Noel Fielding (born 21 May 1973) is an English comedian, writer, actor, artist, musician, and television presenter. As a comedian and comic actor, he is known for his use of surreal humour and black comedy. During the 2000s he was part of The Mighty Boosh comedy troupe alongside comedy partner Julian Barratt. Born and raised in London, Fielding was educated at Croydon School of Art and Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, through which he met Barratt, with whom he established the Mighty Boosh. In the 1990s, he went on to do stand up comedy. Together, Fielding and Barratt produced a 2001 radio series, The Boosh, for BBC Radio London. This was followed by a television series, The Mighty Boosh, comprising three seasons for BBC 3 from 2004 to 2007. The show generated a cult fan following and won a variety of awards. During the 2000s, he also had smaller roles in a number of comedy shows for Channel 4 including Nathan Barley, The IT Crowd, AD/BC: A Rock Opera and Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. After The Mighty Boosh, he wrote and starred in two series of a solo show for Channel 4, Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy, between 2012 and 2014. He also moved into other television avenues, appearing as himself; from 2009 to 2015, he appeared as a team captain on the BBC Two music/comedy panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks, and since 2017 has co-presented The Great British Bake Off with Sandi Toksvig. Aside from his comedic and television work, Fielding has also exhibited his paintings in London. He is the founder of the band Loose Tapestries, formed with Kasabian's Sergio Pizzorno. He has also appeared as a guest in Richard Ayoade's Travel Man series.