Taskmaster is back on our screens on October 15th but what do we know about its co-host and creator Alex Horne and his wife, Rachel Horne?
The year 2020 has been pretty rough, to say the least, but thankfully, the worst year in living memory for many of us is about to get that little bit better.
That’s because the BAFTA-winning series Taskmaster is returning to our screens after almost a year away
The show, which sees five funny people – usually comedians – completing all manner of weird and wonderful tasks, is set to make its Channel 4 debut after its surprise departure from Dave in 2019.
As ever, Greg Davies leads the way as Taskmaster while faithful assistant, Alex Horne, leads the contestants through each tricky task.
While Alex Horne may be the assistant in the show, he is actually the creator of Taskmaster but what do we know about him away from the show, how did his career begin and who’s his wife?
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Taskmaster series 10 on Channel 4
Taskmaster arrives on Channel 4 on Thursday, October 15th.
The series, which began life at the Edinburgh Fridge Festival, became a staple of the channel Dave after it debuted in 2015.
The show, which was devised by co-host Alex Horne, sees five funny people (comedians, actors, TV personalities) all compete in a series of weird and wonderful tasks, all with the aim of pleasing the titular Taskmaster, Greg Davies.
In series 10, Johnny Vegas, Katherine Parkinson, Richard Herring, Daisy May Cooper and Mawaan Rizwan will be put to the test by Alex Horne’s devious tasks.
Meet Alex Horne
Alex Horne was born in West Sussex in September 1978.
The 42-year-old comedian studied classics at Cambridge University, graduating in 2001, but during his time at Cambridge, he was a member of the prestigious Footlights Dramatic Club where he honed his talent for comedy.
The Footlights has had a huge array of notable members including Monty Python’s Eric Idle as well as Hugh Laurie, Sue Perkins, David Mitchell, Richard Ayoade and Simon Bird.
Horne’s first notable TV appearance came in 2008 as a contestant on Countdown and has since returned to the set during 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown episodes.
As mentioned, Alex Horne is also the creator of Taskmaster, which originally began its life in 2010 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before making the switch to TV in 2015.
As well as creating Taskmaster, Alex Horne is also the lead figure of The Horne Section, a comedy music band which has appeared in TV, radio and stage shows since 2010.
Who is Alex Horne’s wife?
- Alex Horne’s wife is Rachel Horne.
The pair married in 2005 and have since had three children together.
Rachel Horne (née Gibson) is a Northern Irish newsreader and journalist who is originally from County Fermanagh in Ulster.
Rachel was born in May 1979 and is now 41 years old, and after growing up in Northern Ireland, went on to study Law and Theology at Cambridge University before switching her focus to Broadcast Journalism for her postgraduate degree.
Arguably the most notable role of Rachel’s career to date came on the CBBC news programme, Newsround, where she was a presenter between 2002 and 2006 and has also appeared on Breakfast with Frost, BBC Radio, BBC News’s TV channel, and she currently works on Virgin Radio.
Taskmaster series 10, starring Alex Horne, begins on October 15th at 9pm on Channel 4.