|Born||Mathew Frazer Horne
6 September 1978 
|Education||Southwell Minster School|
|Alma mater||University of Manchester|
|Occupation||Actor, stand-up comedian, television presenter, writer|
|Employer||BBC (prev. Channel 4)|
|Television||Gavin & Stacey
The Catherine Tate Show
Horne and Corden
''Once Upon A Time'' (TV series)
|Parents||Brian Horne, Glenis Reynolds|
Mathew Frazer Horne (born 6 September 1978) is an English actor, stand-up comedian, television presenter and narrator best known for appearing on several BBC sketch shows and sitcoms, most notably Gavin & Stacey portraying Gavin Shipman, The Catherine Tate Show, 20 Things to do Before You're 30, Teachers and Horne and Corden. Horne has most recently appeared in the BBC Three comedy, Bad Education.
Horne was born in Nottingham to Brian Horne and Glenis Reynolds and grew up in nearby Burton Joyce. Horne has an elder brother, Daniel, and attended Burton Joyce Primary school, a small school not far from his home. He studied A level performing arts at Southwell Minster School, and a degree in drama at the University of Manchester. Here, Horne met Bruce Mackinnon in the first few weeks of term; they realised that they shared a similar sense of humour, but did not write material together until the third year of their studies.
Horne began his career as a stand-up comedian and later became one half of the comedy duo Mat and MacKinnon – first performing at the Edinburgh Festival in 2000. He was spotted at the festival by Catherine Tate who invited him to perform in The Catherine Tate Show.
In 2003, he starred in Channel 4's 20 Things to do Before You're 30 and a year later earned the role of Ben, an atheist RE teacher, in the Channel 4 series Teachers. In 2007 he starred in the BBC sitcom Roman's Empire and in November that year appeared in comedy sketches in The Kylie Show on ITV1 alongside Kylie Minogue, playing her assistant. Horne also featured the Sheriff's court jester in the second series of Robin Hood, aired on BBC One at the end of 2007.
He has also appeared in the first series of ITV production Doc Martin. In 2005, Horne appeared in an episode of The Smoking Room, playing Dominic the nephew of Janet who was conducting a psychological study of the employees.
In 2007 starred in the double BAFTA winning series Gavin & Stacey as main character Gavin Shipman a kind hearted man who falls in love after meeting his partner on the phone at work. The series which received huge critical acclaim run for three series including one Christmas special.
In 2008, Horne appeared in a modern adaptation of the Three Billy Goats Gruff as part of the BBC's Fairy Tales season. He has performed voice-over work for the ITV2 series The Passions of Girls Aloud.
Horne appears in the film Lesbian Vampire Killers and made his stage debut in a 2009 revival of Entertaining Mr Sloane at the Trafalgar Studios. On 3 April 2009 it was reported that Horne collapsed on-stage during a West End performance of the play. He remained on-stage until medical assistance arrived, at which point he was taken to hospital. A statement released soon after said that he was exhausted after working 'flat out' for 3 months and it was later revealed that he was suffering from a virus.
Horne also guest-stars in the video for The Maccabees' 2009 free-download single "No Kind Words"
In 2012, Horne stars in the comedy series Bad Education on BBC Three, he plays Fraser the headmaster of the school a character who rarely does any important work and is more focused on having fun and trying to impress others. Horne received generally positive feedback for his role in the series with many writing that he looks comfortable playing the character.
He also starred in the TV series Sinbad, playing Phileppe (a bartender who you then learn has a secret)
In 2013, Horne appeared in series two, episode 7 of Death in Paradise
Work with James Corden
In 2008 Horne and Corden toured the UK with a stand-up show in preparation for their BBC sketch show Horne & Corden. The first episode was broadcast on 10 March 2009 shown on BBC Three. It was presented in front of a live audience, in a style reminiscent of Morecambe and Wise or The Two Ronnies. A variety of pre-filmed sketches and live performances were included.
2009 also saw the release of Lesbian Vampire Killers a comedy horror film written by Stewart Williams and Paul Hupfield and produced by Steve Clark-Hall and directed by Phil Claydon. Reviews of the film were largely negative. It holds a 29% approval rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes with an average score of 4/10. James Christopher of The Times described Lesbian Vampire Killers as "profoundly awful" stating it is an "instantly forgettable lads' mag farce" and claimed the film was an "appalling waste of a perfectly decent title". Allan Hunter of the Daily Express called it "badly written and hastily executed" and "takes all the easy options of bad taste, bosoms and body fluids". Anthony Quin writing in The Independent gave the film 1 star out of 5, describing it as woeful and stating that Horne and Corden had "overstretched their appeal" and looked "in danger" of becoming today's Hale and Pace. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian described the film as "mostly pretty awful, but there are one or two crass laughs."
The Sun, however, gave it a positive review; Sun reviewer the Sneak gave Lesbian Vampire Killers (LVK) a rating of 3 out of 5 saying "other reviewers will undoubtedly say that LVK is another British comic flop but the Sneak won't be driving that stake into its heart." Similarly, Nicholas Yanes of Scifipulse.net found Lesbian Vampire Killers to be a great "B film" worth becoming a cult classic.
Whilst on the comedy panel show "The King is Dead" in September 2010, star James Corden commented that watching the film would be too harsh a punishment for prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay and that it was "a pile of shit."
Horne appeared alongside Corden in the CGI film Planet 51, with a minor part voicing a soldier, Vesklin.
Recognition and awards
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- Telegraph Interview with James Corden.
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