John Oliver

by follers on June 5, 2014

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Birth Name: John William Oliver

Place of Birth: Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 23 April, 1977

Ethnicity: English, Irish

John Oliver is an English comedian, actor, writer, producer, podcaster, and television personality. He has hosted the show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver since 2014.

John is the son of Carole (McNulty) and James B. Oliver. His uncle (father’s brother) was composer Stephen Oliver (Stephen Michael Harding Oliver); biographical material, and a picture, of Stephen Oliver, can be found here.

His parents are originally from Liverpool.

John is married to army veteran Kate Norley, with whom he has two children.

John’s paternal grandfather was Osborne George Oliver (the son of George Harding Oliver and Frances Mary Delano Osborne). John’s grandfather Osborne was born in West Derby, Lancashire. Frances was the daughter of Frederick Delano Osborne and Fanny Sainsbury.

John’s paternal grandmother was Charlotte Hester Girdlestone (the daughter of The Rev. Frederick Stanley Pears Lynn Girdlestone and Beatrice Victoria Margaret Boyd Carpenter). Charlotte was born in Ripon, Yorkshire. Frederick was the son of The Rev. Charles Frederick Girdlestone and Alice Ann Lynn. Beatrice was the daughter of The Rev. William Boyd Carpenter and Annie Maude Gardner.

John’s paternal great-great-grandfather, The Rev. William Boyd Carpenter (1841-1918), was the Bishop of Ripon, and a court chaplain to Queen Victoria. He was from a prominent family that produced many Church of England clergy.

John’s maternal grandparents’ surnames were McNulty and Kelly.

Source: Genealogy of John Oliver (focusing on his father’s side) –

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neiltennant October 15, 2017 at 4:34 am


visokozen June 28, 2016 at 12:01 pm

his wife is so hot

gel May 15, 2016 at 1:26 am
andrew July 7, 2016 at 4:11 am

I wondered the same thing.

phaedra May 15, 2016 at 12:56 am

He is the most nerdiest looking guy.

visokozen March 25, 2016 at 7:30 am

That’s what i call a rat!

bakchoyhurl February 6, 2016 at 10:35 am

That face…

Untermensch123 September 13, 2015 at 6:46 am

AHAHAH typical irish, the blacks of europe

gel September 13, 2015 at 11:17 am

Ah, ha – no, Typical English, the Blacks of Europe!

Look, he’s the image of his English father, Stephen Oliver:

Capricious October 9, 2015 at 2:23 am

Dude English people are usually lighter than the Irish.

Welsh are the darkest.

gel February 6, 2016 at 11:02 am

Dude, you have no idea!: Heres an Irish soccer team and one from England:

crunty March 5, 2016 at 1:56 am

Your links really are pathetic. The true germanic English live in the shires, not in cities. Most people in the inner cities are descendants of immigrants, and a lot are, ironically, Irish.

gel May 15, 2016 at 1:28 am

For your information, Yeovil is in the shires.

AdamMartin December 31, 2016 at 7:28 am

The true Germanic English live in the shires? Lol, are they hobbits?

neiltennant July 27, 2017 at 10:03 am

Omid Djalili

his father looked like this iranian guy

neiltennant October 15, 2017 at 4:33 am

bad teeth = english

passes for english haha :-))

gel August 19, 2015 at 3:12 am

Good comedian. The Irish are often behind the comedy in Britain – in Liverpool and suchlike.

Did you know that what you think of as “English comedy”, such as Monty Python came directly from the comedy of Irishman Spike Milligan! (Goon Show, Q5 etc.)?

Seger August 19, 2015 at 4:36 am

Yawn! You Irish really are insecure aren’t you…lol. Where are all the great Irish born Comedians/musicians, etc…

Spike Milligan? He was only half Irish — that doesn’t make him an “Irishman”.

I guess the great literary tradition of Ireland can be traced back to the British, as almost all of the greats are of British descent:

Jonathan Swift
Oscar Wilde
Edmund Burke
Bram Stoker
George Bernard Shaw
Samuel Beckett

All Britons! Right?

gel August 19, 2015 at 5:44 am

He was an Irish citizen – that makes him Irish, no?

And the above list just proves how much the Irish have given to literature and human thought – right?

Seger August 19, 2015 at 10:29 am

Actually, I wasn’t aware that he’d taken Irish citizenship, but if the British had renewed his passport — I doubt it would have crossed his mind to become an Irish citizen.

Actually, it proves how much the British have given to literature and world thought.

Seger August 19, 2015 at 10:30 am

* world = human


gel August 19, 2015 at 11:03 am

Insecure, eh?

The Irish behind British Rock: The Beatles, Lonnie Donegan, Pete Townsend, Johnny Rotten, Morrissey. The Smiths, David Bowie, Donovan, Sting….

Invention! – just like with comedy and Drama.

You’re good at copying, though.

crunty March 5, 2016 at 2:00 am

The English brought about the English language, although some Irish folk would challenge and dispute that. Hilarious.

AdamMartin December 31, 2016 at 7:37 am


Where are the great Irish born comedians? Jimmy Carr,Dara o’Briain, Dylan Moran.
England has Stewart Lee.Beyond that, I’m at a loss to think of anyone good.Scotland has all the UK’s best comedians, and to spare us another argument I’ll avoid pointing out the common denominator in their family trees…
You are partially right about the Irish writers,although they are mostly mixed with “native” Irish.You’ve mistakenly based that claim on their religion,which is presumably why you included Burke, a man with no British ancestry whatsoever.

andrew August 12, 2015 at 4:22 pm

he resembles his uncle. “Oliver” is often Scottish.

neiltennant August 7, 2015 at 7:33 am

looks really older than he is

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