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Dara O'Briain's Biography

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Early life and qualifications

Dara O'Briain was born on 4 February 1972 in County Wicklow, Ireland.

He grew up in Dublin, the son of a trade union arbitrator.

Dara O'Briain, who was obsessed with numbers, studied maths and theoretical physics at University College, Dublin.

He then wrote a weekly column, entitled Get A Life: 700 words of whimsical nonsense, for the Irish newspaper The Sunday World.

Dara O'Briain also performed stand-up comedy.

His first television work was presenting a children's programme in Ireland called Echo Island.

Television Career

Dara O'Briain's other Irish TV credits included being a team captain on Don't Feed The Gondolas and a presenter of the popular satirical review show The Panel.

In 2003 he hosted the BBC's Saturday night comedy showcase, The Live Floor Show, which was followed by his guest appearances as host of Have I Got News For You.

Meanwhile Dara O'Briain was proving to be one of the most popular acts in Edinburgh and on the comedy circuit.

He became the regular presenter of the BBC's comedy panel game Mock the Week.

His other TV credits include Argumental, QI, and, together with Griff Rhys Jones and Rory McGrath, the documentary Three Men in a Boat.

Dara O'Briain has published a book entitled Tickling the English.

In June 2010 the BBC announced that Dara O'Briain would replace Adrian Chiles as host of The Apprentice: You're Fired.

In 2015, after five years, it was announced that Dara O'Briain would be leaving the show.

In February 2016, the BBC revealed that Dara O'Briain would host Robot Wars on BBC Two with Angela Scanlon.

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