Karl Pilkington
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Karl Pilkington is one of Britain’s well-known funny man. In an illustrious career spanning three decades, the comedian/media personality has featured in many popular comedy shows including An Idiot Abroad, The Moaning of Life, and Sick of It. Pilkington is also one of the star attractions on the popular Ricky Gervais Show. His odd/idiotic personality on the radio show-turned-podcast has made him a household name not only in Britain but also the world over.

Karl Pilkington Bio (Age)

Karl Pilkington was born on the 23rd of September 1972 in Manchester, England. He grew up on the council estate and attended Ashton-on-Mersey School. The young Pilkington was not overly interested in his studies and thus quit school at the age of 15. On dropping out, the media personality trained as a printer and spent long shifts pressing CDs. During this period, his dad took ill and was admitted at the Wythenshawe Hospital in 1989. Pilkington, of course, had to visit his dad regularly and during one of such visits, he was inspired to sign up as the hospital’s radio newsreader. Pilkington spent much of his shifts telling funny stories, rather than reading actual news, but this still served as a valuable learning experience.


On leaving the hospital radio gig, Karl Pilkington found work at Piccadilly Radio, Manchester. He worked the graveyard shift (2 am to 6 am) and spent much of the time quizzing callers rather than playing music. This infuriated the powers that be and he was soon sacked.

On getting the boot, Pilkington moved to London where he was hired by XFM Radio. In the course of his work at XFM, he was assigned to produce the comedy show, The Ricky Gervais Show. His influence on the show was initially limited to an off-air role but the two presenters, Gervais and Merchant, often worked him into the conversation. His odd and hilarious replies soon became so popular that he was officially promoted to become the third member of the show. Pilkington’s quotes eventually became legendary and he became a cult hero. The Ricky Gervais Show was later turned into a podcast and Pilkington continued his exploits there. The podcast is now one of the most popular podcasts in the world and has been downloaded over 300 million times since inception.

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Wife and Girlfriend

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Karl Pilkington has never been married but he is however in a long-term relationship with fellow journalist, Suzanne Whiston. Whiston is a sports journalist and works for the BBC. She has covered prestigious events such as the World Cup and F.A. Cup. She is also the producer of the popular BBC football program, Match of the Day.

Pilkington first met his partner when they were both colleagues at a radio station in the 90s. They started dating in 1994 and have been together since then. The couple is yet to get married or have any kids, and this is majorly down to the comic who does not believe in having kids or marriage. Despite this, the couple is living life to the fullest. They co-own a production company known as Alrite Productions. The company has produced an animated movie and also has a popular YouTube channel.


Pilkington hails from a family of four. His father’s name is Alan while his mother’s name is Dorothy. He also has an elder brother named Mark. The comic often references his brother during his quips. He has disclosed that his brother destroyed his Christmas gift, a new train set, when they were kids. He has also revealed that his brother often brought women to the house, when their parents were not around, and would bribe him to keep quiet.

Karl Pilkington’s Net Worth

Karl Pilkington has a net worth estimated at $3.5 million. His fortune comes from his career earnings over the years. Asides his work on The Ricky Gervais Show, the comic has headlined his own shows including An Idiot Abroad and The Moaning of Life. An Idiot Abroad is a Sky 1 documentary series which follows Pilkington as he travels the world, ostensibly on a journey of self-discovery. The Moaning of Life is also a Sky 1 series about a middle-aged man who embarks on a journey to explore other cultures and their solutions to life’s big issues. The show began in October 2013 and has seen Pilkington visit countries such as Japan, The Philippines, U.S., Mexico, Ghana, and India. Asides his work on TV, Karl Pilkington has written several bestselling books, usually as an accompaniment to his shows.

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Karl Pilkington is 6 feet 1 inch tall (1.85m) and his weight is given as 82 kg or 180 lbs. His hair color is dark brown while his eye color is gray. Pilkington has a famously round head with a receding hairline. The shape of his head has formed the butt of many jokes on the Ricky Gervais Show. His head was once likened to an orange.

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