Tiger Who Came for a Pint, a spoof book based on the children's book The Tiger Who Came to Tea that was read on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, with others asking that the earnings go to cancer research in his honor. Fans also demanded that the BBC repeat his sitcom 15 Storeys High or make it available on the BBC iPlayer.

Last Modified: Aug 23, 2021

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