ITV The 1% Club hosts the life of Lee Mack, from a rarely seen wife to a total decision


Award-winning comedian and actor Lee Mack presents The 1% Club, a brand new primetime quiz show on ITV that invites viewers to find out if they’re into The 1% Club.

The new series is the game show that anyone of all ages and backgrounds can take part in because, unlike most quizzes, you don’t need to learn general knowledge to do well – all you you need is logic and common sense.

In The 1% Club, 100 contestants start each show – but to make it to the end and win the top prize of up to £100,000, contestants must correctly answer a question that only 1% of the country would get.

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This will be Lee’s first foray into hosting a primetime quiz show, not to be confused with a panel show, but what do we know about the popular comedian’s life off the air?

Who is Lee Mack?

Lee Gordon McKillop, known by his stage name Lee Mack, is an English actor, comedian and presenter.

Born and raised in Southport, the comedian has become one of the country’s most recognizable comedians and presenters.

He first appeared on our screens in the early 2000s and his career has gone from strength to strength ever since. He is probably best known for being the team captain of the BBC comedy show, I Would I Lie To You? as well as for hosting Sky One Duck Quacks Don’t Echo.

Lee not only acts, but also writes the hugely popular British sitcom Not Going Out.

The 53-year-old star has also hosted They Think It’s All Over, as well as appearing on Taskmaster, being the guest announcer on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and starring in countless episodes of 8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown.

The comedy genius has also made several appearances on Soccer Aid but will step down this year, having scored the winning goal for ‘the rest of the world team’ last year – despite being from Southport.

A sandgrounder through and through, Lee even donated his lawnmower to the city’s famous museum.

Lee’s secret wife and children

Lee and Tara with their two oldest children Arlo and Louie

As Lee’s career gets better and better, he keeps his private life a secret. He very rarely posts on social media and keeps his family out of the spotlight.

Lee has been married for 17 years to his wife Tara McKillop with whom he shares three beautiful children – Arlo, Louie and Millie.

The couple actually met while studying at Brunel University in 1996 and have been together ever since. Lee and Tara married in 2005 and live in East Molesey, Surrey.

He once joked that he had to put up with people thinking she was attracted to her fame and wealth, rather than her charm and humor.

What else do we know about Lee Mack’s life?

According to an episode of TaskMaster, Lee Mack is a vegan.

In a segment where competitors guess where they rank against each other for most pints of milk drunk per month, Lee comes in last place because he drinks zero pints per month.

Mack has been alcohol-free since 2016 and is an ambassador for Alcohol Concern.

Since September 2020, Lee has hosted a podcast on Buddhism and mindfulness with Neil Webster titled I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha.

Neil Webster is his co-host and the two discuss their first, often awkward steps on the road to nirvana.

Lee has a long-standing interest in Buddhism – meditation, mindfulness, travel, spirituality.

Mack has a phobia of flying and travels alone to vacation destinations. He traveled by train to Barcelona. He toured the world for Children in Need in 2009 with other celebrities, however, he and Frank Skinner did not fly to Turkey.

Mack said that because the day he got home was his wife’s birthday, he couldn’t get the train back. He took a flight lesson, which briefly helped with the flight home, however, he hasn’t taken another plane since.

The 1% Club kicks off this Saturday at 8.30pm on ITV and ITVHub.

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