Lee Mack's wife nobody believes he met before becoming famous

Lee Mack on The 1% Club
Lee Mack on The 1% Club -Credit:ITV

Lee Mack has previously revealed that people often don't believe he met his wife before he became famous.

The 55-year-old host of ITV's The 1% Club is married to Tara, but says people often assume she was attracted to his fame and fortune rather than his personality. In a podcast, Lee shared an amusing anecdote about Roisin Conaty's sister questioning how he managed to win Tara over.

She asked if he had done something heroic like saving her life, as she couldn't fathom why Tara would be with him before his rise to fame. Lee clarified that he and Tara have known each other since their university days, long before he became a household name in comedy.

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Lee said on a podcast: "We talked the other day with Roisin Conaty. Her sister met Tara and said 'I assume you two have been together after you became a comedian and got a bit of money.'"

"And I said 'no, no, we met before I ever was a comedian when we were at university.' "And she looked aghast at why this woman would be with me.

"And do you know what she said? 'Did you save her life or something?' I thought that's an incredibly bold statement to make after five minutes of meeting someone."

Tara McKillop and Lee Mack in 2015
Tara McKillop and Lee Mack in 2015 -Credit:Karwai Tang/Getty

The pair tied the knot in a private ceremony in 2005, just a year after their first child, Arlo, was born. Lee and Tara then welcomed their second son, Louie, followed by their youngest, Mollie.

Lee first came into the limelight when he won So You Think You're Funny at the 1995 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Southport-born comedian, whose real name is Lee Gordon McKillop, made his television debut in the early 2000s and has since seen his career soar

Lee first shot to fame by winning So You Think You're Funny at the 1995 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Born and bred in Southport, the comedian, whose real name is Lee Gordon McKillop, first appeared on our screens in the early 2000s and his career has since gone from strength to strength.

He is most well-known for being a team captain on the BBC comedy panel show Would I Lie To You?, writing and starring in the sitcom Not Going Out, and for hosting the Sky One show Duck Quacks Don't Echo. His most recent show, The 1% Club, has become a staple part of ITV's weekend line-up.

ITV recently reported that The 1% Club has become the biggest game show on UK television to date with its current series averaging 5.8 million viewers in consolidated figures. The show airs on Saturday nights on ITV1 with repeats and catch-up available on ITVX.

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