Rik Mayall Biography

Birthday: 1958-03-07
Place of Birth: Harlow, Essex
Height: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
Wiki Biography: 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. He met his comedy partner and best friend Adrian "Ade" Edmondson at Manchester University in 1975. Soon he and Ade began performing together as a comedy act called "Twentieth Century Coyote" at the now legendary Comedy Store in London. They later moved their act to a venue called "The Comic Strip" and it was there that they were discovered by producer Paul Jackson. Rik and his friends such as Adrian Edmondson, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Alexei Sayle, Peter Richardson and Nigel Planer were boomed onto television screens with immense success. He wrote "The Young Ones" (1982) with Ben Elton and Lise Mayer. You loved it or you hated it, but you can't deny the impact it had on British Sitcom. His career was launched, and at only twenty-four years of age he became one of the most popular comedians in Britain. He wrote and starred in various other series and films over the years such as "The New Statesman" (1987); his role in it as Alan B'Stard earned him a BAFTA. He had his brief touch of Hollywood in 1991 when he starred as the title role in Drop Dead Fred (1991), but he soon returned to the British TV screens with "Bottom" (1991) a show which only ran for 3 seasons from 1991 to 1995 but was so popular that he and his co-star Adrian Edmondson still tour with live shows based on the series around Britain every two years or so to this day. In 1998 he had a severe accident and ended up in a coma after he crashed with his quad-bike at his farm in Devon. Luckily he recovered and starred in films and shows such as Guest House Paradiso (1999) and Day of the Sirens (2002). In 2002 he proved that he was back and ready for action in the comedy series "Believe Nothing" (2002) which reunited him with Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, the writers of "The New Statesman". In 2003 he toured the UK alongside Adrian Edmondson with the fifth Bottom Live show.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Shock Treatment 'Rest Home' Ricky 1981 Comedy
The Comic Strip Richard Dangerous 1981 Comedy
The Comic Strip Presents Colin Grigson 1982 Comedy
The Young Ones Rick / ... 1984
Saturday Live Richard Dangerous 1986 - 1987
New Statesman Alan B'Stard 1987 Comedy
Filthy, Rich and Catflap Richard Rich 1987 - 1987 Comedy
Grim Tales 1989
Bottom Richie 1995
Wham! Bam! Strawberry Jam! 1995
Tom and Vicky 1999 Animation
Jellikins 1999
It's Itsy Bitsy Time! Bert / ... 1999 Family
Believe Nothing Professor Adonis Cnut 2002 Comedy
Shoebox Zoo Edwin the Eagle 2004 Adventure
King Arthur's Disasters King arthur 2005 Animation
Bedtime Live Richard Richard 2013 Family
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Horse opera Wyatt Earp 0000
An American Werewolf in London 1981 0, Reality Tv
Shock Treatment 'Rest Home' Ricky 1981 Comedy, Musical
Little Noises 1991
Drop Dead Fred Drop Dead Fred 1991 0, Sport, 0, 0
The Princess and the Goblin 1994 Animation, Fantasy
Dirty Old Town 1995 Comedy
The Snow Queen Robber King 1995 Animation
Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis Marty Starr 1997
Remember Me? Ian 1997 Comedy
Le château des singes Gerard the Gormless 1999 Animation, Adventure, Family
Guest House Paradiso Richard Twat 1999 Comedy, Thriller
Merlin: The Return Merlin 2000 Family, Fantasy
Kevin of the North Carter 2001 Adventure, Comedy, Sport
Chaos and Cadavers Lennox Crowly 2003 Comedy
Oh Marbella! Greg Dubois 2004 Comedy
Valiant 2005 Animation, Adventure, Comedy
One by One Ernest 2012 Drama
Errors of the Human Body Samuel Mead 2013 Drama, Thriller