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Lee Ridley

BA Journalism (2002) / MA Online Journalism (2003)

Comedian Lee Ridley, better known as the Lost Voice Guy came to UCLan to study Journalism because of his love for writing.

Upon graduating, Lee went to work for the Sunday Sun in Newcastle, as well as working for BBC Online both in London and Newcastle. He then progressed to work for Sunderland City Council as Online Content Manager.

Following this, Lee took his writing in a different direction and began writing comedy.

Lee said: “I have always enjoyed watching stand-up comedy ever since I was a teenager and I’ve always enjoyed making other people laugh, so I guess it was a dream job. I never expected it to be possible though. Some friends suggested that it might work and that I should try it.”

Since the beginning of his career as a comedian, Lee has toured the UK with Ross Noble who he has been a fan of since watching him perform at the UCLan Students’ Union. He also won a BBC Comedy Award in 2014 and the chance to write a sitcom pilot for the BBC.

Reflecting on his time at UCLan, Lee said: “It definitely made me so much more confident and independent. I doubt I would be where I am today without my time at UCLan. Everyone was very supportive. The journalism department was second to none. I was taught by the very best.”