Darren Boyd

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Darren Boyd
Born Darren John Boyd
(1971-01-30) 30 January 1971 (age 43)
Hastings, East Sussex, England, UK
Occupation Actor, singer
Spouse(s) Amanda Ashy-Boyd (m. 24 January 2004–present); 2 children

Darren John Boyd (born 30 January 1971) is an English actor. He starred in Sky 1's sitcom Spy, for which he won a BAFTA Award for Best Comedy Performance,[1] and as John Cleese in Holy Flying Circus. He is a classically trained singer,[2] and played a jazz musician in the American sitcom Watching Ellie.

Early life[edit]

Boyd is an only child. He began acting at age 17 in amateur theatre and performed in local productions from 1989 to 1995. Boyd moved to London in his mid-20s, upon being cast in the West End's Les Miserables. It was during this time he met fellow cast member Chris Langham who then wrote him into his new BBC comedy sitcom.



Boyd co-starred in the BBC comedy sitcom Kiss Me Kate (1998), which ran for three years. This led to starring roles in British comedies such as Hippies (1999) and Smack the Pony (1999). In 2001, he collaborated with Victoria Pile on new comedy Los Dos Bros, a quirky, off-beat sitcom exploring physical comedy and the relationship between Boyd and Cavan Clerkin as the titular (half-)brothers. Boyd was co-creator and co-writer. During this time Boyd was cast in the American NBC sitcom, Watching Ellie, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Boyd returned to the UK in 2005 and took on notable comedy characters including Dr. Jake Leaf in the second series of Green Wing (2006), and as Jonathan in Steve Coogan's Saxondale. In 2009, he appeared in the two-part adaptation of May Contain Nuts, based on John O'Farrell's best-selling novel, Personal Affairs for BBC3 and Royal Wedding (2010), which follows the 1981 Royal Wedding through the perspective of events held in a small Welsh mining village, written by BAFTA winner Abi Morgan and starring Jodie Whittaker.

Boyd starred as Bib in the BBC comedy Whites and co-starred in the first series of the BBC Four drama Dirk Gently playing Dirk Gently's business partner and sidekick Richard MacDuff. The BBC announced in June 2011 that Boyd would play the role of John Cleese in Holy Flying Circus,[3] a 90-minute dramatisation of the controversy that arose when Monty Python's Life of Brian was released in 1979. Holy Flying Circus was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Single Drama.

For two series, Boyd starred in Sky 1's half-hour sitcom SPY[4] which won him a BAFTA for his performance. He's also recently starred in two ITV dramas, Case Sensitive, a series adapted from Sophie Hannah's novel Point of Rescue alongside Olivia Williams and three-part drama The Guilty. His cameos have included an evangelical vicar in Rev. and an ex-athlete named Dave Wellbeck in BBC's Olympics mockumentary Twenty Twelve.

As of April 2014, Boyd voices the main character in animated football comedy series Warren United. Also in 2014, Boyd reunited with his Watching Ellie costar Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a guest appearance on her HBO series Veep (TV series) in the episode "Special Relationship."


Feature films in which Boyd has appeared include High Heels and Low Lifes (2002), Imagine Me & You (2005), Magicians (2007), Chris Morris' Four Lions (2010), The World's End (2013), and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013).


Boyd currently stars in the BBC Radio 4 comedy series ElvenQuest (as Vidar the Elf Lord) and Safety Catch.

Awards and Recognition[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Boyd currently lives in London with his wife, nutritional therapist Amanda Ashy-Boyd, whom he met in Los Angeles. The couple have two children, and love excursions.[6]


  1. ^ a b "2012 Television Awards Winners Announced". Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Finbow, Isobel (26 December 2012). "Staton: Spy's talented comedy couple". Radio Times. Retrieved 6 July 2005. 
  3. ^ Dowell, Ben (21 June 2011). "BBC to dramatise unholy row over Monty Python's Life of Brian". Guardian.co.uk (London). 
  4. ^ "Sky orders new MI5 spy sitcom". The British Comedy Guide. 10 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "The British Comedy Awards - Past Winners". Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  6. ^ More on More 3 (1): 7. October 2012 http://www.stmcougars.net/uploaded/Alumni/MoreOnMore-Oct2012.pdf |url= missing title (help). 

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