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Noel Fielding was a British comedian, actor, musician, artist, and host born in Westminster, London on May 21, 1973. Born to Ray and Yvonne Fielding, who have appeared on Fielding's "The Mighty Boosh" (BBC Three, 2004-07) and "Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy" (Channel 4, 2012-14), Noel is the brother of Michael Fielding, also a comedian and actor. Michael played Naboo the Enigma on "The Mighty Boosh" and Smooth on "Luxury Comedy." Noel Fielding attended the Croydon School of Art, then graduated from Buckinghamshire New University in 1995 with a degree in graphic design and advertising. Fielding began performing stand up comedy in the late 1990s, and shared a flat with fellow comedians Lee Mack, Simon Evans, and Julian Barratt. He performed comedy in his television debut on "Gas" (1997-98), hosted by Mack, and formed The Mighty Boosh comedy troupe with Julian Barratt in 1998. The pair developed their surreal humor and flamboyant zookeeper characters Vince Noir, played by Fielding, and Howard Moon, played by Barratt, across further stage shows in 1999 and 2000. Fielding made his film debut with a small part in "Plunkett and Macleane" (1999) before The Mighty Boosh characters were brought to radio in "The Boosh" in 2001. The troupe's biggest exposure, however, came in 2004, when TV program "The Mighty Boosh" (2004-07) was aired for three seasons on BBC Three. The cult series expanded the premise with more regular characters and sketches with various characters played by the cast. Although The Mighty Boosh toured shortly after the show's conclusion and Fielding had said he and Barratt had discussed a movie, further Boosh media had not been produced by the end of 2018. Fielding then had a fairly extensive career in television presenting, however. He played recurring character Richmond on fellow cult comedy favorite "The IT Crowd" (Channel 4, 2006-2013) across its run, but was also known as a contestant on the Channel 4 mainstay "The Big Fat Quiz of the Year" (2004- ) for a number of years from 2006 to 2018. Fielding also served as a team captain on the comedy panel series "Never Mind the Buzzcocks" (BBC Two, 1996-2015) from 2007 to 2014. He branched out from his comedy and presenting work to stage his first art exhibition, entitled "Psychedelic Dreams of the Jelly Fox," in 2008. Fielding also created artwork for exhibitions in 2010, 2012, and 2015 and was awarded an honorary master's degree from alma mater Buckinghamshire New University for his work in graphic design and artwork. He diversified his multi-hyphenate resume further when he formed band Loose Tapestries with Sergio Pizzorno of Kasabian in 2012. The band was conceived to create music for Fielding's sketch show/sitcom "Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy." Fielding periodically appeared on comedy panel quiz show "QI" (BBC, 2003- ) from 2013 to 2018, and appeared in "Trailer Park Boys" (Showcase/Netflix, 2001- ) spin-off "Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park" (Netflix, 2016-17). Known for his flamboyant style, Fielding was named one of GQ's 50 best dressed British men in 2015. Fielding received widespread attention in 2017 when he became one of the new co-hosts of fan favorite "The Great British Bake-Off" (BBC/Channel 4, 2010- ) alongside Sandi Toksvig, replacing Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins. He voiced Stan the Executioner on Matt Groening's "Disenchantment" (Netflix, 2018- ). Fielding and girlfriend Lliana Bird, a radio presenter and actress known as Birdy, had their first child, Dali, in 2018.