Category:Male actors from Surrey
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1. Christian Bale – Christian Charles Philip Bale is an English actor. He has starred both in films and smaller projects from independent producers and art houses. Bale first caught the eye at the age of 13. Based on the story by J. G. Ballard, Bale played an English boy who is separated from his parents. In 2000, he garnered acclaim for his portrayal of serial killer Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. He is known for going to lengths to portray characters in films, notably for the psychological thriller The Machinist. Bale went on to greater commercial recognition for his starring role as Batman in Christopher Nolans Batman Begins, The Dark Knight. His portrayal of Dicky Eklund in the David O. Russell-directed biographical film The Fighter, earned him critical acclaim, Bale was born in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, the son of Jenny, a circus performer, and David Bale, an entrepreneur, commercial pilot and talent manager. His mother is English and his father was born in South Africa, to English parents, Bale has remarked, I was born in Wales and he spent his childhood in Wales, Surrey and Dorset in England, and Portugal. Bale acknowledged that the frequent relocation had a influence on his career choice. He attended Bournemouth School, but left at age 16 and his first acting role was a commercial for the fabric softener Lenor in 1982. A year later, he appeared in a Pac-Man cereal commercial playing a rock star. In 1984, he made his debut in The Nerd on Londons West End with Rowan Atkinson. Bales parents divorced in 1991, and while his mother and sister Sharon stayed in Bournemouth, in 1990, he played the role of Jim Hawkins opposite Charlton Heston in Treasure Island, an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevensons classic book. Bale starred in the musical films Newsies and Swing Kids, the latter about teenagers who secretly listened to jazz during the rise of Nazi Germany. Bale was recommended by actress Winona Ryder to star in Gillian Armstrongs 1994 film Little Women, Bale also voiced Thomas, a young compatriot of Captain John Smith, in Disneys Pocahontas and in 1997 played Arthur Stuart in Velvet Goldmine, Todd Haynes tribute to glam rock. In 1999, Bale played serial killer Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, Bale was briefly dropped from the project in favour of Leonardo DiCaprio, but DiCaprio eventually dropped out to star in The Beach, and Bale was cast once again. He went so far as to himself from the cast
2. Andrew Garfield – Andrew Russell Garfield is a British American actor. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Epsom, Surrey, Garfield began his career on the UK stage and he made his feature-film debut in the 2007 ensemble drama Lions for Lambs. Garfield subsequently received praise for his performance as the character in the 2012 superhero film The Amazing Spider-Man. He has also performed on stage, playing Biff in the 2012 Broadway revival of Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman, in 2014, he co-produced and starred in the thriller-drama 99 Homes. In 2016, Garfield starred in two critically acclaimed dramas, Mel Gibsons Hacksaw Ridge and Martin Scorseses Silence. His portrayal of Desmond T. Doss in the former earned him nominations for the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, BAFTA, Garfield was born in Los Angeles County, California. His mother, Lynn, is from Essex, England, and his father, Garfields paternal grandparents were also from the United Kingdom. His parents moved the family from Los Angeles to Great Britain when he was three years old, and Garfield was raised in Epsom, Surrey, in a middle-class home, Garfields father is Jewish, Garfield had a secular upbringing, though he has described himself as Jewish. His paternal grandparents were from Jewish immigrant families who had moved to London from Central and Eastern Europe, Garfields parents ran a small interior design business, his mother is a teaching assistant at a nursery school, and his father became head coach of the Guildford Swimming Club. He has a brother who is a doctor. Garfield was a gymnast and a swimmer during his early years and he had originally intended to study business but became interested in acting at the age of sixteen. Garfield began taking acting classes in Silchar, Surrey, when he was 9 and he also joined a small youth theatre workshop group in Epsom, and began working primarily in stage acting. Garfield made his British television debut in 2005 appearing in the Channel 4 teen drama Sugar Rush, in 2007 he garnered public attention when he appeared in the series 3 of the BBCs Doctor Who, in the episodes Daleks in Manhattan