ROSS MCCARTHY. MANAGING DIRECTOR. Ross was born in Manchester to wannabe showbiz parents, his mum was a dancer and his dad was briefly a 1970's TV Cop who went on to hit the heady heights of being a regular extra on Coronation Street - playing 'Man at Bar' watching the continuity of his pint to the left of Jack Duckworth. Descended from Romany Gypsies on one side, and an Irish boxing family on the other, Ross grew up on a (fairly pleasant) council estate in Kent with a sun-bed in the house (you know what models are like) and for many years, including all of his teens and his first year at University, had a permanent sun tan.
After losing his Danny Dyer'esque accent through education and his wife having had a decade's worth of RP training (drama school does that to you), Ross went on to initially focus on Entertainment Format development before being drawn in to production as an Executive Producer to prove his 'un-makeable' formats were in fact makable. He has worked as a creative at some of the UK's leading production companies, including BBC Entertainment, ITV Studios, Wall to Wall and Twenty Twenty.
Ross is the lead Executive Producer across all of Gobstopper's output, including Just Tattoo Of Us Series 1 and 2, studio spin-off show Just Tattoo Of Us: The Aftermath and Gobstopper's new social media driven reality series Single AF, all for MTV International. He also oversees all new format development and spends his spare time furiously walking his dog Knut, coming up with ideas on their preferred walking route around Shoreditch.