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BBC Would I Lie to You: Big Narstie’s life from seeing a man shot dead to the megastar who is godfather to one of his children

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BBC’s Would I Lie to You is back on our screens tonight and Big Narstie will be featuring on it, no doubt he’ll tell some tall tales and some surprisingly true stories.

There are, you’ll come to find, an almost infinite number of interesting things to pick from when it comes to Big Narstie, who has lived quite the life in his years as one of grime’s biggest superstars.

Big Narstie (real name Tyrone Lindo), 35, was born in Brixton, South London and is one of the biggest names in both music and television. These are some of the wildest things you never knew about him:

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Big Narstie is always a laugh when he’s on screen

Writing in his 2020 ‘part-memoir, part-guide to life’, How To Be Big Narstie, he notes that he once saw a man shot dead, although in an interview with The Irish News he declined to elaborate.

The self-styled ‘King of Base’ told the newspaper he could have faced the same fate as many of his Brixton classmates, who he said are either serving long-term jail sentences or are dead.

Recalling a tough upbringing with his father, he said: “I was scared of him sometimes and it’s affected the way I bring my own children up.

“I said to myself, ‘That cycle isn’t going to be passed on to the generation at the end’. It was his story, not mine.”

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Big Narstie has come a long way since his Brixton days and now rubs shoulders with superstars on the daily, which is fair given he is one.

But one megastar with whom he is particularly close is the one and only Ed Sheeran, who is godfather to one of Big Narstie’s children.

Writing in the foreword of the aforementioned book, Ed writes: “Over the last nine years of knowing him he’s never minced his words and is brutally honest with me in his opinions; no beating around the bush, just straight to the point.”

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