and Evolution of the Daleks. Garfield commented that it was an honour to be a part of Doctor Who, in October 2007, he was named one of Varietys 10 Actors to Watch. He made his American film debut in November 2007, playing an American university student in the ensemble drama Lions for Lambs, with co-stars Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. Im just lucky to be working on the same project as them, although I dont really expect to be recognised later by audiences. In his review for The Boston Globe, Wesley Morris considered Garfields work a willing punching bag for the movies jabs, in the Channel 4 drama Boy A, released in November 2007, he portrayed a notorious killer trying to find new life after prison. The role garnered him the 2008 British Academy Television Award for Best Actor, amy Biancolli of the Houston Chronicle wrote that there is no doubt about the intelligence and sensitivity of Garfields portrayal
3. Laurence Olivier – Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM, was an English actor who, along with his contemporaries Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud, dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century. He also worked in films throughout his career, playing more than fifty cinema roles, late in his career, he had considerable success in television roles. His family had no connections, but Oliviers father, a clergyman. After attending a school in London, Olivier learned his craft in a succession of acting jobs during the late 1920s. In 1930 he had his first important West End success in Noël Cowards Private Lives, in 1935 he played in a celebrated production of Romeo and Juliet alongside Gielgud and Peggy Ashcroft, and by the end of the decade he was an established star. In the 1940s, together with Richardson and John Burrell, Olivier was the co-director of the Old Vic, there his most celebrated roles included Shakespeares Richard III and Sophocless Oedipus. From 1963 to 1973 he was the director of Britains National Theatre. His own parts there included the role in Othello and Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. Among Oliviers films are Wuthering Heights, Rebecca, and a trilogy of Shakespeare films as actor-director, Henry V, Hamlet and his later films included Sleuth, Marathon Man, and The Boys from Brazil. His television appearances included an adaptation of The Moon and Sixpence, Long Days Journey into Night, Love Among the Ruins, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Brideshead Revisited, Oliviers honours included a knighthood, a life peerage and the Order of Merit. For his on-screen work he received four Academy Awards, two British Academy Film Awards, five Emmy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards. The National Theatres largest auditorium is named in his honour, and he is commemorated in the Laurence Olivier Awards, given annually by the Society of London Theatre. He was married three times, to the actresses Jill Esmond from 1930 to 1940, Vivien Leigh from 1940 to 1960, Olivier was born in Dorking, Surrey, the youngest of the three children of the Revd Gerard Kerr Olivier and his wife Agnes Louise, née Crookenden. Their elder children were Sybille and Gerard Dacres Dickie and his great-great-grandfather was of French Huguenot descent, and Olivier came from a long line of Protestant clergymen. Gerard Olivier had begun a career as a schoolmaster, but in his thirties he discovered a strong religious vocation and was ordained as a priest of the Church of England and he practised extremely high church, ritualist Anglicanism and liked to be addressed as Father Olivier. This made him unacceptable to most Anglican congregations, and the church posts he was offered were temporary. This meant a nomadic existence, and for Laurences first few years, in 1912, when Olivier was five, his father secured a permanent appointment as assistant priest at St Saviours, Pimlico. He held the post for six years, and a family life was at last possible
4. Reginald Denny (actor) – Reginald Leigh Denny was an English stage, film and television actor as well as an aviator and UAV pioneer. He was once an amateur boxing champion of Great Britain, years later he joined an opera company as a baritone, and toured India. After continuing his career in America, his film career started in 1915 with the old World Film Company. He came from a family which went to the United States in 1912 to appear in the stage production Quaker Girl. His father was the actor and singer W. H. Denny, Reginald appeared in John Barrymores 1920 Broadway production of Richard III, the two actors became friends. Denny was an actor in silent films and with the advent of talkies. His last role was in Batman as Commodore Schmidlapp and he made frequent appearances