Funny People

by hairdoharrison | created - 13 Feb 2012 | updated - 25 Feb 2012 | Public

Comedians, actors, actresses and generally jolly people

1. Ronnie Barker

Actor | The Two Ronnies

Ronnie Barker's remarkable versatility as a performer can be traced back to his time in repertory theatre, where he was able to play a wide range of roles and develop his talent for accents, voices and verbal dexterity. It was during this time that he met Glenn Melvyn, who taught him how to stammer ...

2. Benny Hill

Soundtrack | The Benny Hill Show

He was born Alfred Hawthorn Hill. It was his grandfather who introduced him to Burlesque Shows and the theatre from where the young Benny Hill was to draw much of his comic inspiration. After his national service with the army during WW2, Benny came to London, adopted the stage name Benny Hill (in ...

3. Les Dawson

Actor | Demob

Les Dawson was born on February 2, 1931 in Manchester, England. He was an actor and writer, known for Demob (1993), The Loner (1975) and Happy Birthday, Coronation Street! (1990). He was married to Tracy Dawson and Meg Dawson. He died on June 10, 1993 in Manchester.

4. Roy Barraclough

Actor | Funland

Roy Barraclough began his career as a draughtsman, taking time off to work as an entertainer in a holiday camp on the Isle of Wight. Combining his day job with local amateur theatre for several years, he was eventually offered a full-time acting contract by repertory theatre producer Nita Valerie ...

5. Sidney James

Actor | Carry on Again Doctor

The star of the Carry On series of films, Sid James originally came to prominence as sidekick to the ground breaking British comedy actor Tony Hancock, on both radio and then television. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa and named Solomon Joel Cohen, James arrived in England in 1946, second wife ...

6. Brian Blessed

Actor | Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Boisterous British actor Brian Blessed is known for his hearty, king-sized portrayals on film and television. A giant of a man accompanied by an eloquent wit and booming, operatic voice, Brian was born in 1936 and grew up in the mining village of Goldthorpe in South Yorkshire. His father was a ...

7. Liz Smith

Actress | Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Liz Smith found fame as an actress at an age when most people are considering retirement. It was a long road to eventual stardom, during which she struggled to raise a family after a broken marriage. She became best-known for her roles in The Vicar of Dibley (1994) and The Royle Family but her ...

8. Paul O'Grady

Producer | The Paul O'Grady Show

Paul James O'Grady was born on 14 June 1955 in Birkenhead, England. He attended Christian Brothers School and, after his graduation, worked as a clerk in a magistrate's court. During that time he met a woman named Diane Jansen with whom he had a brief affair. Their daughter, Sharyn, was born in ...

9. Dawn French

Actress | French and Saunders

Dawn French was born on October 11, 1957 in Holyhead, Wales as Dawn Roma French. She is an actress and writer, known for French and Saunders (1987), The Vicar of Dibley (1994) and Coraline (2009). She has been married to Mark Bignell since April 20, 2013. She was previously married to Lenny Henry.

10. Jennifer Saunders

Actress | Absolutely Fabulous

Jennifer Saunders was born July 6th 1958 in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, UK. She attended Central School of Speech and Drama where she met her comedy partner Dawn French. Like many of the early 80s groundbreaking "alternative" comedians she began her career as comedienne/actress/writer with Dawn French ...

11. Joanna Lumley

Actress | Absolutely Fabulous

Joanna Lumley was born on 1 May, 1946 in Kashmir, India, to British parents, Thya Beatrice Rose (Weir) and James Rutherford Lumley. Her father was a major in the Gurkha Rifles, and she spent most of her early childhood in the Far East where her father was posted.

An aspiring actress, she first came ...

12. 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 The Look of Love (2013). He has been married to Susan since 2006. They have two children.

13. Catherine Tate

Actress | The Catherine Tate Show

Catherine Tate was born on May 12, 1968 in Bloomsbury, London, England as Catherine Ford. She is an actress and writer, known for The Catherine Tate Show (2004), Doctor Who (2005) and Starter for 10 (2006).

