Civil Liberties

Scottish Comedian Wins Thousands From Libel Suit

The Daily Mirror described Frankie Boyle as a "racist comedian"


The comedian Frankie Boyle has been awarded £54,650 in damages after a high court jury found that he had been libelled by the Daily Mirror.

Boyle won £50,400 after the jury concluded that he was libelled by an article that described him as a "racist comedian". Jurors awarded the comedian a further £4,250 over the claim in the article that he was "forced to quit" the BBC show Mock the Week.

The publisher of the Daily Mirror, Mirror Group Newspapers, must also pay an undisclosed amount of costs as part of the case.

During the five-day trial before Mr Justice Eady, jurors were shown a string of Boyle's jokes from his Channel 4 show Tramadol Nights and the BBC's Mock the Week.