in television during the 1950s and 1960s. He served as an observer/gunner in World War I in the Royal Flying Corps, in the early 1930s, Denny became interested in radio controlled model aeroplanes. He and his business partners formed Reginald Denny Industries and opened a model shop in 1934 known as Reginald Denny Hobby Shops. He bought a design from Walter Righter in 1938 and began marketing it as the Dennyplane. In 1940, Denny and his partners won a US Army contract for their radio-controlled target drone and they manufactured nearly fifteen thousand drones for the US Army during the Second World War. The company was purchased by Northrop in 1952, marilyn Monroe was discovered working as an assembler at Radioplane. A photographer assigned by Dennys friend, Army publicist Captain Ronald Reagan, took several shots and persuaded her to work as a model, Reginald Denny died on 16 June 1967 in his 75th year after suffering a stroke whilst in England. His body was buried at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles and he was survived by his widow, Betsy who died in 1996 aged 89 and their three children. Denny was preceded in death by his daughter, Barbara Denny-Simmons who died in 1948, at age 32
5. Tom Felton – Thomas Andrew Tom Felton is an English actor. Felton began appearing in commercials when he was eight years old for such as Commercial Union. He made his debut in the role of Peagreen Clock in The Borrowers and he portrayed Louis T. Leonowens in Anna. He rose to prominence for his role as Draco Malfoy in the film adaptions of the best-selling Harry Potter fantasy novels by J. K. His performances in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter, following the conclusion of the series in 2011, Felton appeared in the 2011 film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a reboot of the Planet of the Apes series. He had roles in the minor films From the Rough and The Apparition, starred as James Ashford in the critically acclaimed drama film Belle, followed by roles in In Secret. Feltons 2016 films include the biblical drama Risen, alongside Joseph Fiennes. He portrays Julian Albert / Doctor Alchemy on The Flash, Felton was born in Epsom, the son of Sharon and Peter Felton. He was educated at West Horsleys Cranmore School, until the age of thirteen and he then attended The Howard of Effingham School which is a high school that is located in Effingham that specialises in Sciences. Felton is a singer and was part of a choir at the age of seven and he was a member of four school choirs and was given the chance to be part of the Guildford Cathedral Choir. He has three brothers, Ashley, Jonathan and Chris. Felton is the youngest of four sons, Felton began acting in adverts for companies such as Commercial Union and Barclaycard. In 1995, he performed the voice of James in the television series Bugs, Felton played witness Thomas Ingham opposite Clive Owen in Second Sight in 1999. Feltons role of Louis T. Leonowens in the film Anna, Felton made an appearance in the episode Hide and Seek of Second Sight 2 followed in 2000. The Guildford Cathedral Choir also offered him a position, by autumn 2001, Felton had become known internationally for his portrayal of Draco Malfoy, the bully, enemy and foil of Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. He appeared in all of the Harry Potter films, before landing the part of Malfoy, Felton had auditioned to play Harry Potter and Ron Weasley. Of the four actors who succeeded in getting the main roles. Thereafter Feltons schedule began to fill with the work of filming the first four films, premieres and he also received the Disney Channels Kids Awards for Best DVD for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on 22 September 2003
6. Bill Nighy – William Francis Bill Nighy is an English actor. He worked in theatre and television before his first cinema role in 1981, Nighy became known for his performance in Love Actually. Other notable roles in cinema include his portrayal of Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Mans Chest, Nighy was born on 12 December 1949 in Caterham, Surrey. Also of part Irish descent, Nighy was brought up as a Roman Catholic and he has two elder siblings, Martin and Anna. Nighy attended the John Fisher School, a Roman Catholic grammar school in Purley and he left the school with two O-levels and then took a job with The Croydon Advertiser as a messenger boy. He went on to train at the Guildford School of Acting, after two seasons at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, Nighy made his London stage debut at the National Theatre in an epic staging of Ken Campbell and Chris Langhams Illuminatus. Which opened the new Cottesloe Theatre on 4 March 1977, during the 1980s, he appeared in several