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|Born||Darren John Boyd
30 January 1971
Hastings, East Sussex, England, UK
|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 series Spy, for which he won a BAFTA Award, and as John Cleese in Holy Flying Circus. His work in television and film spans comedy and drama with Boyd stating that "with the choices I make, there is little to separate them (comedy and drama) ultimately at its core it is the same thing; it all comes down to the truth of character and story."
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, where he continued to work in theatre until being cast in 'Kiss Me Kate' for the BBC in 1998.
Boyd co-starred in the BBC comedy 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 a new series 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. The show won a silver rose at Montreux in 2002. During this time Boyd was cast in the American NBC series, Watching Ellie, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Boyd returned to the UK in 2005 and took on notable 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 series Whites and co-starred in the BBC Four drama Dirk Gently playing Dirk Gently's business partner Richard MacDuff. The BBC announced in June 2011 that Boyd would play the role of John Cleese in Holy Flying Circus, 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 series SPY 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.
In 2014, Boyd reunited with his Watching Ellie costar Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a guest appearance on her HBO series Veep in the episode "Special Relationship." Boyd has just completed filming a new Sky Atlantic drama series Fortitude - a 12 episode series which premiered in late 2014. Boyd is also attached to star in the forthcoming ITV comedy series The Delivery Man. Currently filming Luther for the BBC, Boyd will soon begin production on Lucky Man - a new SKY1 series set to air in early 2016.
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).
Awards and recognition
- Los Dos Bros was winner of a Silver Rose for Best Sitcom at the Montreux Festival in 2002.
- Boyd won the Best TV Comedy Actor award at the The British Comedy Awards in 2011.
- Nominated for Best Actor in a comedy at the Royal Television Society Awards, 2012.
- Boyd won the BAFTA for best male comedy role in 2012.
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- "More on More" 3 (1). October 2012. p. 7.