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Inside Michael McIntyre's family life: from 20-year marriage to famous in-laws

The Wheel host shares two sons with his wife Kitty

Michael McIntyre and wife Kitty arrive at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards 2012
Nicky Morris
TV and film writer
2 March 2024
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Michael McIntyre is undoubtedly one of the UK's most popular entertainers, and so his cancellation of upcoming tour dates as he recovers from surgery is a blow to many. Having started out on the British stand-up comedy circuit, Michael went on to forge a successful TV career, with his hit BBC programmes such as The Wheel and The Big Show becoming staples of Saturday night TV. 

But what about his life away from the cameras? Find out all you need to know about Michael's home life with his wife Kitty and their two children. 

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Michael McIntyre's 20-year marriage to wife Kitty

Since 2003, Michael has been married to aromatherapist Kitty Ward. 

The TV star first met Kitty in his early twenties and spent two years trying to persuade her to go on a date with him.

"We had a really good start and I think she really liked me but I didn't know how to handle that," he said on Desert Island discs in 2011, explaining how he'd announced to his family that he was going to marry her after their first date. 

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Michael began his career on the British stand-up circuit

Besotted with his future wife, Michael would often phone her, resulting in a "record-breaking" number of missed calls as he preferred to keep dialling rather than leave messages on an answer phone. Jokingly referring to himself as a "stalker", Michael explained how he even ended up moving into a flat over the road from Kitty.  

Opening up about their early relationship in his 2010 book, Life and Laughing, Michael shared his first impressions of Kitty: "She was the girl I had been looking for. In the romantic comedy that was my life, this would have made a good ending.

"We would fall happily ever after. Within moments of seeing her and chatting to her I was totally up for that ending. ­Unfortunately, she wasn't."

Michael Mcintyre with His Wife Kitty at
Bafta Television Awards - 27 May 2012© Joanne Davidson/Shutterstock
Michael married Kitty in 2003

While Michael eventually managed to win Kitty over, Michael's grandmother found it difficult to accept the new woman in his life. 

"Unfortunately my grandma didn't really like it when I got a girlfriend," Michael revealed on Desert Island discs. "She was trying to break us up which was funny for a while but then it became quite vicious, an untenable ­situation."

The comedian went on to detail the final time he saw his grandmother, which he said was "horrific". "I went round there and we had a big row and I left. She slammed the door and started throwing £50 notes through the letter box and screaming at me, 'This is all you want, take it!'

Vogue Williams on Michael McIntyre's The Wheel © Gary Moyes
Michael hosts the popular BBC game show, The Wheel

"That was it. That was the last time I saw her and she died a few years later."

Despite his grandmother's attempts to split them up, the couple's relationship went from strength to strength and Michael eventually got down on one knee. 

They went on to welcome two sons, Lucas and Oscar, who are often referenced in Michael's stand-up routines. 

Michael McIntyre's Big Show© Gary Moyes
Michael sometimes references his children in his stand-up shows

In one of his most memorable jokes about his children, Michael said: "My son's got two words: car and map, that's all he can say. 'Car, car, map, car!' 

"I'm fairly worried he's trying to escape. So if the next word is passport, we're in serious trouble."

The family reside in Hampstead, London.

Michael McIntyre's famous in-laws 

While Kitty has chosen a career away from the cameras, she's used to being in the limelight as the daughter of actor Simon Ward and sister of actress Sophie Ward.

Simon, who passed away in 2012, was best known for playing Winston Churchill in the 1972 film Young Winston, as well as for his roles in Judge John Deed and The Tudors.

simon ward actor in blue jumper© Shutterstock
Michael's wife Kitty is the daughter of actor Simon Ward

As for Sophie, the actress played the recurring role of Dr Helen Trent in the long-running ITV drama Heartbeat, and also portrayed Sophia Byrne in Holby City.

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