television productions, among them Hitlers SS, Portrait in Evil, alongside John Shea and Tony Randall. He has starred in radio and television dramas, notably the BBC serial The Mens Room. He claimed that the serial, an Ann Oakley novel adapted by Laura Lamson, was the job which launched his career, more recently he has featured in the thriller State of Play and costume drama He Knew He Was Right. He played Samwise Gamgee in the 1981 BBC Radio dramatisation of The Lord of the Rings and he starred alongside Stephen Moore and Lesley Sharp in the acclaimed short radio drama Kertons Story, first aired in 1996. He had a role in the 2002 return of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. He has also made a guest appearance in the BBC Radio 4 series Baldi, two of Nighys most acclaimed stage performances were in National Theatre productions. Nighy received some recognition by American audiences for his portrayal of overaged rock star Ray Simms in the 1998 film Still Crazy. In 2003, Nighy played the role of the Vampire Elder Viktor in the American production Underworld and he returned in the same role in the sequel Underworld, Evolution in 2006, and again in the prequel Underworld, Rise of the Lycans in 2009. He also appeared in the comedy Shaun of the Dead, in early 2004, The Sunday Times reported that Nighy was on the shortlist for the role of the Ninth Doctor in the 2005 revival of the BBC television series Doctor Who. Christopher Eccleston ultimately filled the role, in 2005, he appeared as Slartibartfast in the film adaptation of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. He also appeared in the one-off BBC One comedy-drama The Girl in the Café, in February 2006, he appeared in scriptwriter Stephen Poliakoffs one-off drama, Gideons Daughter. Nighy played the character, Gideon, a successful events organiser who begins to lose touch with the world around him
7. Sam Worthington – Samuel Henry John Sam Worthington is an English-Australian actor. He played the character role of Alex Mason in the Call of Duty. In 2004, Worthington received Australias highest film award for his role in Somersault. He performed predominantly in leading roles in a variety of films before moving to major studio films. Worthington was born to English parents in Godalming, Surrey, in South East England and he grew up in Warnbro, a suburb of Rockingham. His mother, Jeanne J. a housewife, brought him and his father, Ronald W. Worthington, was a power plant employee. He attended John Curtin College of the Arts, a school specialising in the arts, located in Fremantle, Western Australia. When he left the college, his father gave him $400 and sent him on a trip to Cairns, Queensland. He began working on construction and odd jobs, eventually settling in Sydney, at age 19, while working as a bricklayer, he auditioned for the National Institute of Dramatic Art and was accepted with a scholarship. Worthington had a role in Somersault and played the lead in a modern Australian retelling of Macbeth. He won the AFI Award for Best Lead Actor for his role in Somersault and he was well known in Australia for his role as Howard in the acclaimed Australian TV series Love My Way, in which he played the main love interest of the female lead. Worthingtons international film career began with a series of roles in Hollywood production The Great Raid. He auditioned for the role of James Bond in Casino Royale and he starred in the Australian creature-feature film Rogue, as a man named Neil, which gained a 100% fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes. In Terminator Salvation, Worthington plays cyborg Marcus Wright who assists the humans despite their suspicions of him, shot prior to the release of Terminator Salvation, the James Cameron-directed science-fiction film Avatar was Worthingtons next project. The film went on to become the film of all time. In November 2010, Worthington told GQ Australia that he went to audition, so he did his part, left, forgot about it – and was called back. I was a bit pissed off, and I think that came across, I think Jim saw a spark and liked it because thats Sullys character – a guy who doesnt like to be bullied and a guy who just wants to set things right. He provided voice work for Captain Alex Mason, the protagonist character in the video game Call of Duty, some gamers criticised Worthingtons inability to mask his Australian accent, as in Avatar
