Romesh Ranganathan

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Romesh Ranganathan
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Ranganathan in 2013
Jonathan Romesh Ranganathan [1]

(1978-03-23) 23 March 1978 (age 43) [2]
Crawley, West Sussex, England
Spouse(s)Leesa Ranganathan [3]
Children3 [4]
Parent(s)Shanthi Ranganathan
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Jonathan Romesh Ranganathan [1] (born 23 March 1978) [2] is a British stand-up comedian, presenter and actor. He was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2013 Edinburgh Comedy Awards. [5] A BAFTA best feature was awarded for The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan . [6] He has also made numerous appearances on television comedy panel shows, and in 2016 he co-presented It's Not Rocket Science on ITV, alongside Rachel Riley and Ben Miller. [7] He is known for his deadpan and often self-deprecating comedy. [8]


Formerly, he was a regular panellist on The Apprentice: You're Fired! , Play to the Whistle , and The Museum of Curiosity . In 2016, he completed his first major tour, Irrational Live, in which he performed in large venues such as the Hammersmith Apollo. Ranganathan also joined A League of Their Own as a regular panellist in 2018, replacing Jack Whitehall. He has presented comedy programmes Judge Romesh and The Ranganation . His autobiography is entitled Straight Outta Crawley.


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Ranganathan performing at the British Summer Time festival in 2015

Ranganathan started performing as a comedian whilst working as a mathematics teacher. [9] He started presenting Newsjack on Radio 4 Extra in March 2014. [10] He appeared on The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice in 2014, during which he presented his homemade vegan chocolate brownies.

Ranganathan has been a guest on several episodes of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown . [11] He also has appeared on Would I Lie to You? , Holby City , Soccer AM , Russell Howard's Good News , Sweat the Small Stuff , The Last Leg , Virtually Famous , Have I Got News for You , QI , and Mock the Week . He was a contestant on the first series of Taskmaster and also appeared in the third episode of Jon Richardson Grows Up . He also performed at The Royal Variety Performance in 2015. In 2015, he presented a series for BBC Three, Asian Provocateur , in which he travelled to Sri Lanka to explore his ancestral country. [12] In October 2016, the second travel series was aired in which Ranganathan and his mother travel to North America to meet more of his relatives.

Ranganathan also joined The Apprentice: You're Fired! in 2015 as a regular panellist. The show is a spin-off from The Apprentice . In December 2015, he appeared in Josh Widdicombe's sitcom, Josh . In 2016, he co-presented It's Not Rocket Science , a new entertainment series for ITV, alongside Ben Miller and Rachel Riley. In 2017, he became the eleventh co-presenter to John Lloyd on the BBC Radio series, The Museum of Curiosity .

In 2018, Ranganathan joined Season 13 of A League of Their Own ; [13] starred in his own 10-episode docu-comedy called Just Another Immigrant that premiered on Showtime June 8, [14] and presented Judge Romesh , an unscripted television show in which he decides the outcome of court cases between a claimant and a defendant. He also starred in his own series The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan where he travelled to rarely visited locations around the globe, with subsequent series aired in 2019 and 2020.

Ranganathan's autobiography, Straight Outta Crawley, was published in 2018. [15]

Personal life

Ranganathan was born in Crawley, West Sussex, to Sri Lankan Tamil parents. [16] He has a younger brother, Dinesh, and was raised in the Hindu faith. He suffers from a right-sided ptosis, which caused lazy eye as a child. [17]

Ranganathan studied mathematics at Birkbeck College, University of London. [18] He taught mathematics at Hazelwick School in Crawley, and The Beacon School, Banstead, Surrey, [9] and was a freestyle rapper under the rap name "Ranga", once reaching the finals of the UK freestyle competition. [19] Ranganathan became a professional comedian in 2012.

Ranganathan is vegan, having been vegetarian up until 2013. [20] [21] [22] He is a supporter of Arsenal FC. [23]

His first name, stated on Ranganathan’s birth certificate, is Jonathan. Romesh is his middle name. He did not find this out until he started school. During his live show, Irrational, Ranganathan recalled that his parents explained to him that this was because they were concerned his name would otherwise sound too ‘ethnic’ when applying for jobs as an adult. [24]

He is married, has three sons, [25] and lives in Crawley. [26] He and his wife Leesa first met when they were both working at Hazelwick School, where she was a drama teacher. [27]

He stated that he got obsessed with getting tattooed and subsequently has tattoos with the names of his sons, Richard Pryor, Nas, the Roots and the TransformersAutobot logo on his body. [28]



2021 Cinderella FootmanPost production


2013Holby City BBC One Darren Harrison1 episode (Never let me go)
2014 Damned Sky One NitinPilot (recast in Channel 4 reboot)
2015 The Apprentice: You're Fired! BBC Two Regular panelist1 series
Taskmaster Dave Contestant1 series
Josh BBC Three Guest roleSeries 1, episode 5
House of Fools BBC Two Butcher Brother 2Series 2, episode 4
Yonderland Sky One PriestSeries 2, episode 5
2015–16 Asian Provocateur BBC Three Presenter2 series
2015–17 Play to the Whistle ITV Regular panelist3 series
2016 It's Not Rocket Science ITV Co-presenter1 series
2017 Comic Relief BBC One / BBC Two Co-presenter
Anthony Joshua vs Rob & Romesh [29] Sky One Co-presenter with Rob Beckett One-off special
Romesh: Talking to Comedians [30] BBC Three Presenter1 series
Comedy Playhouse: Mister Winner [31] BBC One AjayOne-off comedy
2018 Just Another Immigrant Showtime Docuseries
The Reluctant Landlord Sky One Romesh2 series
The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan [32] BBC Two Presenter2 series
Judge Romesh [33] Dave Presenter2 series
A League of Their Own Sky One Team captainSeries 13
Romesh's Look Back to the Future [34] Sky One HostOne-off comedy panel show
2019Rob & Romesh Vs... [35] Sky One Co-presenter with Rob Beckett 3 series
Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast [36] Channel Four Guest1 episode; 4 January 2019
The Ranganation [37] BBC Two Presenter2 series
2020 Have I Got News for You [38] BBC One Guest host11 December 2020
Sunday Brunch [39] Channel Four Guest13 December 2020
A League of Their Own: Christmas Party 2020 [40] Sky One Himself19 December 2020
One Night In…Hamleys [41] Channel Four Himself24 December 2020
King Gary [42] BBC One Stuart WilliamsSeries 1 & Christmas Special
2021 Staged [43] BBC One Himself
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway ITVStar Guest AnnouncerSeries 17 Episode 5
A League of Their Own Roadtrip: Loch Ness to London Sky One Himself8 April 2021 [44]
Have I Got News for You BBC Two Host17 May 2021 [45]


2016 Irrational Stand-upDebut DVD
2019–21The Cynics Mixtape [46] Stand-upUpcoming tour


2015–presentHip Hop Saved My LifeHost71 episodes, guests include Scroobius Pip and Example
2020–presentWolf and OwlHost19 episodes, alongside Tom Davis

Music videos

2018SIT DOWN GARY!!!GuruExampleBangers & Ballads


2018Straight Outta Crawley: Memoirs of a Distinctly Average Human [15] Bantam Press 978-0593078259272Ranganathan's first autobiography

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