British Comedians

by claytondobosh | created - 30 Jun 2015 | updated - 17 Jul 2018 | Public

1. Stephen Fry

Actor | Gosford Park

Writer, actor, comedian, doer of good works, excellent good friend to the famous and not, Fry lives in his London SW1 flat and his Norfolk house when not traveling. Famous for his public declaration of celibacy in the "Tatler" back in the 1980s, Emma Thompson has characterised her friend as "90 ...

2. Hugh Laurie

Actor | House M.D.

Hugh was born in Oxford, England on June 11, 1959, to Patricia (Laidlaw) and William George Ranald Mundell "Ran" Laurie, a doctor, both of Scottish descent. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge. Son of an Olympic gold medalist in the sport, he rowed for the England youth team (1977) and for ...

3. Bill Bailey

Actor | Hot Fuzz

Bill Bailey is known for his sharp wit and classic sense of humor. he is most famous for being in Never Mind The Buzzcocks, celebrity game-show in which he is a team captain. Bill is a stand up comedian, and has also starred in cult comedies such as Spaced and of course Black Books. He was given ...

4. Dylan Moran

Actor | Black Books

Irish comedian Dylan Moran was born in Navan, County Meath in 1971. Leaving school without any qualifications at age 16, Moran quickly became attracted to stand-up comedy and debuted, in 1992, at a comedy club in Dublin, The Comedy Cellar. A year later, he won the Channel Four comedy newcomer's "So...

5. Jeremy Clarkson

Self | Top Gear

Jeremy Clarkson was born in 1960 in the Yorkshire town of Doncaster in the North of England, an area renowned for its loud shouting and rampant exaggeration. He went to Repton school but didn't really pay attention and then got a job with a local newspaper where he was famed for stories such as '...

6. David Mitchell

Writer | That Mitchell and Webb Look

David Mitchell was born on 14th July 1974 in Salisbury, England. His parents, Ian and Kathy Mitchell, worked as hotel managers in Salisbury. David also has a brother. In 1977 the family moved to Oxford, where his parents taught a course in hotel management at Oxford Brookes University. David was ...

7. Robert Webb

Actor | That Mitchell and Webb Look

Robert Webb was born on September 29, 1972 in Lincolnshire, England. He is an actor and writer, known for That Mitchell and Webb Look (2006), Peep Show (2003) and The Smoking Room (2004). He has been married to Abigail Burdess since 2006. They have two children.

8. Graham Chapman

Writer | Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Graham Chapman was born on January 8, 1941 in Leicester, England while a German air raid was in progress. Graham's father was a chief police inspector and probably inspired the constables Graham often portrayed later in comedy sketches. Graham studied medicine in college and earned an M.D., but he ...

9. John Cleese

Actor | A Fish Called Wanda

John Cleese was born on October 27, 1939, in Weston-Super-Mare, England, to Muriel Evelyn (Cross) and Reginald Francis Cleese. He was born into a family of modest means, his father being an insurance salesman; but he was nonetheless sent off to private schools to obtain a good education. Here he ...

10. Terry Gilliam

Writer | Brazil

Terry Gilliam was born near Medicine Lake, Minnesota. When he was 12 his family moved to Los Angeles where he became a fan of MAD magazine. In his early twenties he was often stopped by the police who suspected him of being a drug addict and Gilliam had to explain that he worked in advertising. In ...

11. Terry Jones

Writer | Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Terry Jones was born in Colwyn Bay, North Wales. His father was a bank clerk, mother - mistress of the house. He has an older brother, Nigel Jones (1940-). He studied at St. Edmund Hall College, Oxford University. In 1965, with his friend Michael Palin, he made The Late Show (1966) for television, ...

12. Eric Idle

Actor | Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Eric Idle is an English comedian, actor, author, singer, playwright, director, and songwriter. Co-creator of Monty Python on TV, stage, and five films, including The Life of Brian and The Holy Grail, which he later adapted for the stage with John Du Prez as Monty Python's Spamalot, winning the Tony...

13. Michael Palin

Actor | Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Michael Palin is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter. He was one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python.

After the Monty Python television series ended in 1974, the Palin/Jones team worked on Ripping Yarns, an intermittent television comedy series broadcast over ...

14. Jimmy Carr

Writer | 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown

Jimmy Carr is an award-winning comedian, writer and television host.

Among the most-respected and best-loved comedians working in Britain today, Jimmy is one of the biggest selling live acts in UK comedy, consistently performing to sell-out crowds across the country and around the world.

His ...

15. Noel Fielding

Actor | The Mighty Boosh

Noel Fielding was born to Dianne Fielding and Ray Fielding, on May 21 1973. He has once revealed on The Russell Brand Show, on Radio 2, that he has a French grandmother. Fielding once stated that he was never baptised, he hasn't got a middle name and he does not follow any religion. He was once ...