8. Brian Blessed – Brian Blessed OBE is an English actor famous for work on the stage, television, radio and in films. Blessed was born on 9 October 1936 in Mexborough, Yorkshire, the son of William Blessed, a socialist coal miner at Hickleton Main Colliery, Blessed was born at Montagu Hospital in Mexborough, Yorkshire. His great-great-grandfather Jabez Blessed, the father of 13 children, found work as a china and glass dealer in Brigg, Lincolnshire, Blessed went to Bolton on Dearne Secondary Modern School and started drama training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. One of Blesseds earliest roles was that of PC Fancy Smith in the BBC television series Z-Cars, in 1966, he appeared in a production of Incident at Vichy at the Phoenix Theatre in London. In 1967, he played Porthos in a 10-part BBC adaptation of The Three Musketeers, Blessed also had minor roles in cult TV series such as The Avengers and the original Randall and Hopkirk. He appeared as William Woodcock in the Yorkshire Television series Boy Dominic and he played Caesar Augustus in the BBC Two drama series I, Claudius and Basileos in The Aphrodite Inheritance. He hosted a docudrama on the life of Johann Sebastian Bach called The Joy of Bach, on stage, he starred in Andrew Lloyd Webbers musical, Cats, as both Old Deuteronomy and Bustopher Jones, for the original 1981 West End theatre production. Other roles have emphasised Blesseds comedic abilities, in particular, Prince Vultan in the film Flash Gordon, for which he is remembered for the exclamations Gordons alive. Blessed has joked that he was due to appear in Blackadder II as Elizabeth I, in 1997, Blessed portrayed Squire Western in the BBC adaptation of Henry Fieldings 1749 comic novel Tom Jones. He later recalled accidentally punching Peter Capaldi whilst filming and said of the event, Blessed was one of the narrators for Story Teller, a childrens magazine partwork series in the 1980s. He has further provided vocal links for the Sony-Award-winning Christian OConnell Breakfast Show on Virgin Radio, in 2002, under the direction of Royal Shakespeare Company director Adrian Noble, he originated the role of Baron Bomburst for the stage musical version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. From December 2005 to January 2006, Blessed headlined the Christmas pantomime production of Peter Pan, alongside CBBC presenter Kirsten OBrien, at Ipswichs Regent Theatre. From 2007 to 2008, he appeared in the play as Captain Hook at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable, he reprised the role for the Christmas 2008 season at the Fairfield Halls. For Christmas 2006, he presented a production of Cinderella for Virgin Radio, starring David Tennant, Thandie Newton, since October 2008, Blessed has presented the English-language dub of the Japanese TV game show Unbeatable Banzuke on Challenge, under the pseudonym Banzuke Brian. He was the narrator of the Sky 1 series Crash Test Dummies, starring Steve Marsh, in animation, he has provided the voices of Bob in Kika & Bob and Grampy Rabbit in Peppa Pig. Following a successful Facebook campaign, satellite navigation manufacturer TomTom recorded Blesseds voice for use in its products, in September 2010, Blessed recorded the voice of Great Sultan Shahryār for Sheherazade, or The Princess, the Pirate and the Baboon. Blessed was a boxer in his youth and claims to have sparred with the Dalai Lama. He has attempted to climb Mount Everest three times without supplemental oxygen, reaching heights of 28,200 feet in 1993 and 25,200 feet in 1996 and he holds a 3rd dan in Judo
9. Paul Darrow – Paul Darrow is an English actor best known for his portrayal of Kerr Avon in the BBC science fiction television series Blakes 7. Darrow was born in Surrey, England, and was educated at the Haberdashers Askes Boys School, the popularity of his role as Avon has tended to overshadow his extensive work in theatre and television. He also plays the character of Kaston Iago in the Kaldor City audios and he appeared in all but the first episode of Blakes 7. He provided the voiceover for Biblical quotations in Richard Dawkinss The Root of All Evil and he was also the presenter of the 2004 BBC3 reality TV series Hercules. His film credits are few but include roles as doctors in The Raging Moon, Paul Darrow had a one off appearance in the 1990 series of Cluedo but did not play the murder victim. In the mid to late 1990s, he purchased the rights to Blakes 7, according to Darrow, it would have begun 25 years after the ending of the original series and might have included an aged Avon passing the torch to a new generation. Darrow records voiceovers and straplines for UK Jack FM station in Oxfordshire and he also provides the voice of the character Grand Moff Tarkin in the computer game Star Wars, Empire at War. He also voiced the character of Zarok in the PlayStation game MediEvil, Darrow appeared in Emmerdale from 13 July 2009, playing Eddy Fox, a friend of Alan Turners, he knows Turner as Tank. Darrow also provided the voice of a character in the PC game Hostile Waters. The actress Glynis Barber, who played Soolin on Blakes 7, the game