Date of Birth : Nov 3rd 1971
Moran fell into comedy at age 20 after watching Ardal O’Hanlon and other comedians perform at Dublin’s Comedy Cellar, a small fifty-seater comedy club with no microphone in the upstairs of The International Bar on South Wicklow Street. He began his stand up here in 1992 and, although nervous, got a good reception.
Moran’s talent was acknowledged in 1993 when he won the So You Think You’re Funny award at the Edinburgh Festival. He went on to become the youngest person to win the Perrier Comedy Award in 1996 at the Edinburgh Festival at age 24. Gurgling For Money was Moran’s first major one man stand up UK tour in 1997. He went on to perform at many other festivals including the Hay Festival, Montreal comedy festival, Vancouver Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Festival. Between 1995 and 1996 Moran wrote a weekly column for The Irish Times.
In 1998 Moran won his first major television role playing Ian Lyons in the BBC 2 sitcom How Do You Want Me?, with Charlotte Coleman. He went on to appear in a small role in the 1999 movie Notting Hill as Rufus the thief.
In 2000, Black Books was first aired on Channel 4. The sitcom about a miserable, unsociable, drunken book shop owner, Bernard Black, was the original idea of Moran and brought into existence with the aid of co-writer and fellow Irishman Graham Linehan. The second series was televised in 2002, and the third, which aired in 2004, was greeted with great enthusiasm by critics and fans alike. In the same year, Moran appeared in his first major film role, playing David in the comedy Shaun of the Dead, a snide adversary vying for the affections of Shaun’s girlfriend.