Dara O Briain is one of the UK and Ireland’s favourite stand-up comedians and television presenters. Best known for hosting Mock The Week, Robot Wars, Three Men In A Boat, Dara And Ed’s Big Adventure, Stargazing Live, Dara O Briains Science Club, and the documentary Dara O Briain Meets Sir Stephen Hawking all on BBC while he also hosted Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit and School Of Hard Sums on UKTV.
He started his career in television as a children’s presenter on RTÉ whilst performing his first stand-up gigs on the Irish comedy circuit, after studying at University College, Dublin, where he studied Mathematical Physics. Dara came to prominence in Ireland as host of topical panel show Don’t Feed The Gondolas (1998-2000). He had to leave the show midway through its fifth season in order to perform at the Adelaide and Melbourne comedy festivals.
Dara later co-founded the television production company Happy Endings Productions, whose most famous show in Ireland is The Panel (2003-2005). The show became one of the most talked about shows in Ireland and was twice nominated for the Best Entertainment Show IFTA (Irish Film and Television Award). His big break in UK television came in 2003 when he became host of BBC2′s Live Floor Show. This led to an appearance as a guest and, ultimately, four appearances as guest host of the popular news quiz, Have I Got News For You. By this time, he had moved to the UK and was working on the British circuit full-time.
Dara’s hosted 16 successful series of the comedy panel game Mock the Week for BBC television and recently hosted BBC 2’s reboot of Robot Wars, he also hosted BBC Two′s The Apprentice: You’re Fired for three years.
Other notable television work sees Dara as an integral member of the Three Men In A Boat, alongside Griff Rhys Jones and Rory McGrath. In 2007 Dara also fronted the BBC comedy interview programme Turn Back Time and since 2011, Dara co-hosted BBC One′s astronomical show Stargazing Live alongside Professor Brian Cox.
Dara is also one of the most sought after award show hosts in Britain and regularly hosts BAFTA Video Game Awards.
Dara tours regularly and has performed shows all over world from Moscow to Sydney, Bergen to Stavanger and has recorded 5 live DVD’s for Universal Pictures, Dara also holds the record for the most appearances in a year for Dublin’s legendary 1200 capacity Vicar Street.
Dara released the bestselling book, Tickling The English in 2009 and more recently his first children’s book about space entitled Beyond The Sky in 2017 He has a follow up scheduled for release in 2018 with a working title of Everything Is Extraordinary.