Kevin Eldon

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Kevin Eldon
Kevin Eldon 2013.jpg
Eldon in 2013
Born (1960-10-03) 3 October 1960 (age 53)
Chatham, Kent, England
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 1992–present

Kevin Eldon (born 3 October 1960) is an English actor and comedian. He featured in British comedy television shows of the 1990s including Fist of Fun, Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge, Big Train, Brass Eye and Jam. In 2013 he appeared in his own BBC sketch series, It's Kevin.

Early career and Lee & Herring[edit]

Eldon was born in Chatham, Kent, England in 1960. The teenage Kevin Eldon occupied half a page in a book called Volume, Oliver Gray's history of punk-era Southampton, where, in 1980, Kevin fronted a band called The Time. "His between song patter was laden with mimicry and improvisational flair and he obviously had a bright quick mind," writes Gray, "If stand-up comedy had been around then, Kevin would probably never have been in a band at all." Eldon started on the stand-up circuit in the early '90s performing an act in character as the political poet Paul Hamilton, but has also done stand-up as himself on occasions. On the circuit, Eldon formed a friendship with the stand-up comedian Stewart Lee, which would later lead to an invitation to work with Lee on the radio series Lee & Herring's Fist of Fun with Lee's comedy partner Richard Herring. Lee and Herring would usually refer to him as "the actor Kevin Eldon", in reference to his claim to be an actor, rather than a comedian.

Eldon's work sat well with that of Lee and Herring, and he continued to work with them on all their projects, including The Lee & Herring Radio Show, Fist of Fun and This Morning with Richard Not Judy, providing a multitude of characters, most notably: the jelly-obsessed False Rod Hull; and Simon Quinlank, the self-proclaimed "king of hobbies", who would always be accompanied by a flask of "weak lemon drink". He also played a version of himself, as the actor Kevin Eldon. In addition to his Lee & Herring collaborations, he has worked closely with Simon Munnery and Julia Davis.

Stage and screen[edit]

Eldon in 2011

Eldon has featured in numerous comedy projects, including Brass Eye, Smack the Pony, 15 Storeys High, Spaced, The IT Crowd, Look Around You, Packing Them In, Black Books, Big Train, World of Pub, The Sunday Show, Comedy Nation, Cows, Jam, I Am Not an Animal, I'm Alan Partridge, The Sofa of Time, Attention Scum!, Nighty Night, Green Wing, Jammin', Nathan Barley, Hyperdrive, Saxondale, This is Jinsy, and as a panel guest on Never Mind the Buzzcocks. He also had a brief role in the 2005 film version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, playing "Man with Dog" alongside Mark Heap.

Eldon has appeared onstage performing as a spoof member of the German band Kraftwerk for the recorded version of Bill Bailey's Part Troll comedy tour, along with two others (John Moloney and Martin Trenaman). He played the same role in Bailey's 2007 Tinselworm tour, Channel 4's Comedy Gala, and Bailey's 2010 Dandelion Mind tour.

In late 2006, Eldon helped organise and produce a short tour and a West End run of Pinter's People at the Theatre Royal, London. The show was a collection of sketches written by Harold Pinter. The show also starred Geraldine McNulty, Bill Bailey and Sally Philips.

Eldon played the role of Pete in the David Shrigley and Chris Shepherd animation Who I Am And What I Want, and appeared in Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright's comedy film Hot Fuzz as Sergeant Tony Fisher.

Eldon played Mick McManus in Tim Plester's short film World of Wrestling in 2007.

In October 2008, he played housemate Joplin in Charlie Brooker's five-part horror thriller for E4 Dead Set.

Eldon co-authored the theme tune, and is script editor for, the children's series Genie in the House.[1]

In 2009, he played the lead role of Arthur in a stereoscopic 3D film for the BFI directed by British artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard.[2] Eldon starred alongside Caroline Catz, Terrence Hardiman and Fenella Fielding.

From March 2009, Eldon appeared in Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle in a number of the show's sketches.

In 2010, Eldon took part in Channel 4's Comedy Gala, a benefit show held in aid of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, filmed live at the O2 Arena in London on 30 March.

In February 2010, Eldon appeared in the pilot for a "sort-of-sketch-show" called Missing Scene.[3]

Eldon appeared as a police sniper in the 2010 film Four Lions.

In 2011 he appeared in sketches throughout How TV Ruined Your Life, and, with Paul Whitehouse, as one of a pair of '50s typists in Series 4 of Harry and Paul. He also played a policeman in Martin Scorsese's film Hugo.

Eldon voiced the character Frobisher in the 2012 Playstation Vita game Frobisher Says[4] and provided voice work for the 2013 indie game Gun Monkeys by Size Five Games.[5]

In 2013, Eldon starred in a six-part sketch comedy series called It's Kevin, broadcast on BBC Two.[6]

In October 2013, Eldon read his own book 'What do you say ?' on Daves Crackanory an Adult remake of the popular children's TV series Jackanory [7]

In 2014 Eldon appeared on the TV show Celebrity Mastermind and won.

Releases[edit]

  • Kevin Eldon is Titting About (2010) DVD
  • Mr Bartlett and Mr Willis (2010) CD

Radio[edit]

In 2008, Eldon presented Poets' Tree, a four-part "poetry type programme" for BBC Radio 4, in the character of Paul Hamilton. The series was co-written and edited by Stewart Lee. Eldon has also written and starred in a series of monologues, collectively entitled Speakers, broadcast on the London art radio station Resonance FM,[8] as well as a CERN podcast with Simon Munnery. In 2012, the series Kevin Eldon Will See You Now aired on Radio 4.

Since 2009, Eldon has appeared in two roles in the BBC Radio 4 comedy series ElvenQuest. He has made guest appearances on Radio 4's Fags, Mags and Bags, Chain Reaction, North by Northamptonshire and The Horne Section.[9]

Eldon made a guest appearance in a webcast Doctor Who episode, in the story "Death Comes to Time", in which he played Antimony, a companion of the Doctor.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Latest Titles with Kevin Eldon - IMDb
  2. ^ "BFI | Film & TV Database | RADIO-MANIA (1923)". Ftvdb.bfi.org.uk. 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  3. ^ Missing Scene
  4. ^ "Thanks Sony but my PS Vita is just a £250 Frobisher Says machine | PS Vita Features". Official PlayStation Magazine. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  5. ^ "Gun Monkeys". Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  6. ^ Plunkett, John (18 June 2012). "Kevin Eldon given own BBC2 show". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Inspired 'storytime for adults' at chortle.co.uk
  8. ^ "Index of /audio/speakers". Resonancearchive1.org.uk. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  9. ^ "BBC Radio 4 – Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section, Episode 4". bbc.co.uk. 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 

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