James Acaster‘s brand of humor is not for everyone and you can find the two groups who love and hate him, screaming at each other in the comment section of his videos. But one thing is for certain, the comedian knows how to construct and deliver a show, whether funny or not. One of the big story threads of his show is James’ girlfriends and subsequent breakups all the way to 2021 and we are taking a look at it all here.
The English comedian was born on 9 January 1985 in Kettering, Northamptonshire, England. He lived in Kettering most of his life, finishing his high school there and later attending college and working in the place he grew up in. While he did not grow up wanting to do comedy, James later fell in love with the art form and forged a career in comedy.
In 2009 he formally started his career in comedy and was later nominated five times for Best Show. He also recently started a podcast with fellow comedians and released a comedy live show miniseries, a first of its kind on Netflix. And one of the main themes in his comedy has been relationship so here we take a look through all his past girlfriends and flings and the aftermath of what happened after breakups.
James Acaster Girlfriend 2021 – Timeline of His Relationships
Relationships make for the best comedy and there are hundreds of comedians who make their past and present relationships with their boyfriends or girlfriend as main segments of their set. While most comedians simply resort to name-calling or self-deprecating humor, James Acaster on the other uses his girlfriends as learning or laughing experiences.
One of his recent shows on Vimeo has a 20 minute segment of the comedian breaking up with people or others breaking up with him. From managers, therapist to romantic partners, it makes for hilarious set but he also has one of the funniest stories of girlfriend leaving him that we have ever heard.
James Acaster’s Girlfriend Louise Ford Left Him for Rowan Atkinson
It has happened to all of us, seeing our girlfriend, either online or in-person, walking around with another guy. The situation is not particularly pleasant but imagine dating someone and a year later you see a full-page article and picture of her with another guy, famous guy, that is going to sting. Also, that is exactly what happened to James Acaster.
James was dating his girlfriend Louise Ford from late 2010 and they were happy for a while but in 2012 she got a part in a play with Rowan Atkinson. In a comedy special James said ever since the experience on the play the two were a bit distant and she soon the relationship ended. In 2014 he was single and working when a full page picture came across his face with his former girlfriend now dating Rowan Atkinson.
“I got left for Mr Bean, I found out a year after we split up. I opened the newspaper and there was a full-page story. No one else in the history of time has ever been left for Mr Bean.” The comedian said he held onto that information for a few years and only recently used in a comedy set. It is kind of a hilarious situation knowing the young James Acaster was left for Mr. Bean. But things have worked out for Louise as Rowan and she welcomed their daughter in 2015.
Moving on With Fellow Comedian Rose Matafeo
After the breakup with Louise Ford, the comedian took about a year to get back on the horse again. He soon started dating New Zealander Rose Matafeo who is also a comedian and actress. They were together from 2015 to the end of 2016 and you can see find pictures of the two together on Rose’s Instagram page.
James’ then-girlfriend shared pictures of their text where she explains how weird and funny her county is. There are also pictures of the former couple doing stage work together and chilling wearing matching T-shirts. The relationship lasted about two years and then circumstances resulted in the two to separate.
After the split, James said he went on a downward spiral as he had stopped focusing on his mental health. Soon he was going through relationships fast and realizing he needed to take care of himself first before jumping back in the game. James Acaster wrote in his book that he had suicidal thoughts and needed professional help. He also detailed how he had to get rid of his therapist and manager who seemed not too concerned with his health.
The bad time from late 2016 to 2017 is what he considers to be his down period. Now the comedian is in a good place and when asked about his relationship in 2021, his answer is simple, he is giving himself time. The past experiences made him understand that without time to heal, it was no good for him or his future girlfriend to be in a relationship.
So, in 2021 Jame Acaster is single and living a happy life away from relationship drama and taking care of his mental health. James’ star is still on the rise as his latest special received high praise and he is also an American meme, so things are pretty good right now for the British comedian.
Interview – Rose Matafeo: ‘Having a kid is the death of a certain kind of life’
wear a prosthetic bump, fake a bloody water birth and share your plans for motherhood with a parade of strangers: this seems like a devious form of torture for an anxiety-prone millennial, ambivalent about having children but conscious of her biological clock. Yet it was an act of sadism that New Zealand comedian and 2018 Edinburgh comedy award winner Rose Matafeo willingly went through when starring in Baby Done, a sweet if acerbic romcom about bracing for parenthood at a time in life when other paths seem possible – even preferable.
The Taika Waititi-produced comedy, based by husband-and-wife team Curtis Vowell (director) and Sophie Henderson (writer) on their own lives, sees Matafeo play Zoe, a headstrong arborist whose dreams of international adventure risk being thwarted by an unplanned pregnancy. In a committed relationship with Tim (Matthew Lewis, AKA Harry Potter’s Neville Longbottom), Zoe never questions her decision to have the baby – but that doesn’t mean she wants to “turn into a mum”. As Zoe panics about never having done drugs or gone bungee jumping, she outlines the timeline women are meant to follow: “Married, house, baby, done.”
That trajectory loomed just as large on set in Auckland, with Matafeo surrounded by mothers and babies. “The biological or societal pressure to start thinking about that stuff – I found it all too relatable,” she says, Zooming from her London flat. As an “overthinker – of everything”, her response to “all the freakiness of pretending to be pregnant” was to resolve that it was not for her. “My mind went: ‘No no no; I’m not having a kid.’”
Rounding in on 13 years in comedy, the 28-year-old’s standup instincts are well honed. Since Matafeo took the top award at the 2018 2018 Edinburgh fringe with her show Horndog, she has been unstoppable, even during a pandemic. She says 2020 was a “suspiciously busy year” – as well as Baby Done, a January run of Horndog in the West End was filmed for a TV special (it arrives on BBC Three next month), and she has been hard at work on Starstruck, a BBC and HBO series due to launch later this year.
As her star has risen on both sides of the Atlantic, Matafeo has been praised for her relatable riffing on hapless relationships, sexual inexperience and obsessive interests. Her style is one of intense self-deprecation, sans cynicism; she is wry, big-hearted and endearingly passionate, and she also frequently taps into that baseline millennial condition: anxiety. In Horndog, Matafeo explored her insecurities about having kissed “nearly 10” men in her life, while her response to her fear of dying, aged 23, was to stage her own funeral at comedy festivals around the world.
Baby Done builds on those preoccupations. It is hard to miss the similarities between Zoe’s “bucket list” and Matafeo’s preemptive rejection of motherhood: both attempt to impose control – or an illusion of it – on an uncertain future. “Our generation tends to overthink and over-plan for things in life,” she says; the choices seem more and the pressure greater, if only through the distorted-looking glass of social media.
Complicated, ambivalent, messy stories of parenthood – ones that acknowledge that “sometimes your mum was not totally stoked to have you” – are still not often told, she says. “I think that’s something that spoke to a lot of newer mums, watching this film. When you have a kid, it is the death of a certain life, but it’s also the start of a new version of it. I think that’s what people are so scared of – especially millennials going: ‘Oh my God, all of this freedom I have.’”
Work is her source of “meaning and fulfilment” – to the point that last year Matafeo was desperate to get back to a Covid-ravaged UK after five months back home in New Zealand. “It’s unhealthy because I tie so much of my self-worth to my ability to create shit. But isn’t that capitalism?”