He started performing as a comedian at age 23, after earning an English Literature degree from Sussex University. He first began to receive attention after performing at The Stand Comedy Club in Edinburgh.
He earned a top-selling comedy DVD with Frankie Boyle: Live in 2008.
He has two children with longtime partner Shereen Taylor. His son was born in 2007 and his daughter was born in 2004.
He made a special guest appearance on the Graham Norton Show in 2007.