Steve Pemberton

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Steve Pemberton
Birth name Steven James Pemberton
Born (1967-09-01) 1 September 1967 (age 46)
Blackburn, Lancashire, England
Nationality British
Years active c.1995 – present
Influences Monty Python (John Cleese), Rowan Atkinson

Steve James Pemberton[1] (born 1 September 1967) is an English actor, comedian, writer and performer, most famous as a member of The League of Gentlemen along with fellow performers Reece Shearsmith, Mark Gatiss and co-writer Jeremy Dyson. Pemberton and Shearsmith also wrote and appeared in the sitcom Psychoville.

Pemberton's other television credits include Whitechapel (2009); Doctor Who (2008); Benidorm (2007–2014), Blackpool and Shameless.

Early life[edit]

Pemberton attended St. Michael's CE High School in Chorley, Lancashire where his acting skills were first realised. He graduated from Bretton Hall College with a BA (Hons) in Theatre Arts. Married to Alison; they have 3 children, Adam, Lucas, and Madeleine: they live in North London.


His previous work has centred mainly around fringe theatre, being a founder member of 606 Theatre with Gordon Anderson, Tom Hadley and producer Shane Walter, and he has produced, performed in and directed stage productions. Pemberton has written for Variety and was the assistant editor of the International Film Guide from 1991 to 1998.

He is best known as being a member of the sketch comedy team The League of Gentlemen, along with fellow performers Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, and co-writer Jeremy Dyson, all of whom he met at Bretton Hall drama school in his late teens. The League of Gentlemen initially began as a stage act in 1995, transferred to BBC Radio 4 as On the Town with the League of Gentlemen in 1997 and then arrived on television on BBC Two in 1999. The latter has seen Pemberton and his colleagues awarded a British Academy Television Award, a Royal Television Society Award and the prestigious Golden Rose of Montreux.

Pemberton's other TV credits include: Whitechapel (2009); Doctor Who (2008); Benidorm (2007–present); Under the Greenwood Tree (2005); Hotel Babylon (2005); The Last Detective (2005); Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased); and Blackpool. He also appeared in Shameless as the husband of Sheila, Frank's Girlfriend. In 2004 he played Dr. Bessner in Agatha Christie's PoirotDeath on the Nile. Pemberton also starred in the film Lassie (2005) as Hymes.

2007 saw him make an appearance in the film Mr. Bean's Holiday as the vicar in the first scene.

In July 2007, Pemberton took over from Bob Martin as "Man in Chair" in the West End production of the musical The Drowsy Chaperone,[2] playing the role until the production closed on 4 August 2007.[3]

In the 2008 English language DVD re-release of the cult 2006 Norwegian animated film Free Jimmy, Pemberton voiced the character of "Mattis", a heavy-set, bizarrely dressed biker member of the "Lappish Mafia". In this his voice is used along with the other actors of League of Gentlemen such as Reece Shearsmith and Mark Gatiss. The dialogue was written by Simon Pegg and other actors, with performances by Pegg himself, Woody Harrelson, and others.

Psychoville aired June 2009 and marked his return to BBC2. It was co-written by Pemberton and his League of Gentlemen cohort Reece Shearsmith. Both Shearsmith and Pemberton star in the series and play numerous characters, similar to the format of The League of Gentlemen.

Pemberton portrayed Rufus Drumknott, personal aid to Lord Havelock Vetinari, (the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork,) to a gleeful degree in the cast of 2010's Terry Pratchett's Going Postal.

Steve appeared in the Donmar's production of 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as Vice Principal Douglas Panch in 2011.

In 2014, Pemberton will play Georgie Pillson in an adaptation of E.F. Benson's Mapp and Lucia. He also wrote the adaptation, which will feature his League of Gentlemen co-star Mark Gatiss. Filming is due to commence in summer 2014, with a broadcast provisionally scheduled for Christmas 2014.[4]



Year Film Role Notes
1999-2002 The League of Gentlemen Various characters Series 1-3
Also co-creator and co-writer
2000 Gormenghast Professor Mule
2000-2001 Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)
2004 Blackpool Adrian Marr
Shameless Eddie Jackson
Death on the Nile Dr. Bessner
2005 The Last Detective
Hotel Babylon
The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse Various characters Also co-creator and co-writer
Lassie (2005 film) Hynes
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Mr. Prosser
Under The Greenwood Tree
2007–15 Benidorm Mick Garvey Also writer of series 1-6, and An Unwanted Present
2007 The Old Curiosity Shop Mr. Short
Mr. Bean's Holiday Raffle Draw Presenter
2008 The Drowsy Chaperone
Doctor Who - Silence in the Library Strackman Lux
Free Jimmy Mattis
2009–2011 Psychoville Various Characters Also co-writer
2009-2013 Whitechapel Edward Buchan Also writer of 4.3/4.4
2009 Terry Pratchett's Going Postal Drumknott
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Vice-Principal
2012 She Stoops to Conquer Mr Hardcastle
Football Managers Oliver Also writer
2013 Heading Out Vet Inspector Only starred in episode 4
2014 Inside No. 9 Various Characters Also co-writer
Happy Valley Kevin Weatherill
Mapp and Lucia Georgie Pillson Also writer

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837–1983 (database on-line).
  2. ^ Baluch, Lalayn (27 June 2007). "Steve Pemberton to join The Drowsy Chaperone". The Stage (The Stage Newspaper). Retrieved 3 June 2008. 
  3. ^ Gans, Andrew (6 July 2007). "London's Drowsy Chaperone to Close in August". Playbill News (Playbill). Retrieved 3 June 2008. 
  4. ^ "BBC announces adaptation of EF Benson's Mapp and Lucia". Retrieved 3 May 2014. 

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