Comedians Bill Bailey and Lee Mack have embarked on a 100-mile walk through southern England in honor of their late friend Sean Lock.
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Comedians Bill Bailey and Lee Mack take a 100-mile charity walk in honor of their friend Sean Lock. (Credit: Bill Bailey/Just Giving/walkforseanlock)
Bill Bailey and Lee Mack took a 100-mile charity walk in honor of their “real and loyal” friend Sean Lock, who tragically died of cancer.
Comedian and TV star Bill Bailey explained that he would walk and hike with Sean Lock so he knew this would be a great way to honor him.
The comedians, 57 and 54, made the journey from Bude in Cornwall to Combe in Devon – a route they knew was one of Sean’s favourites.
The team captain of the 8 out of 10 Cats died at home surrounded by loved ones on August 16, 2021 after a silent battle with lung cancer.
Bill Bailey said: “He loved the outdoors and one of his favorite things to do was go for walks. We used to walk for miles.
“We talked about everything, Sean was brilliant company. I’m going with Sean’s family and his buddies who have known him for many years.
“It’s a chance for us to tell stories and remember him.”
Lee Mack joined Bailey on the 100-mile hike as a tribute to one of his closest friends. Earlier this year, Mack left fans sobbing when he paid up Tribute to Sean Lock at the National Comedy Awards.
He said, “There was a moment when I was visiting him where he just said to me — and he didn’t say that in the ‘I want to make you feel better’ or ‘I’m trying to convince myself’ sort of way; I just knew it was 100 percent true – he just said to me, ‘I’ve had a really good life, you know?’
Bill Bailey founded a Just give page to raise money for Macmillan, he wrote: “Every penny donated helps Macmillan provide emotional, physical and financial support to people living with cancer in the UK.’”
Before the walk had even started, the duo managed to raise more than £35,000 and Bailey was “blown away” by the response. So far the site has raised more than £77,000 of the £100,000 goal.
Bill Bailey was among the few close friends who knew Sean was secretly battling lung cancer.
When news of his death broke, it sparked a flurry of tributes from across the comedy and entertainment industries.
Sean Lock continued to work despite his illness and reports revealed the popular comic left his family a fortune of £3million.
Sean Lock was an English comedian and actor best known for doing stand-up comedy and appearing on a variety of television shows including Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats, BBC’s Have I Got News for You and QI.
After going to comedy clubs to see performances by the likes of Paul Merton and Alexei Sayle, he decided to pursue comedy as a career.
After attending various comedy shows in London pubs and performing at open mic spots, he finally booked his first official stand up gig at a pub in Stoke Newington, London.
In 1990, Sean Lock was diagnosed with skin cancer, the result of excessive sun exposure while working as a construction worker in the early 1980s. After a doctor referred him to a dermatologist, he managed to make a full recovery.
Notable early television work includes working as a support act alongside comedians David Baddiel and Rob Newman on the 1993 series Newman and Baddiel in Pieces.
Sean Lock began writing comedy for well-known comedians such as Bill Bailey, Lee Evans and Mark Lamarr and in 2000 he had won a British Comedy Award for Best Live Comic.
In 2007, Sean was voted the 55th greatest stand-up comic in Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups, and when the list was updated in 2010 he became the 19th greatest stand-up comic.
On August 16, 2021, it was announced that Sean had died of advanced lung cancer, which he had been diagnosed with a few years earlier.
Lock informed his family and close friends of the cancer diagnosis and made sure it wasn’t public knowledge.
- Sean Lock was born on April 22, 1963 in London, England.
- Lock’s comedy routines are known for being delivered in a dead-on style.
- He is married to Anoushka Nara Giltsoff, they have two daughters and a son.
- The Lock family lived in the Muswell Hill area of London.
- It has been reported that Sean left his loved ones with an estimated net worth of £3million after his death.
Bill Bailey has known Sean Lock since his early days in the comedy circles and they have had a strong, loyal friendship for some 30 years.
Not only has Lock been a great comedy writer for Bailey over the years, they have also appeared on several television shows together.
Bill is a 57 year old British Actor, Comedian, Musician and Singer from Bath, England.
Lee Mack has hosted many episodes of Live at the Apollo for the BBC, and they regularly featured Sean Lock’s popular stand-up routines.
They also crossed paths on shows like 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Mack has described his friend Sean Lock as “a true original in both comedy and life.”
Lee is a 54 year old British comedian, actor, podcaster and presenter from Merseyside, England.
Jimmy Carr hosts the Channel 4 comedy panel show, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Sean Lock was a team captain on the show from seasons 1 to 18.
Carr tweeted: “In memory of Sean Lock – one of our greatest comedians and a much loved member of the Channel 4 family.”
Jimmy is a 49 year old British-Irish comedian, presenter, author and actor from London, England.
Since Sean Lock has always been very private about his private life, it is not known when he met his wife or when they got married.
However, it is known that his wife, Anoushka Nara Giltsoff, is around 48 years old and a business woman.
The couple have three children together, a daughter born in 2004, a second daughter born in 2006 and a son born in 2009. All their names are unknown.