Muswell Hill comic Sean Lock dies at 58

Muswell Hill's Sean Lock, Naomie Harris and Lee Mack

Comic Sean Lock, who has died at 58, pictured at an event publicising the NextMeal website - Credit: Archant

Muswell Hill comedian Sean Lock has died aged 58. 

The comic and panel show star – who was a big supporter of the Muswell Hill Soup Kitchen – died at home surrounded by his family, according to a statement from the Off The Kerb production company.

He had been ill with cancer, and friend and fellow comic Lee Mack said this "was coming for some time". 

A father-of-three, he was a British Comedy Awards winner and famed for his stints as a panellist on show 8 out of 10 Cats. 

He also wrote and starred in the popular BBC sitcom 15 Storeys High.

The statement from Off The Kerb - his agents - said: “It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Sean Lock.

“He died at home from cancer, surrounded by his family. Sean was one of Britain’s finest comedians, his boundless creativity, lightning wit and the absurdist brilliance of his work, marked him out as a unique voice in British comedy.

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“Sean was also a cherished husband and father to three children. Sean will be sorely missed by all that knew him.

“We kindly request that the privacy of his family and children is respected at this difficult time.”

Lee Mack, a close friend, added: “I’ve known this day was coming for some time, but it’s no less heart-breaking. A true original both in comedy and life. I will miss him so much.”

Locally, he was a big supporter of the Muswell Hill Soup Kitchen and then the site - Martin Stone, who runs the soup kitchen and founded the site. 

In early 2020, he told the Ham&High why he was so keen to back those initiatives, saying: "Purely because the guy who organises it, runs it, created it, lives on my street. I got chatting to him and he said he ran the soup kitchen in Muswell Hill and I said: 'Yeah, yeah, I'll come down there sometime.'

Sean Lock has died from cancer at the age of 58

Sean Lock has died from cancer at the age of 58 - Credit: PA

"Eventually I did and I think while he was looking at my washing up he commented that 'there are other ways you can help us'."

Sean was born in Woking, Surrey, and after he left school in the early 1980s, he began working on building sites. However, he developed skin cancer, which he blamed on over-exposure to the sun. He made a full recovery and focused on a career in comedy.

One of his first professional TV appearances was in 1993, starring alongside Rob Newman and David Baddiel on their signature TV show Newman And Baddiel In Pieces.

Sean Lock was a British Comedy Award winner and a big supporter of the Muswell Hill Soup Kitchen

Sean Lock was a British Comedy Award winner and a big supporter of the Muswell Hill Soup Kitchen - Credit: PA

He script-edited the 1998 BBC Two series Is It Bill Bailey? and had his own show on BBC Radio 4 called 15 Minutes Of Misery, which was later expanded into TV series 15 Storeys High.

In 2005 Lock became a regular team captain on 8 Out Of 10 Cats, a role he held for 18 series.

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