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Who is Russell Howard, who is his girlfriend and when is the comedian’s next tour?

RUSSELL Howard is a household name in the UK due to years of appearances on the stand-up comedy circuit and on national television shows such as Mock The Week. But who is the comedian, what is his …

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RUSSELL Howard is a household name in the UK due to years of appearances on the stand-up comedy circuit and on national television shows such as Mock The Week.

But who is the comedian, what is his new show The Russell Howard Hour about and who is his girlfriend? Here’s the full lowdown.

Russell Howard is currently hosting The Russell Howard Hour on Sky One

3 Russell Howard is currently hosting The Russell Howard Hour on Sky One

Who is Russell Howard?

Russell Howard is an English stand-up whose irreverent, quirky style has made him one of the most successful TV comics of his generation.

He has two younger siblings, twins Kerry and Daniel. The latter has epilepsy, which is sometimes mentioned by Russell during his acts.

Russell studied economics at the University of West of England in Bristol before being picked up by BBC Radio One to write, sing and perform on comedy series The Milk Run.

The 37-year-old began on the circuit in his teens, before reaching a wider audience on the back of his regular slot on BBC’s hit Mock The Week.

Russell appeared alongside the likes of Hugh Dennis and Frankie Boyle from 2006-2010, and has been a regular on hit panel shows like Never Mind the Buzzcocks and 8 Out of 10 Cats throughout his career.

He was picked as the best comedy talent from the 2005 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and has cited comedians Lee Evans, Richard Pryor and Frank Skinner as influences.

The Russell Howard Hour: Russell (above) is at it again with this new 14-part series where he sets himself the difficult task of finding reasons to be cheerful

Sky 1 3 The Russell Howard Hour: Russell sets himself the difficult task of finding reasons to be cheerful

What are his shows Russell Howard’s Good News and The Russell Howard Hour about?

Russell’s current affairs review show, Russell Howard’s Good News, launched on BBC Three in 2009, and went on to run for 10 series after moving to BBC Two in 2014.

The topical news programme was voted as the best show to ever appear on the now digital-only BBC Three ahead of its 10th anniversary in 2013.

The Russell Howard Hour is currently airing every Thursday at 10.00pm on Sky 1.

As you may have gathered from the title, the show lasts for an hour, and there are 14 episodes in total.

Fans can expect to see the biggest stories in the UK and across the globe being given Russell’s trademark left-field, optimistic perspective.

He also conducts in-depth, one-on-one studio interviews each week, as well as calling on some (very) junior correspondents to shed some light on the topsy-turvy world of news.

Ahead of the show’s premiere, Russell said: “It’s fair to say that the world is insane at the moment – when was the last time you saw the news and weren’t terrified?

“Every day we’re bombarded with something new, so, in my new show we’re going to celebrate the heroes and mock the madness.”

Russell Howard is branching out into Louis Theroux's stomping ground

3 Russell Howard has made numerous TV appearances over the years, such as Mock The Week and 8 Out Of 10 Cats

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Love Island’s Olivia Attwood sparks concern on Twitter as says she ‘lied to protect someone evil’ amid rumours her relationship with Chris Hughes is on the rocks

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OLIVIA Attwood sparked concern among fans with mysterious Tweets in which she admitted she lied "to protect" someone she referred to as "so evil" – before accusing them of breaking up her family.

Perhaps having a swift change of heart the Love Island beauty, whose relationship with co-star Chris Hughes is rumoured to be on the rocks after their secret split, quickly deleted the messages that appeared to be uploaded in the heat of the moment.

 Love Island star Olivia Attwood sparked concern among fans as she Tweeted - then deleted - two mysterious messages about someone 'evil' Love Island star Olivia Attwood sparked concern among fans as she Tweeted – then deleted – two mysterious messages about someone 'evil'

Earlier today, we reported how the stunning blonde enjoyed a wild night in Essex with her former ITV2 co-stars – but her boyfriend was nowhere to be seen.

She let her hair down as she attended Shelby Tribble's house party with Amber Davies and Georgia Harrison.

At the glitzy bash she was all smiles as she danced on a table yet today, her mood seemed to take a darker turn as she took to her social media page to post the pair of thought-provoking Tweets.

In the first, Olivia wrote: "Imagine someone so evil they sink to the depths of getting between you and your own family."

 The 26-year-old admitted she had 'lied' to protect someone - who had then caused issues with her familyFlynet Pictures The 26-year-old admitted she had 'lied' to protect someone – who had then caused issues with her family  Olivia's relationship with former co-star Chris Hughes hit a rocky patch after she admitted they had temporarily splitRex Features Olivia's relationship with former co-star Chris Hughes hit a rocky patch after she admitted they had temporarily split  Olivia Attwood was caught on camera dirty dancing at the house partyInstagram Olivia Attwood was caught on camera dirty dancing at the house party

She followed up, and added more detail to her initial outpour, as she continued: "After you have lied and lied to protect them from their own behaviour."

Before she erased the messages from her page fans of the 26-year-old were quick to suggest they could relate to Chris, after a rocky few weeks for the couple.

