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Kathryn Williams

Brit Awards 2023 host Mo Gilligan on his Welsh connections and holidaying in Cardiff growing up

He's the comedy man of the moment and London comedian, Mo Gilligan, is fronting the Brit Awards once more in 2023. Dominating Saturday nights at the start of 2023, Mo is a regular on The Masked Singer and also hosted BBC One's newest game show That's My Jam.

Before signing up to be the current Mr Saturday Night, Mo already had loads of fans after fronting The Lateish Show, the new Big Breakfast reboot on Channel 4 and his Netflix comedy special, Momentum, not to mention his hilarious real-life observational comedy on his Instagram - which first got him noticed.

But the comic, who is out on tour this year, too and calling in Cardiff, has pretty strong Welsh roots, which he has chatted about to Rob Brydon in the past on the Gavin & Stacey star's podcast, Brydon &.

The stand-up, who tweeted about his support for the Welsh football team back during Euro 2016 was asked by the Port Talbot comedian about his Welsh connection and revealed more about his Welsh family and that he used to spend summer holidays visiting from London.

Mo's mother is Welsh, while his father is from Brixton and since landing on the comedy scene via social media five years ago, Mo has landed himself Netflix specials, sold out the O2 and won Baftas for his Friday night chat show, The Lateish Show. Host Rob asked him about his Welsh connections on the podcast.

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"My mum was born in Barry," Mo said. "My grandad as well, my grandad is Jamaican, I've got a lot of family in Cardiff as well, Grangetown, but yeh, I've got loads of family in Cadoxton. That was the six-week holidays. I'd spend time with my cousins and aunties and uncles."

Rob Brydon talked about the connection with Barry, Gavin & Stacey, and also told Mo: "I lived in a flat in Grangetown, so we've got that connection there." At the end of the episode the pair joke around in American accents and Rob invites Mo down to 'Barry's Island' for a trip. "Let's do it, I'll dress as Uncle Bryn and we'll go to Barry Island together," said Rob.

Mo also talked about discovering his comedic talent at school doing impressions and finding his passion for learning through his learning support classes he attended due to his dyslexia and discovering performing arts and drama. You can hear Rob and Mo's full chat on Brydon & Mo Gilligan on Spotify.

For more showbiz and television stories get our newsletter here. Watch Mo hosting the Brit Awards 2023 on ITV from 8.30pm on Saturday, February 11.


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