EVEN though he is an A-list comedian and has recently made his first Hollywood movie, Jack Whitehall reckons his posh school considers him its “dirty little secret”.
He jokes that he has been erased from its history — unlike another very famous pupil who also attended Marlborough College.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun, Jack explains: “I went to the same secondary school as Kate Middleton and she’s someone they like to talk about.
“I’ve been sending them a letter each year saying maybe now it’s time to put me in the school prospectus or on the walls.
“I feel like I’m their dirty little secret.”
“It’s the same with my first school (The Dragon School in Oxford) — all they ever bang on about is Tim Henman.”
Jack’s frustration is compounded by the Duchess of Cambridge’s sporting records at the private school in Wiltshire which are still standing to this day.
He says: “Kate Middleton is on all the record boards and holds school records — some of which are 20 years old and have never been broken.
“It makes you raise an eyebrow a little as to the validity of some of those awards, bearing in mind every other school record has been broken in recent history other than Kate’s.
“Maybe there is some lenient timekeeping going on at sports days now to make sure her name stays up there.”
Jack, who turned 32 on Tuesday, was speaking ahead of the launch of his new BBC1 show Jack Whitehall’s Sporting Nation which starts on Friday.
The six-part series, in which he tells the story of Britain’s finest sporting achievements as the ultimate armchair fan, was created by Jack’s company Jackpot and Ben and Gabe Turner of Fulwell 73 productions, the team behind sporting documentaries including The Class Of ’92 and Busby.
Jacks says the series was a blessing as it forced him to get into shape.
He had relaxed his Hollywood-style healthy eating and fitness regime in lockdown, tucking into burgers featured on a blog called FoodSlut co-founded by his pal Marcus Petty-Saphon.
He says: “When you’re on TV and on screen all the time, you have to keep quite a strict diet.
“When lockdown happened, I was under the impression that I would not be seen on screen for several months.
“So I went to town eating all the foods that I really liked to eat.
“This show came round and I started exercising very quickly.”
As well as organising a best burger competition on social media to raise money for charity, Jack also performed John Denver classic Annie’s Song with Gary Barlow on Instagram.
And the Brit Awards host credits Gary’s skills in his home studio for making him sound half-decent.
He says: “I love Gary. I did warn him that I was not in any way a singer and then recorded the thing with him.
“I sent him over the best version that I could of the song, which sounded absolutely terrible.
“He posted it online and I was like, ‘That sounds really good, actually. It’s definitely not my voice.’
“Bearing in mind what he’s done to my voice, I can’t trust any of Take That’s voices.”
But perhaps Jack’s highlight of lockdown is his new relationship with 29-year-old model Roxy Horner.
The Sun revealed the pair started dating in April and have been isolating together in his London home with foodie pal Marcus.
And it’s going so well, the star has even let Roxy cut his hair.
He says: “Once you allow someone to cut your hair, that’s a big moment. That’s a big barrier to navigate.
“I allowed her to butcher my hair.
“You have a certain level of trust after that.
“But it got salvaged by my hairdresser and Roxy won’t be allowed near it again.
“She just did one side very aggressively, then we had to cut the rest of the head to fit the side.”
There was a time Jack didn’t care too much about his barnet — and now he shudders at the sight of old pictures of himself.
When he first burst on to the stand-up scene and became a regular on TV comedy panel shows, he had spiky hair and wore jeans so tight they looked sprayed on.
Jack adds: “Every time a repeat comes on from Would I Lie To You, it’s that hair, and I wore some horrific clothes.
“It was a conscious decision to employ a stylist and a proper hairdresser and not cut my own hair.”
There is no doubt his LA-style makeover has benefited his career, with the funnyman having caught the attention of Hollywood bigwigs in recent years.
Disney signed him up to star alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt in family flick Jungle Cruise, which is set to be released next summer after Covid-19 triggered a delay.
Jack is praying the film will eventually be released in cinemas after he was previously snubbed by Disney.
In 2013, the TV joker was cut from the final edit of blockbuster animated hit Frozen where he voiced the character Gothi, a troll priest.
He explains: “It does feel like Disney is playing an elaborate prank on me and that I’ll never be in one of their movies.
“But good things come to those who wait.
“It will be worth the wait, I’m sure.
“It’s just the unknown. Who knows when people will be back in cinemas?
“Obviously I was a little gutted when they said they were delaying it but I think it was 100 per cent the right decision because I don’t think anyone would feel comfortable going to a cinema for a while.
“But I really hope people do go back to the cinema and theatres. The arts are really suffering.”
And once studios kickstart making movies again, he is eying up a dream role of playing a villain.
Jack says: “When I was growing up I loved Alan Rickman and Jeremy Irons.
“Probably playing a cold-hearted b*****d would be my dream film role but I’d probably get lumbered with the comical henchman.
“Or Robin Hood — we need to go back to him being a little more comical. That’s where I’m hoping they move that character.”
For the time being Jack will be commentating on great sporting moments from the comfort of his own home.
He will get the chance to praise his buddy Freddie Flintoff, whose 2005 Ashes heroics feature in one of the episodes.
But Jamie Redknapp, who is also Jack’s close pal and a former co-star on A League Of Their Own, sadly doesn’t get a mention.
Jack adds: “Jamie does not feature in any of the episodes.
“He has been texting me every day asking if there is any way he can be included, saying, ‘Maybe one of those goals I’ve scored at Southampton’.
“I’ve told him that I’m afraid it’s just not going to happen.
“This is about Britain’s greatest sporting moments and you don’t fit into that narrative.”
At least he knows how Jack must feel after being ignored by his old school.
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