16. Russell Brand

Actor | Arthur

Russell Brand was born on June 4, 1975, in Grays, Essex, England, the son of Barbara Elizabeth (Nichols) and Ronald Henry Brand, a photographer. An only child, his parents divorced when he was only six months old, and he was subsequently raised by his mother. Enduring a difficult childhood that saw...

17. Chris O'Dowd

Actor | Bridesmaids

Christopher "Chris" O'Dowd (born 9 October, 1979) is an Irish actor and comedian best known for his role as Roy Trenneman in the Channel 4 comedy The IT Crowd (2006). O'Dowd created and is starring in the Sky 1 television series Moone Boy (2012). He had a recurring role on the drama series Girls (...

18. Richard Ayoade

Writer | Submarine

Richard Ellef Ayoade was born in Hammersmith, and grew up in Suffolk, in England, the son of a Norwegian mother, Dagny Amalie (Baassuik), and a Nigerian father, Layide Ade Laditi Ayoade. He studied Law at Cambridge university, and followed in the footsteps of British Comedy legends like Monty ...

19. Sacha Baron Cohen

Actor | Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

British actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was born in Hammersmith, London. He is the son of Daniella (Weiser), a movement instructor, and Gerald Baron Cohen, a clothing store owner. His father, born in England and raised in Wales, was of Eastern European Jewish descent, while his mother was born...

20. Ricky Gervais

Writer | The Office

Ricky Dene Gervais was born in a suburb of Reading, Berkshire, to Eva Sophia (House) and Lawrence Raymond Gervais, who was a hod carrier and labourer. His father was born in Ontario, Canada, of French-Canadian descent, and his mother was English. He was educated at Ashmead Comprehensive School and ...

21. Stephen Merchant

Producer | Extras

Stephen Merchant was born on November 24, 1974 in Bristol, England. He is a producer and writer, known for Extras (2005), The Office (2005) and Logan (2017).

22. Warwick Davis

Actor | Willow

English actor Warwick Davis was born in Epsom, Surrey, England, the son of Susan J. (Pain) and Ashley Davis, an insurance broker. Davis was born with the condition spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenital (SED), which caused his dwarfism. He was educated at City of London Freemen's School. When he ...

23. Karl Pilkington

Producer | The Ricky Gervais Show

Karl Pilkington is best known as the star of Sky 1 travel documentary series An Idiot Abroad and The Moaning of Life. Karl is also a Sunday Times best-selling author, having written seven books. Hist first scripted comedy series Sick of It debuted on Sky 1 in 2018 and series 2 will launch in 2019.

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24. Eddie Izzard

Actor | Ocean's Thirteen

Best-known for his surreal and digressive stand-up, British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard was born on February 7, 1962, in Aden, Yemen, where his English parents -- Dorothy Ella, a nurse and midwife, and Harold John Izzard, an accountant -- worked for British Petroleum.

Izzard worked as a street ...

25. Billy Connolly

Actor | Brave

Billy Connolly was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. He left school to work in the shipyards becoming a welder and joined the Territorial Army (in the parachute regiment) at around the same time. He developed an interest in folk music, eventually becoming an accomplished banjo player and a ...

26. Rowan Atkinson

Actor | Johnny English

Rowan Sebastian Atkinson was born on 6 January, 1955, in Consett, Co. Durham, UK, to Ella May (Bainbridge) and Eric Atkinson. His father owned a farm, where Rowan grew up with his two older brothers, Rupert and Rodney. He attended Newcastle University and Oxford University where he earned degrees ...

27. Dara O Briain

Self | Mock the Week

Dara O Briain was born on February 4, 1972 in Wicklow, Ireland. He is a producer and writer, known for Mock the Week (2005), The Panel (2003) and Dara O Briain: Craic Dealer Live (2012). He has been married to Susan since 2006. They have two children.

28. Sean Lock

Writer | 15 Storeys High

Sean Lock was born on April 22, 1963 in Chertsey, Surrey, England as Sean M. Lock. He is a writer and actor, known for 15 Storeys High (2002), Ideal (2005) and This Filthy Earth (2001).

29. Rob Brydon

Actor | Marion & Geoff

Rob Brydon was born on May 3, 1965 in Swansea, Wales as Robert Brydon Jones. He is an actor and writer, known for Marion & Geoff (2000), The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) and Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005). He has been married to Claire Holland since October 6, 2006. They have ...

30. Simon Pegg

Actor | Shaun of the Dead

English actor, writer and comedian Simon Pegg was born Simon John Beckingham in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, to Gillian Rosemary (Smith), a civil servant, and John Henry Beckingham, a jazz musician. His parents divorced when Pegg was seven. He later took his stepfather's surname, "Pegg". He was ...

