British comedian John Oliver is a familiar face on American television. He can often be seen providing commentary on current events as well as poking fun at prominent politicians.
John Oliver’s professional side is well-known to a lot of people who watch him on TV, but some might be curious to know more about his life off the air. For example, is John Oliver married? Does he have a family? Read on below to find out some facts about this popular funnyman.
John Oliver’s early life and and career
John Oliver was born on April 23, 1977, in Birmingham, England. As a child, he wanted to be a soccer player because his parents came from Liverpool and supported Liverpool FC.
However, when Oliver attended the University of Cambridge in the 1990s, he joined the school’s famous comedy troupe called the Cambridge Footlights. At some point, he even became the club’s vice president.
After graduating, John Oliver started performing stand-up comedy in the U.K. for a while before landing a job on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in the mid-2000s. He moved to New York and his career took off. On The Daily Show, Oliver was the Senior British Correspondent who often covered events in Europe and other places around the world. He won a few Emmy Awards for his comedic work.
In 2014, John Oliver left The Daily Show and went on to host his own program on HBO called Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, where he continues to provide satirical commentary on current affairs and politics.
Time Magazine even named John Oliver in their list of “100 Most Influential People” in 2015.
Is John Oliver married?
John Oliver has been married since 2011 and his love story is just as bizarre and unconventional as you would expect from a comedy host.
In 2008, Oliver visited the Republican National Convention to cover a story for his job at The Daily Show. There, he went into a restricted area without permission and got chased by security people at the convention until a group of veterans helped him and his camera crew hide. Since John Oliver was only in the U.S. on a temporary visa at this time and could not afford to get into serious trouble with the law, the veterans actually helped him avoid possible deportation.
It turned out that one of the kind veterans was a former Iraq War medic named Kate Norley. She and Oliver hit it off, which led to them continuing to keep in touch and eventually falling in love. It was an unlikely relationship, too. While Oliver was a political pundit known for his left-leaning views, Norley was a Republican. In fact, she was at the 2008 Republican Convention to advocate for the organization Vets for Freedom.
However, their political differences did not keep them from continuing their romance. In 2010, Oliver proposed to Norley and the two of them got married in 2011.
The couple welcomed their first son in 2015 and then a second son in 2018. Despite being a well-known face on television, not much is known about his young kids. Many people were also slightly baffled by how secretive Oliver had been since he never announced that his wife was expecting or mentioned his children until months after their births.
“Publicly, it just doesn’t feel like it’s worth making [a big deal of],” he explained to fellow comedian Jimmy Fallon once. “This is not a royal baby in terms of how far in line he is to the throne. It’s a peasant; I have a peasant child. So it didn’t even cross my mind that we should make a public thing about it, ’cause that seemed weird.”