Mark Williams (actor)
22 August 1959 |
Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England, UK
|Occupation||Actor, presenter, screenwriter|
Mark Williams (born 22 August 1959) is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter and presenter. He is best known as one of the stars of the popular BBC sketch show The Fast Show, as well as for his role as Arthur Weasley in the Harry Potter films. Most recently he has appeared as the titular character in the BBC series Father Brown.
He was educated at North Bromsgrove High School and Brasenose College, Oxford. He performed with Oxford University Dramatic Society (OUDS). Having made a career as a theatre actor and working for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre along the way, Williams came to wider public attention through his appearances on the BBC television sketch programmes Alexei Sayle's Stuff and The Fast Show. Williams has described the huge popularity of the latter show as a "double-edged sword" as it has led to his being seen by the public as a comedian rather than as an actor.
His most famous cinema role is as Arthur Weasley in the Harry Potter film series, which began in 2002. Other high profile appearances include the film adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Stardust alongside Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro and Claire Danes in 2007 and a 2012 role in Doctor Who as Brian Williams, father of the Doctor's companion, Rory.
In 2014 he started presenting the BBC game show The Link.
Aside from his acting work, Williams has also presented several documentary programmes: Mark Williams' Big Bangs on the history of explosives, a follow-up to previous series Mark Williams on the Rails, Industrial Revelations and More Industrial Revelations.
Interviewed in 2014 by the Lancashire Evening Post, when asked if some people still saw him as a comedy actor, Williams replied, "“Well, it’s only a few people in the BBC. In America they see me as a major British character actor, but unfortunately the BBC is pretty parochial and people are institutionalised here.”
In January 2015 Williams appeared as the guest for the BBC's National Lottery draws where he flourished a banana in the manner of a Harry Potter magic wand and wore a tie he claimed to have bought recently on his honeymoon in Vienna, Austria.
|1987||Out of Order||PC|
|1994||Prince of Jutland||Aslak|
|1997||The Borrowers||Exterminator Jeff|
|1998||Shakespeare in Love||Wabash|
|1999||Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?||Roland Thornton|
|2000||High Heels and Low Lifes||Tremaine|
|2002||Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets||Arthur Weasley|
|2002||Anita and Me||The Reverend 'Uncle' Alan|
|2002||The Final Curtain||Declan Farrell|
|2004||Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London||Inspector Crescent|
|2004||Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban||Arthur Weasley|
|2005||Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire||Arthur Weasley|
|2006||A Cock and Bull Story||Ingoldsby|
|2007||Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||Arthur Weasley|
|2007||Stardust||Billy the Innkeeper|
|2009||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||Arthur Weasley|
|2010||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1||Arthur Weasley|
|2011||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2||Arthur Weasley|
|1988||The Storyteller||Fearnot's brother||Episode "Fearnot"|
|Red Dwarf||Olaf Petersen||Three episodes: "The End", "Balance of Power" & "Stasis Leak"|
|Alexei Sayle's Stuff||First series, six episodes|
|Making Out||Manfred||Episodes 1 and 2|
|1991||Merlin of the Crystal Cave||Cerdic|
|1993||The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer||Don Powell||Seven episodes 1993–1995|
|1994||Health and Efficiency||Steven||Episode "Cinderella Rockafeller"|
|The Fast Show||23 episodes 1994–2000|
|Chef!||Policeman 2||Episode "Masterchef"|
|1995||The Big Game||Tommy Hollis|
|Peak Practice||Roland Grogan||Episode "Life and Soul"|
|1998||The Fast Show Live|
|The Canterbury Tales||Chanticleer||Episode "Leaving London" – voice|
|Ted & Ralph||Confirmed Bachelor|
|The Strangerers||Cadet Flynn||Nine episodes|
|2001||Fun at the Funeral Parlour||Larry Nazareth||Episode "The Jaws of Doom"|
|Industrial Revelations||Himself||Two series (as presenter)|
|2002||Shackleton||Dudley Docker|
|2004||Mark Williams on the Rails||Himself||Presenter|
|Carrie and Barry||Kirk||Two episodes|
|2006||Mark Williams' Big Bangs||Himself||Presenter|
|2007||A Room with a View||Mr Beebe|
|2008||Sense and Sensibility||Sir John Middleton|
|2009||Inspector George Gently||Joe Bishop||Episode "Gently in the Night"|
|Blood in the Water||Jerry Hourihan|
|Agatha Christie's Marple||Claud Evans||Episode "Why Didn't They Ask Evans?"|
|New Tricks||David Beaumont||Episode "The Truth is out There"|
|2010||Merlin||voice of goblin||Episode "Goblin's Gold"|
|The Indian Doctor||Richard Sharpe||Five episodes|
|2011||Frankenstein's Wedding||Alphonse Frankenstein|
|Doctor Who||Brian Williams||Season 7; Episode 2 (Dinosaurs on a Spaceship) and Episode 4 (The Power of Three)|
|2013||Blandings||Sebastian Beach||Six episodes|
|Father Brown||Father Brown||Title character series one|
|Still Open All Hours||Planter's Salesman|
|2014||Father Brown||Father Brown||Title character series two|
|The Link||Presenter||BBC One game show|
|2015||Father Brown||Father Brown||Title character series three|
- "Mark Williams: I'm not a comedian". Belfasttelegraph.co.uk. 2013-01-12. Retrieved 2013-01-16.
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- "Mark Williams: Captain of industry". The Independent.
- TV.com. "Merlin – Goblin's Gold". tv.com. Retrieved 2013-01-16.
- Ian Wolf. "The Indian Doctor – Production Details". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 18 November 2010.
- Doctor Who Magazine - Issued March 8, 2012.