Dylan Moran was born in 1971 in County Meath, Navan, Ireland. He left school at 16 with no qualifications and apparently spent four jobless years 'drinking and writing bad poetry'. He once worked as a florist for a week but hated it. He is not very tall.
Dylan fell into comedy at age 20 after watching Ardal O'Hanlon and other comedians perform at Dublin's 'The Comedy Cellar', a small 90-seater comedy club with no microphone. He had a go at standup at the Comedy Cellar in 1992 and found his calling- attracted also by the need for no qualifications! Between 1995 and 1996 Dylan was writing a weekly column for The Irish Times.
Dylan's talent was acknowledged in 1993 when he won the 'So You Think You're Funny' award at the Edinburgh Festival. He then went on to become the youngest person to win the Perrier Award in 1996 at Edinburgh Festival at age 24. 'Gurgling For Money' was Dylans first major one man stand up UK tour in 1997. He went on to perform at many other festivals including the Hay Literary Festival, Montreal Comedy Festival, Vancouver Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Festival.
In 1998 he won his first major television role in the BBC 2 sitcom 'How Do You Want Me?' with Charlotte Coleman.
Dylan then won a small role in the 1999 movie 'Notting Hill' as Rufus the Thief.
In 2000, 'Black Books' was first aired on Channel 4. The sitcom about a miserable, unsociable, drunken book shop owner Bernard Black was the original idea by Dylan and helped brought into existence by co-writer and fellow Irishman Graham Linehan. Series 2 was televised in 2002, and series 3 (quite possibly the last series) which aired in March 2004 on Channel 4 was greeted with great enthusiasm by critics and fans alike.
Dylan can also be seen playing 'David' in 2004's British movie success, the 'RomZomCom', 'Shaun Of The Dead', written by the writers of Spaced, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright.
Having finally laid Black Books to rest, Dylan is still busy. After living in North London for many years, Dylan now lives with his family in Edinburgh.