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Doncaster Features: Famous Doncastrian: Harry Hill

Harry Hill, TV Burp comedian, tried to be a doctor before hitting the heights of stand up and TV comedy.

Born in Surrey, he studied at St George's Hospital Medical School before training in neurosurgery at the University of London.

Then, after becoming qualified, Harry's first post was in the early 1990's as a house officer at Doncaster Royal Infirmary. Then he was known as Dr Matthew Hall.

Of his time at DRI, Harry told The Times Magazine: "I delivered babies, I tried to resuscitate people who died, I met lunatics, but I never really felt like I knew what I was doing. I was just this bloke in a white coat looking worried. If you're a doctor, you're supposed to want really interesting cases. I spent the whole time hoping that no one was going to get ill."

In the Guardian later he also said in interview: "When I was a junior houseman at Doncaster Royal Infirmary I'd go to the canteen and load up a tray, get to the till, pay, sit down, then be called to a cardiac arrest. When I'd get back it'd be cold, so I'd get crisps or a sandwich."

Around 1990 Harry began toying with the idea of becoming a full-time stand-up comedian. Funnily enough, none of his superiors at Doncaster Royal Infirmary discouraged him from doing so, and eventually he quit the medical profession. He has been quoted as saying it was because he "didn't feel in control of what was happening".

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