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Name: Angus Deayton

Image: Know it all.

Best known for: Have I Got News For You.

Early life: Born Gordon Angus Deayton on January 6, 1956, the youngest son of an insurance firm manager and a cookery teacher.

He was raised in Caterham. Excelled at football at school and had a trial for Crystal Palace at age 12.

He studied French and German at New College, Oxford. A showbusiness career didn't seem to be on the cards until writer Richard Curtis asked him to replace somebody who had dropped out of an Edinburgh Festival revue.

Career: Success in Australia with spoof band the Hebegeebees prompted him to concentrate on comedy.

He sold a sketch to The Dick Emery Show in 1978 and made his TV debut in an episode of Blackadder.

Other small roles followed before his radio show Radio Active transferred to the small screen as KYTV in 1988.

He became a household name two years later thanks to sitcom One Foot in the Grave and comedy current affairs quiz Have I Got News For You. He left the latter in 2002.

He has also appeared in the film Elizabeth, and TV shows Mr Bean and Nighty Night.

Love life: Split from singer Stephanie de Sykes in 1993 following a nine- year relationship.

Deayton has spent the past 10 years with writer Lise Mayer. The couple have a young son.

Don't mention: His controversial, much-publicised departure from Have I Got News For You.

Quote: "When one door closes, another one falls on top of you."

Catch him on Monday in Nighty Night on BBC2.


COMEDY ROLE: Angus Deayton appears in BBC2's new series Nighty Night on Mondays
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Mar 13, 2004
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