Caroline Aherne

Caroline Aherne

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1963-12-24 · Deathday: 2016-07-02 (52 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Ealing, London, England, UK

13 Movies · 13 TV shows

Biography

Caroline Mary Aherne (24 December 1963 – 2 July 2016) was an English comedian, writer and actress, best known for performing as the acerbic chat show host Mrs Merton, in various roles in The Fast Show, and as Denise in The Royle Family, a series which she co-wrote. She won BAFTA awards for her work on The Mrs Merton Show and The Royle Family.Aherne narrated the Channel 4 reality television series Gogglebox from its inception in 2013 until 8 April 2016. She died of cancer at age 52.

Personal Life

Aherne was married to Peter Hook of the bands Joy Division and New Order from 1994 until 1997. During their marriage, he appeared in her TV series The Mrs Merton Show as leader of Hooky & the Boys, the show's house band. After her death, Hook described the marriage as being turbulent, violent and abusive.

Early Life

Aherne was born in Ealing, London, on 24 December 1963, the second child of Irish parents Bartholomew Edmond "Bert" Aherne, a railwayman with London Transport, and Mary Frances "Maureen" Aherne (née Regan). From the age of two, Aherne was brought up in Wythenshawe, Manchester. Like her brother, Patrick, Aherne had retinoblastoma in childhood, which left her partially sighted in one eye. She attended the Hollies Convent Grammar School in West Didsbury and then studied drama at Liverpool Polytechnic.

Movies & TV shows

2020.

1 Movie
The Fast Show: Just a Load of Blooming Catchphrases

The Fast Show: Just a Load of Blooming Catchphrases

2020
Bono estente! It's been over 25 years since quickfire sketch show classic The Fast Show first hit our screens, and what better way to celebrate its enduring success than with a two-hour extravaganza o...

2016.

1 Movie
British Sitcom: 60 Years of Laughing at Ourselves

British Sitcom: 60 Years of Laughing at Ourselves

2016
Documentary celebrating the British sitcom and taking a look at the social and political context from which our favourite sitcoms grew. We enjoy a trip through the comedy archive in the company of the...

2013.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Gogglebox

Gogglebox

5.33
2013
Gogglebox is an entertaining television review programme in which some of Britain's most opinionated and avid telly viewers comment freely on the best and worst television shows of the previous week, ...
The Security Men

The Security Men

2013
A group of night security guards working at the fictional Whittington shopping centre in Greater Manchester must create an elaborate scheme to hide a robbery that has taken place on their watch.

2012.

1 Movie
Barbara's Old Ring

Barbara's Old Ring

2012
Christmas is coming but Barbara is not happy. Not only has she lost her wedding ring but Jim has won on a scratch card she found down the back of the sofa whilst looking for the ring and has kept quie...

2010.

2 Movies
The Royle Family: Behind the Sofa

The Royle Family: Behind the Sofa

2010
The creation of The Royle Family is discussed with a look behind the scenes at the production and interviews with the cast.
Joe's Crackers

Joe's Crackers

2010
They worry that Anthony's gifts will show them up.

2009.

2 Movies
The Golden Egg Cup

The Golden Egg Cup

2009
Jim and Barbara have received the gift of money from their children - but what to do with it? Barbara wants to finally go abroad, while Jim favours buying an HD satellite box.
The Fattest Man in Britain

The Fattest Man in Britain

2009
He is the fattest man in Britain. A tourist attraction is thanks to a cabbie. Until he meets Amy, a pregnant teenager fleeing a violent boyfriend and who he takes in as a lodger, he is the only other ...

2008.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Sunshine

Sunshine

2008
The co-writers of The Royle Family and Early Doors wrote the comedy drama that began on October 7, 2008. The co-writers are Craig Cash and Phil Mealey.
The New Sofa

The New Sofa

2008
The hit family sitcom has a festive special edition. The chef decided to cook Christmas dinner for the whole family. Dave's mother and father are invited to join the festivities after Jim gave the yul...

2006.

1 Movie
The Queen of Sheba

The Queen of Sheba

2006
Tension mounts in the Royle household as the family contemplates the prospect of becoming fully laminated throughout. Dr Mahmoud prescribes new medication for Nana in the form of yellow tablets; coinc...

2000.

1 Movie
Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings

Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings

2000
The comedienne is on stage.

1999.

2 TV shows
TV
Mrs Merton and Malcolm

Mrs Merton and Malcolm

1999
The series was written by Craig Cash and Henry Normal. The series was published on DVD.

1998.

2 TV shows
TV
The Royle Family

The Royle Family

6
1998
The lives of a working class family in Manchester are the focus of a British comedy series.

1996.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
VIZ: Oh, Lordy! It's The Fat Slags in Blue Honeymoon

VIZ: Oh, Lordy! It's The Fat Slags in Blue Honeymoon

1996
The Yo-yo knickered slags get the blues when randy romeo Baz marries their love rival Thelma. But it's during their disastrous honeymoon at the sinister Paradise Park that the action really turns blue...

1995.

2 TV shows
TV
The Frank Skinner Show

The Frank Skinner Show

1995
The Frank Skinner Show was a television chat show hosted by comedian Frank Skinner, which lasted nine series on British television between 1995 and 2005. As well as celebrity interviews, the shows in...
TV
The Mrs Merton Show

The Mrs Merton Show

1995
The Mrs Merton Show is a mock chat show starring Caroline Aherne as the elderly host Mrs Merton. It ran from 10 February 1995 to 2 April 1998 and was produced by Granada Television and aired on the BB...

1994.

1 TV show
TV
The Fast Show

The Fast Show

1994
The Fast Show is a multi BAFTA award winning sketch comedy show written and produced by Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson.

1992.

2 TV shows
TV
Frank Sidebottom's Fantastic Shed Show

Frank Sidebottom's Fantastic Shed Show

1992
Frank Sidebottom's very own TV show, broadcast from the converted shed that functioned as his showbiz HQ. Also featuring diminutive sidekick Little Frank, the shows include Frank’s take on Crimewatch...
TV
The Dead Good Show

The Dead Good Show

1992
There was a sketch comedy on TV.

1978.

1 TV show
TV
An Audience with...

An Audience with...

1978
There is an audience with you. A British entertainment television show is produced by London Weekend Television, in which a host, usually a singer or comedian, performs for an invited audience of cele...

Unknown Year.

1 Movie
Caroline Aherne at the BBC

Caroline Aherne at the BBC

John Thomson remembers the life and work of his friend and comedy colleague, the late and greatly missed Caroline Aherne. From rarely seen early routines from the Manchester stand-up circuit through t...
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