08:09PM, Thursday 26 November 2015
A former Windsor Boys’ School student has seen off competition from a host of actors including The Mighty Boosh star Noel Fielding to present a hit TV show.
Matthew Giffen, 35, teamed up with leading production company Lambert Productions to host The Fear, a six-part series screened on BBC Three searching for the scariest amateur film in the UK.
The show came to a nail-biting climax as its final episode aired on Monday with comedian Matthew entertaining thousands of viewers with his quirky hosting.
He told the Express that after successfully completing his debut TV performance he is eager to continue his quest to forge a career on the big screen.
“It’s the first time I’ve been in-front of a camera and I really want to do more now,” Matthew said.
“I just imagine that I’m performing to the camera man. I think it’s a lot more nerve-wracking doing a gig above a pub in Croydon.”
The comedian’s TV debut has been the result of years of hard work which all stemmed from his dream to become an actor while he was studying at The Windsor Boys’ School, in Maidenhead Road, between 1993 and 1998.
Since launching his stand-up comedy career in 2010, Matthew has performed in countries across Asia and also had a successful run at this year’s Perth Comedy Festival.
But his big TV break came in August when Lambert Productions, which has also produced Channel 4’s award-winning Gogglebox, put out a message searching for a comedian to host its latest production.
After receiving hundreds of applications, Matthew made it to the final two alongside famous comedian Noel Fielding.
The producers opted for the former Windsor man, who now lives in Hackney.
Matthew said: “To get down to the final two with someone like Noel Fielding makes you feel like you’re doing something right.
“What was really nice was they wanted to work with me in terms of writing the script. As a comedian, that was really important.”
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