was narrated by Tom Baker of Doctor Who fame. Darrow played the role of Samuel Vimes in the 1998/9 touring production of the based on Terry Pratchetts Discworld novel Guards. In December 2011 Darrow voiced the character of Overseer Tremel in the Bioware MMORPG release Star Wars, Darrow stars as Avon in The Turing Test and The Magnificent Four by Simon Guerrier and Counterfeit by Peter Anghelides. In 2015, Darrow starred as Paul Rand, the business man in charge of the business institute Atlas in the interactive video game Contradiction. A sequel is planned in 2016 and he is the author of Avon, A Terrible Aspect, a 1989 novel about Avons father and Avons own early life. Darrows autobiography, Youre Him, Arent You. was published in 2006, Darrow narrated the 2008 audio book of Terry Nations classic childrens story Rebeccas World, Journey to the Forbidden Planet. In 2016, Darrow released a book of himself reading his autobiography Youre Him. The Raging Moon - Doctor Die Another Day - Doctor Paul Darrow at the Internet Movie Database
10. Warwick Davis – Davis also starred as a fictionalised version of himself in the sitcom Lifes Too Short, written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Davis was born in Epsom, Surrey, the son of Susan J. and Ashley Davis and he was educated at Chinthurst School and later the City of London Freemens School. Davis was born with Spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita, a rare form of dwarfism. When Davis was 11, his grandmother heard a radio advert calling for people who were 4 feet tall or shorter to be in Return of the Jedi, to Davis, who was a fan of the Star Wars films, it was a dream come true. During the filming of Return of the Jedi, Mark Hamill bought Davis every Star Wars figure he did not have, Davis based his Ewok movements on his dog, who would tilt his head from side to side whenever he saw something strange. The unreleased film was a look at his decision to become an actor and act in the film. Davis reprised his role as Wicket in the ABC made-for-TV films Caravan of Courage, An Ewok Adventure and Ewoks, The Battle for Endor. In 1987, Davis was called to Elstree Studios in London to meet with Ron Howard and George Lucas to discuss a new project called Willow. Willow was his first opportunity to act with his face visible and he co-starred with Val Kilmer in the film, which received a Royal Premiere before the Prince and Princess of Wales. In 1993, he played the villainous Irish goblin in Leprechaun, Davis played the role of Professor Filius Flitwick in the Harry Potter films. Davis played a white-moustached Flitwick in the first two films, and then an unnamed chorus conductor for the third instalment of the series. In the fourth film, Flitwick is younger looking, with short, brown hair, in addition to playing Flitwick, Davis played the role of the goblin Griphook in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, despite the role being played previously by fellow dwarf actor Verne Troyer. In 2004, Davis played the character Plates in the indie film Skinned Deep, in 2006, Davis appeared, alongside fellow Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, in an episode of BBCs comedy series Extras as a satirical version of himself. Davis starred in the version of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. In December 2006, Davis starred in the pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarves at the Opera House, Manchester, and again in 2007–08 at the New Wimbledon Theatre. Davis appeared in The Chronicles of Narnia, Prince Caspian, in which he played Nikabrik the Dwarf and he also appeared as a contestant on the 2007 series of Children in Need reality show Celebrity Scissorhands. Davis starred as a version of himself in Lifes Too Short, written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. In December 2012, Davis returned to New Wimbledon Theatre to reprise his role in Snow White, in 2014, Davis hosted a factual series for ITV called Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davis
11. Simon Bird – Simon Antony Bird is an English actor and comedian. He is best known for playing Adam Goodman in the Channel 4 comedy Friday Night Dinner, Bird was born in Guildford, Surrey as the third of four children of Claremont McKenna College Professor Graham Bird and Heather née Gage. Bird was educated at Cranmore School, West Horsley, the Royal Grammar School, Guildford, and Queens College, Cambridge, at Cambridge, Bird was the President of the Footlights, the universitys sketch and theatrical group. While completing an MA in cultural and critical studies at Birkbeck College, Bird set up the comedy group The House of Windsor with former Footlights contemporaries Joe Thomas. Bird and Thomas were also regulars on series 1 and 