Bob Mortimer shares snap from his time living in a homeless hostel in Peckham in the 1980s
Bob Mortimer, the popular British comedian, has recently shared an old black and white photo of himself in the 1980s living in a homeless hostel in Peckham.
The 63-year-old took to Twitter to share the image, which shows him looking pensively into the camera, wearing a beige shirt and a flat cap.
The photo was taken at the Peckham homeless hostel, which Mortimer lived in during the 1980s when he was studying law in London.
He wrote on Twitter: “Me in Peckham homeless hostel in the 1980s. I was studying law at the time.”
Mortimer, who is best known for his comedy partnership with Vic Reeves, was born in Hartlepool, County Durham, and moved to London in the 1980s.
The comedian previously revealed he once lived in a hostel and on the streets in order to make ends meet while studying.
He said: “I was living in a hostel in Peckham. It was a kind of halfway house. I was living on the dole and I had to go to the job centre every week. It was a very depressing time for me.”
Mortimer has since gone on to have a hugely successful career in comedy, performing alongside Vic Reeves in shows such as ‘Shooting Stars’, ‘Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)’ and ‘Catterick’.
The comedian has also appeared in several other shows, including ‘The Virgin Queen’, ‘Not Going Out’ and ‘Would I Lie To You?’, and is currently the star of the BBC Two panel show ‘Taskmaster’.
Mortimer’s post has resonated with many of his fans, with one commenting: “This is incredible. To think of where you are now compared to where you were then. Inspirational.”
The comedian’s story is a powerful reminder of the importance of hard work and determination and shows how far one can come with a bit of effort and dedication.