Micky Flanagan Wife & Son | A Family Influenced By Drug Filled Past
What Chance Change? presenter Micky Flanagan epitomizes the phrase "late bloomer." In 2007 - at the age of 42 - the British comedian became the oldest comic to be listed for the Best Newcomer Award in Edinburgh.
By the East London native's admission, his wife has been instrumental in his success; both as a staunch supporter and an inspiration behind his stand-up materials. The birth of their son in 2005 meant that Mickey would continue the tradition of marveling over his interaction with his family while performing on-stage.
In a similar vein, the BBC Radio 4 personality, now age 56, doesn't hold back when it comes to using his family's somewhat sketchy past as his bits or in interviews.
Family Dirty Laundry: Criminal Father & Addict Mother
Suffice to say; Mickey didn't grow up in usual circumstances.
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70's was a tough period; the fact that Micky's father Jim had four children to provide for didn't necessarily help. Like many of "the men who came from an East London, Bermondsey background," Jim too found himself involved in low-level crime.
In 2015, the 56-year-old comedian sat down with Andrew Pettie of the Telegraph for an interview to discuss a plethora of topics including his father's criminal past. He said:
"A number of things came along in Del Boy fashion. He took his chances, was unfortunate to get caught and ended up in prison."
Micky, however, was very reluctant to label his father "a criminal." He explained by saying:
"He was an opportunist, I suppose. When you’ve got four kids and someone offers the opportunity to get an easy buck you might just take it."
The East London coppers arrested and threw Jim in prison. For better or worse, it did wonders for him. According to Micky, the prison sentence "smarted and shaped up" his father.
Meanwhile, there was a different time of "crime" brewing at home. The toll of looking after four children on her own proved too much for his mother Sylvie, who got addicted to valium following his father's arrest -- an experience Micky has shared during his stand-up routines.
When asked about her mom's addiction by James Rodger of Birmingham Mail in 2017, the East London native merely said:
"I think for so many women of that generation, tranquilizers were part of everyday life. It wasn't uncommon for certainly East End women to talk half a valium on a stressful day."
Surprisingly, Micky doesn't hold his mother's past addiction to her. He even credits his father and mother for shaping his care-free attitude. Thus, the Back In The Game Live star wishes to impart similar liberal views about the dos and don'ts of drugs consumption onto his son.
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By no means, the What Chance Change? Presenter considers himself a role model for his teenage son, Max.
As for as Micky's concerned, he's not the right person to lecture his son, Max who turned 13 this year, on the evils of drugs. In 2013, talking to Steve Myall of Mirror, then 52-year-old comedian explained:
“My policy towards these things when talking to my son in the future will be that these are the things that will be placed in front of you and if I can genuinely say yes or no that you should do these things then I am a liar...if you want to use me as an example as to what will happen if you stay up until 5 am then you are probably using the wrong example."
Earlier in the interview, he had delved into his hedonistic past by claiming that his peers had an elongated "party hood" because unlike his son's generation, they weren't eager to get married so early.
So it's not a surprise to learn that Micky got married to his wife Cathy when he was in his mid-30's. By the time they had tied the knots in 1996, the stand-up comedian was already beginning to make a name for himself as a comedian in British stand-up scene.
Micky performing his stand-up routine (Photo:- thesun.co.uk)
Today, Micky is one of the most successful comedians in Britian with the estimated net worth of $7.6(£6) million to his same. Despite the success, the married couple's relationship hasn't changed at all. In the same 2014 Mirror interview, he revealed by saying:
“Fortunately my relationship with my wife has not changed one iota since she used to come to gigs with me when I got £30. She treats me exactly the same when I am about to do my seventh night at the O2 as she did back then."
The BBC Radio 4 personality along with wife and son lead a middle-class life, all thanks to his substantial net worth, in the gated London suburbia of Dulwich.