14. Peter Kay

Actor | Phoenix Nights

He was taught metal work at school by the actor Steve Coogan's dad, and like Coogan he was an altar boy. He proposed to his wife Susan on one knee outside 'Andy's Records', because it was the first place where they kissed. He's worked everywhere, in a factory packing toilet rolls, in a supermarket,...

15. Paddy McGuinness

Actor | Max & Paddy's Road to Nowhere

Paddy McGuinness was born on August 14, 1973 in Bolton, Lancashire, England as Patrick Joesph McGuinness. He is an actor and writer, known for Max & Paddy's Road to Nowhere (2004), Phoenix Nights (2001) and That Peter Kay Thing (2000). He has been married to Christine Martin since June 4, 2011.

16. Alan Carr

Writer | Alan Carr: Chatty Man

Alan Carr was born on June 14, 1976 in Weymouth, England. He is a writer and actor, known for Alan Carr: Chatty Man (2009), The Friday Night Project (2005) and Alan Carr: Tooth Fairy - Live (2007).

17. Matt Lucas

Actor | Little Britain

Matt Lucas was born on March 5, 1974 in Paddington, London, England as Matthew Richard Lucas. He is an actor and writer, known for Little Britain (2003), Bridesmaids (2011) and Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016). He was previously married to Kevin McGee.

18. 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 ...

19. Kevin Bridges

Writer | Kevin Bridges: What's the Story?

Kevin Bridges was born on November 13, 1986 in Glasgow, Scotland. He is a writer and actor, known for Kevin Bridges: What's the Story? (2012), Kevin Bridges: A Whole Different Story (2015) and Rab C. Nesbitt (1988).

20. 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 ...

21. Andy Hamilton

Writer | Drop the Dead Donkey

Andy Hamilton was born in 1954 in Fulham, London, England as Andrew Neil Hamilton. He is a writer and producer, known for Drop the Dead Donkey (1990), Outnumbered (2007) and What We Did on Our Holiday (2014). He has been married to Libby Asher since 1988. They have three children.

22. Sandi Toksvig

Actress | No 73

Sandi Toksvig was born on May 3, 1958 in Copenhagen, Denmark as Sandra Birgitte Toksvig. She is an actress and writer, known for No 73 (1982), Kingdom (2007) and The Big One (1992). She has been married to Debbie since December 10, 2014. They have three children.

23. 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 ...

24. Omid Djalili

Actor | The Mummy

Omid Djalili is a British Iranian stand-up comedian and actor. Omid had great success performing A Strange Bit of History, which won the Spirit of The Fringe award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1994, Omid has since become a fringe favorite with a string of sell-out shows. In 1995 it was with Short ...

25. 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 ...

26. Jack Dee

Actor | Lead Balloon

Jack Dee was born on September 24, 1961 in Petts Wood, Kent, England as James Andrew Innes Dee. He is an actor and writer, known for Lead Balloon (2006), Bad Move (2017) and The Grimleys (1997). He has been married to Jane Dee since 1989. They have four children.

27. Ronni Ancona

Actress | Penelope

Ronni Ancona was born on July 4, 1968 in Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland. She is an actress and writer, known for Penelope (2006), Big Impression (1999) and The Trip to Italy (2014). She has been married to Gerard Hall since 2004. They have three children.

28. Spike Milligan

Actor | The Bed Sitting Room

Spike was born an 'Army Brat', the son of an Irish Captain in the British Raj in India. Educated in a series of Roman Catholic schools in India and at Lewisham Polytechnic in England, he spent his formative years playing the fool and playing the trumpet in local jazz bands.

He joined the British ...

29. Frank Carson

Actor | The Melting Pot

Frank Carson was born on June 11, 1926 in Belfast, County Down, Northern Ireland as Hugh Francis Carson. He was an actor, known for The Melting Pot (1975), Wild About Harry (2000) and Dick Dickman P.I. (2008). He was married to Ruth Carson. He died on February 22, 2012 in Blackpool, Lancashire, ...