Celebrity Masterchef 2017 contestants: Jim Moir aka Vic Reeves
Best known for: Forming one half of legendary British comic duo Reeves and Mortimer, with Bob Mortimer
Biography: Jim Moir (who is best known by his stage name Vic Reeves) first achieved stardom with Bob Mortimer when their stage show Big Night Out – a satire of the early days of variety TV – was developed into a short-lived Channel 4 show with a cult following in 1990. It was the first of many – the two have since been branded one of the greatest comedy duos in the country.
Moir is a jack-of-all-trades of the entertainment industry. A budding rockstar before his comedic breakout, he released his first and only album, I Will Cure You, in 1991 which peaked at no.16 on the UK album charts and included his hit cover of The Wonder Stuff’s Dizzy.
While his early TV career is dominated by comedy – with series like Shooting Stars and most recently House of Fools – he has also tried his hand at some more dramatic roles in Agatha Christie’s Marple and a three-month stint on Coronation Street.
He and wife Nancy Sorrell appeared together in the fourth series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
Yet, despite diverging paths, his friendship with Mortimer has never waned.