|Mathew John Baynton|
Mathew Baynton at Glasgow Film Festival 2011
18 November 1980 |
Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
|Occupation||Actor, writer, comedian and singer/musician|
2007 - Present
|http://dogears.org (music website)|
Mathew John Baynton is an English actor, musician and writer. Alongside major recurring roles including Deano in Gavin & Stacey and Chris Pitt-Goddard in Spy, he is the co-creator, writer and star of sitcoms The Wrong Mans and Yonderland, as well as a member of the starring troupe of children's sketch comedy Horrible Histories.
Life and work
Baynton graduated with a first from the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama and later trained in clowning at École Philippe Gaulier in Paris, France. In an interview with Metro, Baynton explained his motivation: "The performing instinct came from making my family laugh, so I’ve always been drawn to the funny side of things. Comedy is really rewarding. When you’re funny on stage you know because you hear people laugh. It’s more abstract when it’s straight drama because there’s no obvious response you’re looking for from the audience." 
He teamed with friend and fellow Gavin & Stacey alumnus James Corden to create, write and star in The Wrong Mans, a comedy-thriller for BBC Two that premiered in autumn 2013. The series is co-produced by online television provider Hulu.com in the US where it premiered in November 2013. The first six-part series proved a critical and commercial success and both Baynton and Corden have confirmed that a second series is in the works.
Baynton is also familiar as one of the stars of the hit children's television series Horrible Histories, appearing over all five series as a singer, actor and occasional writer. Other notable roles include the recurring character of Deano in Gavin & Stacey and co-starring as Chris in the Darren Boyd sitcom vehicle Spy.
Along with the five other members of the Horrible Histories starring cast, Baynton is also the co-creator, -writer and -star of Yonderland, an eight-part family fantasy comedy series that premiered on Sky1 on 10 November 2013. He will co-star with the same troupe in Bill, a BBC-produced family comedy film based loosely around the early life of William Shakespeare. Filming began in February 2014 and the film is due for release in early 2015.
Alongside his acting career, he is a member of the band Special Benny as a vocalist, guitarist and bassist. Their debut album Toys was released in 2010. He also has performed as a solo act under the name Dog Ears. His debut solo EP, So It Goes, was launched in November 2011. It consists of four self-penned songs: "The Howling", "Like Rain", "Onwards Onwards" and "Mrs Winchester".
|2014||Bill||William "Bill" Shakespeare||Richard Bracewell|
|2010||Tooty's Wedding||Aiden||Frederic Casella|
|2010||You Instead||Tyko||David Mackenzie|
|2010||Hereafter||College Receptionist||Clint Eastwood|
|2009||City Rats||Barista (as Mathew Baynton)||Steve M Kelly|
|2008||Telstar||Ritchie Blackmore||Nick Moran|
|2013||The Wrong Mans||Sam Pinkett|
|2011||BBC Proms Horrible Histories Big Prom Party||Various|
|2010||The Fleet||Van salesman|
|2010, 2012||Peep Show||Simon|
|2010||The Steven K. Amos Show||Himself (guest)|
|2009||Brave Young Men||Dylan|
|2008–2010||Gavin and Stacey||Deano|
|2010||The King Is Dead||Various|
|2009||Horne & Corden||Various|
|2009–2010||The Armstrong and Miller Show||Various|
|2009||Doc Martin||Junior chef|
|2008||Ashes to Ashes||Tom Robinson|
Baynton is the youngest of three brothers. His own son was born in spring 2011. In the 7th episode of Horrible Histories series 4, the younger Baynton made a cameo as the infant Mary, Queen of Scots; his father has said that he sees no problem with the boy following further in his footsteps.
- "Mathew Baynton: We couldn't have asked for The Wrong Mans to go any better". Metro. 20 Nov 2013. Retrieved 20 Nov 2013.
- "BBC Two announces new comedy, The Wrong Mans". BBC Media Centre. 09 Oct 2012. Retrieved 10 Oct 2012.
- "BBC, Hulu team on James Corden laffer". Variety online. 09 Oct 2012. Retrieved 10 Oct 2012.
- "Corden Hints at Second Series of The Wrong Mans". Digital Spy. 31 October 2013.
- West, Naomi (25 May 2010). "How Horrible Histories grew up to be a hit comedy show". Telegraph.co.uk (Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved 4 June 2010.
- "Sky1 to visit Yonderland". Sky1 website. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
- "Stars of Horrible Histories to make Shakespeare film". BBC Media Centre. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
- "Bill: production details". British Comedy Guide. comedy.co.uk. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
- "Holes announcement". The Invisible Dot Ltd. 26 July 2013.
- "Celebrity interview: Mathew Baynton". Yorkshire Evening Post. 11 November 2013.