Iain Lee (born Iain Lee Rougvie; 9 June 1973) is an English comedian and broadcaster. His career began when he performed stand-up comedy gigs across venues in London. He subsequently became co-presenter of the comedy current affairs show The 11 O'Clock Show on Channel 4 and RI:SE. After three years at London talk radio station LBC 97.3, Lee resigned and, after two years presenting a Sunday night slot, hosted Iain Lee's 2 Hour Long Late Night Radio Show on Absolute Radio until leaving the company on 17 October 2011.
On 8 February 2016 it was announced that Lee will be part of the launch team on talkRADIO, presenting a weeknight (Monday - Friday) show, "The Late Night Alternative" from 10 pm to 1 am. The station, and Lee's show, started on Monday 21 March 2016..
|Birth name||Iain Lee Rougvie|
|Born|| 9 June 1973
Slough, Buckinghamshire, England
|Alma mater||Middlesex University|
|Show||The Late Night Alternative|
|Time slot||10 pm to 1 am Monday-Friday|
Lee was the lead presenter on satirical comedy show The 11 O'Clock Show on Channel 4, alongside Mackenzie Crook and Daisy Donovan. The show also featured comedians Ali G and Ricky Gervais. He then went on to present the early morning show on Channel 4, RI:SE, with Kate Lawler from Big Brother 2002. Lee has also presented Channel 4's Thumb Bandits, appeared on Sky News, The Wright Stuff and ITV's This Morning, and hosted the Big Brother companion series Bit on the Psych for Channel 5.
In November 2017, Lee took part in the seventeenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!. Lee entered the show on Day 5. During the show, Lee was elected Prime Minister of 10 Downing Creek. Lee made it to the finale and finished in third place. He spoke openly about mental health whilst participating in the show.
|1998–2000||The 11 O'Clock Show||Presenter||35 episodes|
|1999||Comedy Café||Guest||2 episodes|
|2001||I Love the '80s||Guest||3 episodes|
|2001||Liquid News||Presenter||20 episodes|
|2001–2002||Thumb Bandits||Presenter||13 episodes|
|2002, 2008, 2018||The Wright Stuff||Guest||3 episodes|
|2003–2009||Big Brother's Little Brother||Presenter||20 episodes|
|2004||Top Buzzer||Booze Delivery Guy||1 episode|
|2004||Game Stars||Presenter||1 episode|
|2004||The Weakest Link||Contestant||1 episode - Winner|
|2005–2006||Celebrity Soup||Presenter||22 episodes|
|2005||8 Out of 10 Cats||Guest||2 episodes|
|2005||Banned in the UK||Guest||4 episodes|
|2005||Citizen TV||Guest||1 episode|
|2005||How to Start Your Own Country||Guest||1 episode|
|2005||Monkey Trousers||Various characters||1 episode|
|2006||Celebrity Mastermind||Contestant||1 episode - Winner|
|2006||Law of the Playground||Guest||7 episodes|
|2006||The Race||Interviewer||7 episodes|
|2007||The Beckhams Go To Hollywood||Presenter||1 episode|
|2007||Wills and Harry Go To Vegas||Presenter||1 episode|
|2007||Tittybangbang||Various characters||6 episodes|
|2008–2009, 2018||The One Show||Reporter||6 episodes|
|2010||Come Dine with Me||Contestant||1 episode|
|2010||The Persuasionists||Billy Hitchens||6 episodes|
|2011–2012||Sky News at Ten||Newspaper Reviewer||7 episodes|
|2011||I'm a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here! NOW!||Guest||4 episodes|
|2011–2017||Sky News:Sunrise||Newspaper Reviewer||65 episodes|
|2012–2014||Big Brother's Bit on the Side||Presenter||18 episodes|
|2013–2014||Big Brother's Bit on the Psych||Presenter||28 episodes|
|2015–||...Make You Laugh Out Loud||Voiceover||32 episodes|
|2015–2017||Sam Delaney's News Thing||Guest||20 episodes|
|2015-2016||The Saturday Show||Guest presenter||3 episodes|
|2017||I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!||Contestant||22 episodes - Third place|
|2017–2018||Sunday Brunch||Guest||2 episodes|
|2017–||Loose Women||Competition Presenter||10 episodes|
|2018–||Good Morning Britain||Showbiz reporter||14 episodes|
Lee began his radio career as a presenter on Xfm London from 1999 to 2001.
Lee was a presenter on London talk radio station LBC 97.3 from January 2005 to November 2007. Lee filled in for Clive Bull for two weeks in late 2004, until he presented on Friday-Sunday 10 pm to 1 am.
In October 2005, Lee moved from weekends to the drivetime slot from 4 pm to 7 pm. Lee titled the show The 3 Hour 4 'Till 7 Iain Lee Afternoon Wireless Show.. In January 2006, Lee moved again to 3 pm to 6:30 pm, with the show being renamed to The 3 and a Half Hour 3 'Till 6.30 Iain Lee Afternoon Wireless Show.