This, teamed with the fact he was a no-show last night as Olivia partied up a storm with model friend Shelby, as well as Love Island winner Amber and castmate Georgia.

Video clips shared on social media show the girls twirling around the living room as loud music was played.

 Olivia looked like she was having the time of her life at the bash Olivia looked like she was having the time of her life at the bash

Earlier this week, Olivia joined 'Muggy' Mike Thalassitis and some of their fellow Islanders at Essex haunt Sheesh in Chigwell, but Chris was noticeably absent.

She enjoyed a fling with Muggy Mike in the villa over the summer and even considered dumping Chris for the hunk when he returned in a shock twist.

Their evening out came just weeks after Chris appeared to kiss a mystery woman while parting without Olivia at nearby Sugar Hut.

Although she forgave her boyfriend, Olivia has since admitted that they secretly split while she took time to figure things out.

 The gang went wild at the Christmas bashInstagram The gang went wild at the Christmas bash  Olivia was spending time with her female friendsInstagram Olivia was spending time with her female friends  Amber Davies and Georgia Harrison were seen dancing away at the partyInstagram Amber Davies and Georgia Harrison were seen dancing away at the party

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Who is Mark Foster? Olympic swimmer and Strictly Come Dancing star who came out as gay

FORMER Olympian Mark Foster came out as gay earlier this year. The ex-swimmer revealed that he had spent the last 30 years not revealing his true sexuality. Who is Mark Foster? Mark Foster was born…

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FORMER Olympian Mark Foster came out as gay earlier this year.

The ex-swimmer revealed that he had spent the last 30 years not revealing his true sexuality.

 Who is Mark Foster, 47, became the fastest swimmer in Britain in 1985PA:Press Association Who is Mark Foster, 47, became the fastest swimmer in Britain in 1985

Who is Mark Foster?

Mark Foster was born in Essex in 1970 and rose to prominence aged 15 when in 1985 he became the fastest swimmer in Britain.

That same year he was selected by the British swimming team, getting his big time breakthrough in 1990 when won bronze for England at the Commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand.

As a specialist short course swimmer (races in a 25 meter pool) he broke the freestyle world record over that distance four times the butterfly record twice.

But he became labelled the "bad boy" of British swimming in 1995 after he tested positive for cannabis.

 Foster won 47 medals over the course of his career and represented Team GB in five OlympicsGetty Images Foster won 47 medals over the course of his career and represented Team GB in five Olympics

In 1996 he would break the long course world record for butterfly.

Foster would go on to win 47 medals over the course of his career and represent Team GB in five Olympics.

He last competed at an Olympic Games in Beijing, China, in 2008 in a final, and unsuccessful, attempt to win an Olympic medal.

He was also the flag bearer for the British team at the opening ceremony at those games.

 He began his punditry career during the BBC's coverage of the London 2012 Olympics and continued his role through the Rio 2016 games as well, with fellow swimmer Rebecca Adlington (pictured)PA:Press Association He began his punditry career during the BBC's coverage of the London 2012 Olympics and continued his role through the Rio 2016 games as well, with fellow swimmer Rebecca Adlington (pictured)

In the games he eventually missed out on a place in the 50 meters freestyle semi finals retired after the games ended.

After he left the sport he would go on to carve out a media career appearing on Strictly Come Dancing, Superstars and other TV shows.

He began his punditry career during the BBC's coverage of the London 2012 Olympics and would continue his role through the Rio 2016 games as well.

 Foster is Britain's most decorated swimmer and is now a BBC pundit for the sportRuckas Pictures Foster is Britain's most decorated swimmer and is now a BBC pundit for the sport

Was Mark Foster in Strictly Come Dancing?

The famous swimmer wasn't in the main version of the dancing show, but appeared in a special showing in 2008.

It was a Strictly Come Dancing special of The Weakest Link and saw the star beat the talented Anton du Beke.

He has also featured in Let's Dance for Sport Relief, ITV2's Celebrity Juice and a Paralympic special of The Million Pound Drop.

 Foster also appeared on the 2008 series of Strictly Come DancingPA:Press Association Foster also appeared on the 2008 series of Strictly Come Dancing

When did Mark Foster come out as gay?

In November 2017, Foster told The Guardian: "It's not like I’ve been pushed to come out. I’ve just swerved and swerved.

"Telling half-truths and not being my true self is only hurting me. I’m 47, a middle-aged man, and I’m no longer competing.

"I’m not the first gay sportsman to come out. Gareth Thomas and Tom Daley led the way."

He made his first public appearance since coming out as gay as he joined Ellie Goulding and Lottie Moss at Elton John’s charity party on November 29. 

 Mark Foster cut a suave figure at Elton John's party on November 29 as he stepped out for the first time since speaking out about his sexualityGetty – Contributor Mark Foster cut a suave figure at Elton John's party on November 29 as he stepped out for the first time since speaking out about his sexuality

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Who is Dustin Lance Black? Tom Daley’s husband and American film maker

TOM Daley headed down the aisle this year and got hitched to longtime love Dustin Lance Black. The Sun revealed how the pair got married despite the Olympic diver’s cheating – but just …

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TOM Daley headed down the aisle this year and got hitched to longtime love Dustin Lance Black.