31. Nick Frost

Actor | Paul

Nick Frost is an English actor, screenwriter and comedian. He is known for his work in the series of British comedic genre films The Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013). He also co-starred in Paul (2011), with frequent collaborator ...

32. Alan Davies

Actor | Jonathan Creek

Alan lived in Loughton, Essex for most of his life, until he left to pursue a career in comedy. He now lives in Islington in north London. He is the second of three children, born in Essex, and has an older brother and a younger sister. He was raised by his father, an accountant when his mother ...

33. Rik Mayall

Actor | The Young Ones

Rik Mayall, one of the first and foremost alternative comedians in the UK, was born in a village called Matching Tye, just outside Harlow in Essex. His parents, John and Gillian were both drama teachers. His acting debut was at the age of seven when he appeared in one of his father's stage plays. ...

34. Graham Norton

Writer | So Graham Norton

Graham Norton was born on April 4, 1963 in County Cork, Ireland as Graham Walker. He is an actor and writer, known for So Graham Norton (1998), Another Gay Movie (2006) and Father Ted (1995).

35. Jo Brand

Writer | Getting On

Jo Brand was born on July 23, 1957 in London, England as Josephine Grace Brand. She is a writer and actress, known for Getting On (2009), The More You Ignore Me (2018) and Damned (2016). She has been married to Bernie Bourke since December 19, 1997. They have two children.

36. Jack Whitehall

Actor | The Bad Education Movie

Jack Whitehall was a child actor in various television dramas, but decided to pursue stand-up comedy after leaving school. He was a finalist in the So You Think You're Funny talent hunt at last year's Edinburgh Fringe, and was nominated for best newcomer at this year's Chortle Awards. In December ...

37. Ross Noble

Actor | Stitches

Ross Noble was born on June 6, 1976 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England as Ross Markham Noble. He is a writer and producer, known for Stitches (2012), Ross Noble: Freewheeling (2013) and Ross Noble's Australian Trip (2009). He is married to Fran Noble. They have two children.

38. Matt Berry

Actor | Toast of London

Matt Berry was born on May 2, 1974 in Bromham, Bedfordshire, England as Matthew Charles Berry. He is an actor and writer, known for Toast of London (2012), The IT Crowd (2006) and Snuff Box (2006).

39. Phill Jupitus

Actor | Mike Bassett: England Manager

Phill became a familiar face when he started as team captain on BBC2's pop quiz Never Mind the Buzzcocks in 1996, which went on to run for 19 years. Aside from live poetry and stand-up shows all over the UK, he also appears as a regular guest on QI (BBC2) and Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled (Dave) and...

40. Simon Amstell

Writer | Benjamin

Amstell was born on 29 November 1979 and was raised in Gants Hill, London. The lively and determined chap made his first television appearance in 1993 when he appeared as a contestant on the Channel 4 game show GamesMaster (1992-1998), which he unfortunately lost, but this did not falter him on his...

41. Nish Kumar

Writer | The Kumars

Nish Kumar was born on August 26, 1985 in Wandsworth, London, England. He is an actor and writer, known for The Kumars (2014), Chris Ramsey's Stand Up Central (2017) and Comedians of the World (2019).

42. Sarah Millican

Writer | The Sarah Millican Television Programme

Sarah Millican was born on May 29, 1975 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England as Sarah Jane King. She is known for her work on The Sarah Millican Television Programme (2012), Sarah Millican: Control Enthusiast Live (2018) and QI (2003). She has been married to Gary Delaney since December 2013. ...

43. Romesh Ranganathan

Actor | The Reluctant Landlord

Romesh Ranganathan is an actor and producer, known for The Reluctant Landlord (2018), Funny Valentines (2015) and Zeit der Kannibalen (2014).

44. Ed Byrne

Actor | Are You Ready for Love?

Ed Byrne was born on April 10, 1972 in Swords, Dublin, Ireland. He is an actor and writer, known for Are You Ready for Love? (2006), Sam's Game (2001) and Aladdin (2000). He has been married to Claire Walker since June 5, 2008. They have two children.

45. Jon Richardson

Actor | Drunk History: UK

Jon Richardson was born on September 26, 1982 in Lancaster, Lancashire, England as Jon Joel Richardson. He is a writer and actor, known for Drunk History: UK (2015), Rob Delaney's Stand Up Central (2018) and Stand Up for the Week (2010). He has been married to Lucy Beaumont since April 2015. They ...

46. Daniel Sloss

Writer | M.U.F.F

Daniel Sloss is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning Scottish comedian, who has appeared on 'Conan' a record* number of times (* 8 sets to date), performed 3 solo New York seasons off-Broadway, released 2 hour-long comedy specials for Netflix in 2018 ("DARK" and "Jigsaw") and for the past...



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