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Dom Joly's Biography

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Dom Joly was born in Lebanon on 15 November 1968 and went to school there until he was six.

Dom Joly was the son of John Joly, who owned a shipping agency Henry Heald & Co, and his second wife, Yvonne.

When the civil war broke out in Lebanon, Dom Joly was packed off to board at the Dragon School in Oxford and then studied at Haileybury in Hertfordshire. He then studied politics and international relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Later, Dom Joly worked on the political programme House to House, followed by working as a researcher on Channel 4's Mark Thomas Comedy Product.

Pursuing a career in comedy, Dom Joly started filming humorous stunts for the Paramount Comedy Channel. Dom Joly made a pilot episode of Trigger Happy TV for Channel 4's Comedy Lab strand. The show went on to be a big hit as a series and also won critical acclaim.

Further shows followed including This Is Dom Joly, World Shut Your Mouth, Dom Joly's Happy Hour and Dom Joly's Complainers.

Dom Joly has also written numerous articles and several books including The Dark Tourist: Sightseeing in the World's Most Unlikely Holiday Destinations, which was published in 2010.

He is married to Stacey MacDougall, an art director from Canada.

In 2010, Dom Joly became one of the celebrities on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. He came fourth.

In 2020, he was one of the celebrities featured in the BBC documentary series Pilgrimage: The Road To Istanbul.

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