Tim McGarry

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Tim McGarry
Born (1964-06-23) 23 June 1964 (age 59)
Occupation(s)Comedian, actor

Tim McGarry is a comedian and actor from North Belfast in Northern Ireland. He was educated at St Malachy's College, Belfast.

He is a member of the comedy group Hole In The Wall Gang, and played "Da", a fictional Sinn Féin spokesman (later MLA), in the comedy series Give My Head Peace .

He has also hosted several radio programmes on BBC Radio Ulster, including weekly comedy quiz The Blame Game . For a number of years he provided a monologue played over the ending credits of the weekly politics show, Hearts and Minds, in the guise of a Belfast 'black taxi' driver.

McGarry is a humanist and in 2016 was appointed a patron of Humanists UK and Northern Ireland Humanists, its branch working for a secular state and the promotion of humanism in Northern Ireland. [1]

He is a fan of Cliftonville F.C.

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  1. "Northern Ireland Humanists names Tim McGarry as first patron". British Humanist Association. 2 December 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2017.