|Born||Darren John Boyd
30 January 1971
Hastings, East Sussex, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Amanda Ashy-Boyd (m. 24 January 2004–present); 1 child|
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Darren John Boyd (born 30 January 1971) is an English actor, best-known for starring in Sky 1's sitcom Spy, for which he won a BAFTA Award for Best Comedy Performance, and for playing the roles of John Cleese in Holy Flying Circus and DC Simon Waterhouse in ITV crime drama Case Sensitive. He is a classically trained singer, and played a jazz musician in the American sitcom Watching Ellie.
Personal life 
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-twenties, 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 currently lives in London with his wife, nutritional therapist Amanda Ashy-Boyd, whom he met in Los Angeles. The couple has one child.
Acting career 
Boyd co-starred in the BBC comedy sitcom Kiss Me Kate (1998), which ran for three years. This led to starring roles in such 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, starring Jodie Whittaker.
Boyd starred as Bib in the BBC comedy Whites (TV series) 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, 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.
Currently, Boyd stars in Sky 1's half-hour sitcom SPY as "Tim", a single father accidentally recruited by MI5. He also stars alongside Olivia Williams in the crime drama Case Sensitive, a series that has been adapted from Sophie Hannah's novel Point of Rescue for ITV. The second series was based on novel The Other Half LIves. His cameos have included an evangelical vicar in Rev. and an ex-athlete named Dave Wellbeck in BBC's Olympics mockumentary Twenty Twelve.
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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