|Birth name||Steven James Pemberton|
1 September 1967 |
Blackburn, Lancashire, England
|Years active||c.1995 – present|
|Influences||Monty Python (John Cleese), Rowan Atkinson|
Steve James Pemberton (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 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 Poirot – Death 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, playing the role until the production closed on 4 August 2007.
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.
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.
|1999-2002||The League of Gentlemen||Various characters||Series 1-3
Also co-creator and co-writer
|2000-2001||Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)|
|Death on the Nile||Dr. Bessner|
|2005||The Last Detective|
|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|
|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
- Ancestry.com. England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837–1983 (database on-line).
- Baluch, Lalayn (27 June 2007). "Steve Pemberton to join The Drowsy Chaperone". The Stage (The Stage Newspaper). Retrieved 3 June 2008.
- Gans, Andrew (6 July 2007). "London's Drowsy Chaperone to Close in August". Playbill News (Playbill). Retrieved 3 June 2008.
- "BBC announces adaptation of EF Benson's Mapp and Lucia". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
- "Steve Pemberton". PBJ Management. 2006. Archived from the original on 3 May 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2008.