Karl Pilkington Biography: Net Worth, Wife, Age, TV Shows, Books, IMDb, Siblings, Parents

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Karl Pilkington (born September 23, 1972) is a multi-talented personality from England, making a name as a presenter, comedian, actor, voice artist, producer, and author. 

His most notable collaborations have been with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. They have worked on projects like the XFM radio and The Ricky Gervais Show. 

Additionally, Karl Pilkington has showcased his unique personality in travel series like An Idiot Abroad and The Moaning of Life

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Wiki Facts & About Data
Full Name: Karl Pilkington
Born: 23 September 1972 (age 51 years old)
Place of Birth: Manchester, United Kingdom
Nationality: English, British
Education: Mersey School
Height: 1.85 m
Parents: Alan Pilkington, Dorothy Pilkington
Siblings: Mark Pilkington, Jackie Pilkington
Spouse: Suzanne Whiston (1990–)
Girlfriend • Partner: N/A
Children: N/A
Occupation: Actor • TV Personality
Net Worth: $3 million (USD)

Early Life & Education

Karl Pilkington, a man of many talents, was born on September 23, 1972, in the vibrant city of Sale in Greater Manchester, England. The loving presence of his parents, Alan Pilkington (father) and Dorothy Pilkington (mother) guided his upbringing. 

Growing up, Karl had the privilege of sharing his childhood with an elder sister, Jackie Pilkington, and brother, Mark Pilkington

As he journeyed through his academic years, Karl Pilkington completed his education at Ashton on Mersey School.


Karl Pilkington started his career as a journalist in the media industry, initially working as a printer for cassettes and disks. However, his trajectory took an unexpected turn when he crossed paths with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant at XFM Radio. Initially hired as their producer, Pilkington‘s quirky and unconventional remarks on The Ricky Gervais Show quickly captured the audience’s attention, leading to his promotion to co-host alongside Gervais and Merchant.

His travel comedy series, An Idiot Abroad, aired from 2010 to 2012, solidifying Pilkington‘s comedic prowess. Throughout the show, he embarked on adventures across various countries, immersing himself in diverse cultures and often finding himself in hilariously bizarre situations, all while delivering his trademark deadpan commentary.

Following the success of An Idiot AbroadKarl Pilkington continued his exploration of existential questions and the meaning of life in The Moaning of Life, which aired from 2013 to 2015.

Pilkington expanded his repertoire into acting from 2012 to 2014, debuting in Ricky Gervais‘ comedy-drama series Derek, portraying the character Dougie.

In 2018, Karl Pilkington showcased his comedic talents by co-creating, co-writing, and starring in the scripted sitcom Sick of It on Sky 1. Alongside his television endeavors, Pilkington has also found success as an author, with books such as An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl PilkingtonThe World of Karl Pilkington, and Happyslapped By A Jellyfish.

Awards & Nominations


  • 2011: Factual Entertainment Awards – Best Presenter for An Idiot Abroad
  • 2012: National Television Awards – Most Popular Factual Programme for An Idiot Abroad
  • 2012: Royal Television Society Awards – Best Popular Factual for An Idiot Abroad


  • 2010: BAFTA TV Awards – Best Comedy Programme for An Idiot Abroad
  • 2011: British Comedy Awards – Best Reality Show for An Idiot Abroad
  • 2012: Broadcasting Press Guild Awards – Best Multichannel Programme for An Idiot Abroad
  • 2012: International Emmy Awards – Best Non-Scripted Entertainment for An Idiot Abroad
  • 2014: Rose d’Or Awards – Entertainment for The Moaning of Life

Social Media

  • Twitter: @KarlPilkingtonHQ
  • Facebook: Karl Pilkington Fans
  • Instagram: @karlpilkington.fan

Personal Life

Karl Pilkington, aged 51, and Suzanne Whiston have been in a committed relationship for over three decades, choosing to live together without getting married. Suzanne, who used to work at BBC as the producer for Match Of The Day, is a journalist and producer.

In 1990, Karl and Suzanne crossed paths while Karl was employed at Manchester’s Key 103 Radio Station. Their connection grew stronger, leading to Suzanne eventually moving in with Karl. Throughout the years, they have remained committed partners. 

However, Karl Pilkington disclosed on his appearance on Sunday Brunch in 2020 that they consciously decided not to have children. Despite contemplating the idea, Karl ultimately failed to find a compelling reason for starting a family.


TV Shows

  • Extras (2005–2007) as Ricky Gervais’ assistant, Andy Millman
  • Derek (2012–2014) as Kev
  • An Idiot Abroad (2010–2012) as himself
  • The Moaning of Life (2013–2015) as himself
  • Sick of It (2018–2020) as Karl
  • The Thief, His Wife, and the Canoe (2022) as DC Phil Bayley
  • Rain Dogs (2023) as Simon


  • Cemetery Junction (2010) as Bruce
  • The Ricky Gervais Guide to… (2010) as Karl
  • David Brent: Life on the Road (2016) as himself


  • The World of Karl Pilkington (2007)
  • Happyslapped by a Jellyfish (2008)
  • Karlology (2010)
  • An Idiot Abroad (2011)
  • The Moaning of Life (2013)
  • More Moaning (2015)

Net Worth

Karl Pilkington, a multi-talented Englishman, is believed to have a net worth of $3 million. This substantial income stems from his successful attempts in various professions, including presenting, comedy, writing, and acting. 

Karl has demonstrated his extraordinary abilities and achieved tremendous fame and financial success during his successful television, radio, and comedic career.

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