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  • Greg James
    Gregory James Alan Milward (born 17 December 1985) is an English radio and television presenter, comedian and author. He is the host of BBC Radio 1's breakfast show, co-presenter on the cricket podcast...
  • Robbie Coltrane (1950 - 2022)
    Anthony Robert McMillan OBE (30 March 1950 – 14 October 2022), known professionally as Robbie Coltrane , was a Scottish actor and comedian. He gained worldwide recognition in the 2000s for playing R...
  • Dominic Holland
    Dominic Anthony Holland (born 6 May 1967) is an English comedian, author and broadcaster. He won the 1993 Perrier Best Newcomer Award in Edinburgh. His BBC Radio 4 series, The Small World of Dominic...
  • Alan Carr (1976 - d.)
    Alan Graham Carr (born 14 June 1976) is an English comedian, broadcaster and writer. His breakthrough was in 2001, winning the City Life Best Newcomer of the Year and the BBC New Comedy Awards. In t...
  • Joe Lycett (1988 - d.)
    Joe Harry Lycett (born 5 July 1988) is a British comedian and television presenter. He has appeared on TV shows including Live at the Apollo , Taskmaster , Never Mind the Buzzcocks , 8 Out of 10 Cat...

British Comedians

Britain over the years has produced many great comedians.
Thinking of Tommy Cooper, David Jason, Spike Milligan and many others.


The scope of this project is to create a comprehensive list off all British born comedians of all genres of comedy. All genres are included because this project uses the word "comedian" in its broadest possible sense.

How can you help?

  • First of all you will need to join this project by clicking on the Actions button in the top right of this page and select Join from the dropdown menu.
  • To add a profile of a British comedian you go to the profile click on the Actions button and select Add to project from the dropdown menu, a new dropdown menu will open and type in British Comedians and click done after the project appears on the screen.
  • Questions can be asked here in project discussions

Sketch-show comedians

  • Anil Gupta (Goodness Gracious Me (BBC))
  • Arthur Haynes (1914–1956)
  • Lenny Henry (born 1958)
  • Benny Hill (1924–1992)
  • Harry Hill (born 1964)
  • Matthew Holness (born 1975) (Bruiser, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace)
  • Dom Joly (born 1967)
  • Rufus Jones (born 1975)
  • John Junkin (1930–2006)
  • Hugh Laurie (born 1959) (A Bit of Fry & Laurie)
  • Matt Lucas (Little Britain)
  • Rik Mayall (1958–2014)
  • Spike Milligan (1918–2002)
  • David Mitchell (born 1974) (That Mitchell and Webb Look)
  • Morecambe and Wise
  • Bob Mortimer (born 1959)
  • Rob Newman (born 1964) (The Mary Whitehouse Experience)
  • Peter Richardson, (born 1951) (The Comic Strip)
  • Nigel Planer (born 1953)
  • Steve Punt (born 1962) (The Mary Whitehouse Experience)
  • Alexei Sayle (born 1952)
  • Frank Skinner (born 1957)
  • Graham Chapman (1941–1989)
  • John Cleese (born 1939)
  • Terry Gilliam (born 1940)
  • Eric Idle (born 1943)
  • Terry Jones (born 1942)
  • Michael Palin (born 1943)
  • Rowan Atkinson (born 1955)
  • Griff Rhys Jones (born 1953)
  • Pamela Stephenson (born 1949)
  • Mel Smith (1952-2013)

Sitcom comedians

  • David Jason
  • Greg McHugh, (Gary: Tank Commander, Fresh Meat (TV series))
  • Stephen Merchant (born 1974) (The Office, Extras)
  • David Mitchell (born 1974) (Peep Show)
  • Warren Mitchell (born 1926), (Till Death Us Do Part)
  • Dermot Morgan, (born in Ireland 1952-1998), (Father Ted)(Irish)
  • Brian Murphy (born 1933), (Man About the House, George and Mildred, Last of the Summer Wine)
  • Al Murray (born 1968), (Time Gentlemen Please)
  • Paul Nicholas (born 1945), (Just Good Friends)
  • Ardal O'Hanlon (born in Ireland 1965), (Father Ted, My Hero) (Irish)
  • Bill Owen (1914–1999), (Last of the Summer Wine)
  • Geoffrey Palmer (born 1927), (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, Butterflies, As Time Goes By)
  • Simon Pegg (born 1970), (Spaced)
  • Bill Pertwee (1926-2013), (Dad's Army, It Ain't Half Hot Mum)
  • Caroline Quentin (born 1960) (Men Behaving Badly, Kiss Me Kate (TV series))
  • Rowan Atkinson (born 1955), (Blackadder, The Thin Blue Line, Mr. Bean)
  • Helen Atkinson-Wood (born 1955), (Blackadder the Third, Radio Active (radio series))
  • Richard Ayoade (born 1977), (Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, The IT Crowd)
  • Bill Bailey (born 1964), (Spaced, Black Books)
  • Morwenna Banks (born 1961), (The Thick of It, Ruddy Hell! It's Harry and Paul, Saxondale)
  • Ronnie Barker (1929–2005), (Porridge, Open All Hours)
  • Chris Barrie (born 1960), (Red Dwarf, The Brittas Empire)
  • Richard Beckinsale (1947–1979), (Porridge, Rising Damp)
  • Matt Berry (born 1974), (Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, The IT Crowd, The Mighty Boosh)
  • James Bolam (born 1938), (The Likely Lads, Only When I Laugh)
  • Richard Briers (born 1934-2013), (The Good Life), (Ever Decreasing Circles)
  • Kathy Burke (born 1964), (Gimme Gimme Gimme)
  • Patrick Cargill (1918–1996), (Father, Dear Father)
  • John Challis (born 1942), (Only Fools and Horses, The Green Green Grass)
  • Craig Charles (born 1964), (Red Dwarf)
  • John Cleese (born 1939), (Fawlty Towers)
  • Martin Clunes (born 1961), (Men Behaving Badly, Reggie Perrin)
  • Ronnie Corbett (born 1930), (Sorry!)
  • Michael Crawford (born 1942), (Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em)
  • Windsor Davies (born 1930), (It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Never the Twain)
  • Julia Davis (born 1966), (Nighty Night)
  • Richard Dawson (1932–2012), (Hogan's Heroes)
  • Angus Deayton (born 1956), (Nighty Night, One Foot in the Grave)
  • James Dreyfus (born 1968), (The Thin Blue Line, My Hero, Gimme Gimme Gimme)
  • Clive Dunn (1920-2012), (Boys Will Be Boys, Dad's Army)
  • Paul Eddington (1927–1995), (The Good Life, Yes Minister)
  • Adrian Edmondson (born 1957), (The Young Ones, Bottom)
  • Jimmy Edwards (1920–1988), (Whack-O!)