For just over two years (9 September 2005 to 16 September 2007) Lee hosted "Triple M", a feature where calls go straight to air, live and unscreened. Other talk radio presenters have also hosted similar features, including Nick Abbot, Tommy Boyd and Clive Bull. Initially, Lee would host the feature every Friday evening during the last half-hour of the show. Originally called "Mental Mayhem", it was renamed to "Mick's Mental Mayhem" (after a caller named Mick), then simply "Triple M". The rising popularity of the format, along with a change in show times in May 2006 led to Lee presenting a whole three-hour show on Sunday evenings from 10 pm to 1 am to Triple M, being called "Sunday Night Triple M", from 7 May 2006 to 16 September 2007. At the time, management favoured the unique format as they hoped that it would introduce exclusive listeners to the radio station.
From January 2007 to his resignation in November, Lee presented the evening slot from 7 pm to 10 pm preceding Bull in the newly titled show, "Iain Lee's Good Evening". Lee chose the name after seeking advice from his friend and comedian Mackenzie Crook. The afternoon show was taken over by then weekend breakfast show host Paul Ross.
A change of radio station management (when Global Radio purchased LBC) in mid-2007 led to the demise of the Sunday Night Triple M show altogether, with the last show on 16 September 2007. Lee's style of presenting fell out of favour with the new management, with returning topical and news-led conversation. Without notice, Iain Lee's Good Evening came to an end on 2 November 2007, with the last ten minutes being given to Triple M.
Lee was rehired by his old LBC boss David Lloyd at Absolute Radio where he presented The Sunday Night Show from 10:00 pm – 1:00 am, with a mixture of music and phone-ins. From 12 October 2009, Lee's show was broadcast Monday to Thursday from 11:00 pm – 1:00 am, taking over the slot from Ben Jones. In April 2009 he became the first radio DJ in the UK to wrestle a listener (Matt "The Pain" Early). The match was broadcast on Absolute Radio on 17th May 2009. Absolute Radio announced on 17 October 2011 that Lee's contract would be terminated with immediate effect by mutual agreement.
In February 2012, Lee launched 'The Iain Lee Pocket Radio Show' which was a podcast available free through various outlets, that was similar in style to Lee's previous radio shows but utilised the various social media platforms. The bulk of the podcast is made up of a phone-in section, whereby Lee would invite people to call him either by telephone or though Skype at a specific time to discuss one of three topics that Lee would post on Twitter. Listeners were also invited to interact with the show by sending AudioBoos, to be included in the recording.
The podcast also included Lee interviewing guests and celebrity news with the Daily Express's Elisa Roche.
Between 2012 and 2015, Lee presented the breakfast radio show on BBC Three Counties Radio, broadcast across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire from Dunstable. In 2014, Lee was awarded a Radio Academy Award in the 'Breakfast Show of the Year (under 10 million)' category. Commencing December 2013, Lee also presented a Saturday morning show on BBC WM, adding a Friday afternoon show from September 2014 onwards. Lee departed the station in August 2015, citing a "mix up".
Complaints were received about an interview with a lawyer from Christian Concern that was conducted on 3 November 2015 in which he accused her of being 'bigoted' and 'homophobic' after she defended a minister quoting verses from the Bible condoning homosexuality as sinful. On 14 November it was reported Lee had been sacked by BBC Three Counties Radio.
|The Late Night Alternative with Iain Lee|
|Other names||Late Nights with Iain Lee|
|Running time||180 minutes|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Hosted by||Iain Lee|
|Produced by||Katherine Boyle|
|Original release||21 March 2016 – present|
|Website||The Late Night Alternative with Iain Lee|
On 8 February 2016 Lee announced his upcoming job at talkRADIO. The station launched on 21 March 2016 with Iain hosting The Late Night Alternative with Iain Lee from 10 pm to 1 am, Monday to Friday. He is joined by Katherine Boyle who previously produced the Breakfast Show on BBC 3CR. Lee won the Gold award for Best Speech Presenter – non-Breakfast at the 2017 ARIA Awards.
Lee runs 7A Records as a hobby with his friend Glenn Gretlund. The company specialises in releasing rare and obscure recordings by The Monkees. In November 2017, the label released Micky Dolenz's Out of Nowhere, which featured the 30 piece American Metropole Orchestra. Lee also had a cameo role in the British IBM's music video for their self-titled single, which was released in 2012.
Lee formerly wrote a gaming column for MSN.co.uk, as well as recording monthly podcasts. He has also appeared on "XLeague.tv" discussing video games alongside former LBC producer 'Agent Chris'.
Lee has appeared on BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends, and presented the official Big Brother radio show with co-host Gemma Cairney. The programme was called Big Brother's Big Ears and aired twice a week on the Big Brother website. Lee has also been heard as a continuity announcer on the TV channel Dave.
Lee is a big Lost fan, and presented Channel 4 radio's UK Lost podcast, where he summarised each episode of series two after it was broadcast in the UK. After Sky acquired rights to air Lost from seasons 3 onwards, Lee was recruited by Sky for their own podcast, entitled The Lost Initiative. For seasons 5 and 6, The Lost Initiative changed from an audio podcast to a "vidcast", with up to three online video discussions a week.
Lee has performed an experimental work by artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard in Sheffield called "Performer. Audience. Fuck Off" - an interpretation of the seminal piece "Performer/Audience/Mirror" originally presented in 1975 by American artist Dan Graham. Previously, Lee presented a free podcast called "Shindiggery", consisting of music, sound bites and audio recordings.