Bird at the BAFTAs TV Awards, June 6, 2010
|Born||Simon Antony Bird
19 August 1984
Guildford, Surrey, England
Simon Antony Bird (born 19 August 1984) is an English actor, and comedian. He is best known for playing Will McKenzie in the BAFTA-winning E4 sitcom The Inbetweeners, and for playing Adam Goodman in the Channel 4 Comedy Friday Night Dinner.
Bird was born in Guildford, Surrey, England, one of four children of Heather (née Gage) and Graham Bird. He comes from a "solidly professional middle-class" family; his parents are Economics professors at the University of Surrey. Bird was educated at Royal Grammar School, Guildford before studying English at Queens' College, Cambridge. He was the President of Cambridge University's sketch group, The Footlights. Bird has three siblings, one of whom, Alan, is the current Deputy Head at Brighton College. The others are both medics: Anne is a doctor in New York City, and Tom is a medical student at the University of East Anglia. He is a well-known Crystal Palace FC fan.
While completing an MA in Cultural & Critical Studies at Birkbeck College, Bird set up the sketch comedy group 'The House of Windsor' with Joe Thomas (who plays Simon Cooper in The Inbetweeners) and Jonny Sweet. They performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 2007 and in 2008 with a show called The Meeting, described as a site-specific comedy installation set in an actual boardroom, which received national media attention and a clutch of five-star reviews. Bird and Thomas were also regulars on series 1 and 2 of The Weekly Show, a podcast for Channel 4 Radio (2006-7).
Bird also performs stand-up comedy and took part in Chortle's national student comedy awards in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, coming second in his final attempt. (He was a finalist in 2006, and was disqualified for deliberately breaking the rules in 2007.)
In 2008, Bird was cast in E4's teen comedy The Inbetweeners as Will McKenzie, along with Joe Thomas. He won the 2008 British Comedy Award for Best Male Newcomer and the 2009 British Comedy Award for Best Actor. He was also nominated for Best Comedy Performance at the 2008 Royal Television Society Awards, and Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme at the 2009 BAFTA Awards.
In 2010 Bird created a BBC Three comedy panel show The King Is Dead, in which a well-known person is hypothetically killed off and a panel of three personalities go head-to-head in a series of satirical quiz rounds and challenges in their bid to replace them. He hosted alongside Nick Mohammed and Katy Wix.
Another of Bird's projects is Friday Night Dinner, a single-camera comedy written by Robert Popper and made by Big Talk Productions. Although his character in Friday Night Dinner is a member of a Jewish family (the Friday night dinner being a Jewish tradition), Bird himself is not Jewish.
Bird has also recently co-created, co-written, and co-starred in a pilot, 'Chickens', for Channel 4, alongside Jonny Sweet and Joe Thomas. It is about three men who remain in England during World War I. It was broadcast as part of Channel 4's Comedy Showcase season. In 2012, Sky1 picked up a 6 episode season, filming began in late 2012 and the series premiered in Summer 2013.
|2011||The Inbetweeners Movie||Will McKenzie|
|2013||The Look of Love||Jonathan Hodge|
|2013||The Harry Hill Movie||Vet|
|2014||The Inbetweeners Movie 2||Will McKenzie|
|2008–2010||The Inbetweeners||Will McKenzie||British Comedy Award Best Male Comedy Newcomer (2008)
British Comedy Award Best TV Comedy Actor (2009)
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Role (2010)
|2010||The King is Dead||Himself/host||Creator, writer|
|2011||Comedy Showcase||Cecil||Episode: "Chickens"|
|2011–present||Friday Night Dinner||Adam|
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- Gilbert, Gerald (4 October 2012). "Simon Bird: 'Danger with The Inbetweeners is that it will no longer be believable that we are under the age of 30'". The Independent.
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- Simon Bird - Revels Chortle Student Comedy Awards 2007
- Simon Bird - Chortle Student Comedy Awards 2008 2
- Simon Bird at the Internet Movie Database
- Digital Spy - Simon Bird, James Buckley (The Inbetweeners)
- Virgin Media - Meet the Inbetweeners