2 of The Weekly Show, Bird also performs stand-up comedy and took part in Chortles national student comedy awards in 2005,2006,2007 and 2008, coming second in his final attempt. In 2008, Bird was cast in E4s teen comedy The Inbetweeners as Will McKenzie and he won the 2008 British Comedy Award for Best Male Newcomer and the 2009 British Comedy Award for Best Actor. He was also nominated for Best Comedy Performance at the 2008 Royal Television Society Awards and he hosted alongside Nick Mohammed and Katy Wix. Another of Birds projects is Friday Night Dinner, a comedy written by Robert Popper. Simon Bird returned to the character of Will McKenzie in The Inbetweeners Movie which was released on 17 August 2011, in 2014 he portrayed Will McKenzie in the second movie about the Inbetweeners, The Inbetweeners 2. Bird has also co-created, co-written, and co-starred in a pilot, Chickens, for Channel 4, alongside Jonny Sweet and it is about three men who remain in England during World War I. It was broadcast as part of Channel 4s Comedy Showcase season, in 2012, Sky1 picked up a 6 episode season, filming began in late 2012 and the series premiered in Summer 2013. As of 2015, Bird currently voices thetrainline. com TV advertisements, of his choice of career, Bird states that, I never came into this industry to be an actor. I wanted to be a comedian, all the people I love are being themselves – like Larry David and that his parents wish for him to complete his Ph. D. Bird is a Crystal Palace fan and since 2012 has been married to Lisa Owens and it was revealed in July 2016 that Bird and his wife had welcomed their first child, a daughter, six months prior. Simon Bird at the Internet Movie Database Digital Spy - Simon Bird, James Buckley Virgin Media - Meet the Inbetweeners
12. Richard Briers – Richard David Briers CBE was an English actor. His fifty-year career encompassed television, stage, film and radio, Briers first came to prominence as George Starling in Marriage Lines, but it was a decade later, when he narrated Roobarb and Noah and Nelly in. SkylArk and when he played Tom Good in the BBC sitcom The Good Life, Later, he starred as Martin in Ever Decreasing Circles, and he had a leading role as Hector in Monarch of the Glen. From the late 1980s, with Kenneth Branagh as director, he performed Shakespearean roles in, Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Briers was born in Raynes Park, Surrey, the son of Joseph Benjamin Briers and Morna Phyllis. He was the first cousin once removed of actor Terry-Thomas and he spent his childhood at Raynes Park in a flat, Number 2 Pepys Court, behind the now demolished Rialto cinema, and later at Guildford. His father drifted between jobs, while his mother wished for a career, she went on to become a member of Equity. Morna was also a pianist and a drama and music teacher. Briers attended Rokeby School in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, and the Ridgeway School in Wimbledon, which he left at the age of 16 without any formal qualifications. Briers first job was a clerical post with a London cable manufacturer, and for a time he went to evening classes to qualify in electrical engineering. At the age of 18, he was called up for two national service in the RAF, during which he was a filing clerk at RAF Northwood. When he left the RAF he studied at RADA, which he attended from 1954 to 1956, placed in a class with both Peter OToole and Albert Finney, Briers later credited academy director John Fernald with nurturing his talent. Graduating from RADA with a Silver Medal, he won a scholarship with the Liverpool Repertory Company and he made his West End debut in the Duke of Yorks Theatre 1959 production of Gilt And Gingerbread by Lionel Hale. In 1961, Briers was cast in the role in Marriage Lines with Prunella Scales playing his wife. In between the pilot and the series itself, Briers appeared in Brothers in Law as callow barrister Roger Thursby in 1962 and he was cast in this role by adaptors Frank Muir and Denis Norden, who had seen him in the West End. His other early appearances included The Seven Faces of Jim with Jimmy Edwards, Dixon of Dock Green, a production of Noël Cowards Hay Fever, in 1970, he starred in the Ben Travers Farce Rookery Nook, shown on the BBC. In the 1980s he played several Shakespearean roles, including Twelfth Night, Briers was featured twice on the Thames Television show This Is Your Life in May 1972 and March 1994. Briers persuaded the producers to cast his friend Paul Eddington, a council member of Equity. An enormously successful series, the last episode in 1978 was performed in front of Queen Elizabeth II, in 1977, he starred with his The Good Life co-star Penelope Keith in the televised version of Alan Ayckbourns trilogy The Norman Conquests