The Sun revealed how the pair got married despite the Olympic diver's cheating – but just who is his husband?

 Tom Daley's husband Dustin Lance is an award winning film and television directorGetty Images Tom Daley's husband Dustin Lance is an award winning film and television director

So who is Dustin Lance Black? What is his background?

Tom Daley's husband is an American screenwriter and director, who has won multiple awards for his work.

The 42-year-old was born in Scaremento, California, and grew up in a Mormon household.

The family moved to Texas, before returning to California when Dustin's mother remarried.

Dustin has said that growing up in a religious household meant he worried about his sexuality and when he found himself attracted to a boy at age seven, he said to himself: "I'm going to hell. And if I ever admit it, I'll be hurt, and I'll be brought down."

But Dustin, who student Film and Theatre Television at UCLA School of Theatre, came out as gay in his senior year of college.

He is now an LGBT activist and a member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights.

 Dustin Lance was on hand to support his fiancé at the 2016 Rio OlympicsNews Group Newspapers Ltd Dustin Lance was on hand to support his fiancé at the 2016 Rio Olympics

What does Dustin Lance Black do?

Dustin Lance Black is a screenwriter and director and has written work that gained him prestigious Hollywood awards, including an Oscar.

Dustin's first effort was a gay romance film called The Journey of Jared Price, that he wrote and directed.

In 2001, Dustin was hired to write on the HBO series Big Love, before he began work on a feature film about the life and work of the first openly gay American politician Harvey Milk.

The film, titled Milk, was eventually released in 2008 and was met with critical acclaim, earning Dustin a Writers Guild of America Award, as well as an Academy Award.

Dustin has since worked on more projects profiling influential figures, including AIDS activist Pedro Zamora in 2009.

Dustin also wrote the screenplay for J.Edgar, a film that starred Leonardo Dicaprio and was directed by Clint Eastwood.

 Tom Daley met his husband Dustin Lance Black in 2013, before later coming out as gay to his fansPA:Press Association Tom Daley met his husband Dustin Lance Black in 2013, before later coming out as gay to his fans

When did Dustin Lance Black and Tom Daley get together?

Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black met in 2013 and Tom later came out as gay that December, admitting to fans in a Youtube video that he had been dating a man since the summer.

Later it was revealed that Olympic diver Tom Daley's boyfriend was Dustin Lance Black, and the pair made their first public appearance at an event at Battersea Power Station in May 2014.

Tom said of meeting Dustin: "I'd never felt the feeling of love, it happened so quickly, I was completely overwhelmed by it to the point I can't get him out of my head all the time"

The pair live together in London and became engaged in 2015.

After a video emerged of Tom Daley engaged in cyber sex with a fan, the Olympic diver told The Sun that the encounter had happened during a seven month break from his husband to be.

Tom added that his husband was aware of the video and the pair are now stronger than ever.

On 6th May 2017, I married the love of my life, @dlanceblack ❤️ We shared the day with 120 of our closest friends and family, from Texarkana to Plymouth! Thank you to everyone who made this weekend the most special weekend of our lives! • • • 👔@burberry 👯‍♂️London Gay Men's Chorus 📸 @andymacphotofilm • • • #NoRomeo

A post shared by Tom Daley (@tomdaley) on May 8, 2017 at 1:41am PDT

The couple married on May 6 and romantic Tom sang “Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art though, Romeo?” to his fiance before the ceremony at the fairytale Bovey castle.

Just 50 close friends and relatives gathered at the lavish five-star golf resort in Dartmoor national park, 30 miles from Plymouth, Devon, where Tom grew up.

6th of May 2017. When all my hopes and dreams of "Maybe one day…" came true. Thanks to all of our family and friends for helping create the best day of our lives.

A post shared by Dustin Lance Black (@dlanceblack) on May 8, 2017 at 8:22am PDT

Lance’s family flew in from California and the couple hired out the entire 58-room hotel for the weekend where rates start at around £200 a night

Although fans were worried when Tom revealed he was in hospital, just days before the wedding – clearly it wasn't enough to stop the big day.

 Ed Williamson - the male model who is said to have engaged in an 18 month affair with Tom Daley Ed Williamson – the male model who is said to have engaged in an 18 month affair with Tom Daley

What happened between Tom Daley and Ed William?

It is alleged that British model Ed William began chatting with Tom online after a chance meeting in the street in 2014.

Tom and Dustin had recently gone public with their relationship, and Ed was invited to a babecue at Dustin's flat in South London – however when Tom subsequently invited Ed round specifically when his partner was away a source claimed that an 18 month affair began.

Our source went on: “Ed met Dustin socially at the start of the friendship, but he thinks he did not know Tom was contacting him privately.

“It would always happen when Dustin was away and would be quite short-lived.

“They would hook up for half an hour or an hour and that would be it.

“Tom would rarely talk about Dustin to Ed, except to say that he was away."

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