Steve Pemberton

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Steve Pemberton
Birth name Steven James Pemberton
Born (1967-09-01) 1 September 1967 (age 47)
Blackburn, Lancashire, England
Years active 1995–present
Influences Monty Python, John Cleese, Rowan Atkinson
Spouse Alison
Children 3

Steve James Pemberton[1] (born 1 September 1967) is an English actor, writer, comedian, and screenwriter, best known as a member of The League of Gentlemen with Reece Shearsmith, Mark Gatiss, and Jeremy Dyson. Pemberton and Shearsmith also wrote and appeared in the sitcom Psychoville. His other television credits include Doctor Who, Benidorm, Blackpool, Shameless, and Whitechapel.

Early life[edit]

Pemberton was born in Blackburn, Lancashire. He attended St. Michael's CE High School, where his acting skills were first recognised. After studying at Runshaw College, he graduated from Bretton Hall College with a BA (Hons) in theatre arts.

Career[edit]

Pemberton's previous work has centred mainly around fringe theatre; he was a founding member of the 606 Theatre with Gordon Anderson, Tom Hadley, and producer Shane Walter. He has produced, performed in, and directed various stage productions. He has written for Variety and was the assistant editor of the International Film Guide from 1991 to 1998. His TV credits include Whitechapel, Doctor Who, Benidorm, Under the Greenwood Tree, Hotel Babylon, The Last Detective, Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased), Blackpool, and Shameless. In 2004, he played Dr. Bessner in Death on the Nile. He also starred in the film Lassie (2005).

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 College in his late teens. The League of Gentlemen initially began as a stage act in 1995, then transferred to BBC Radio 4 as On the Town with the League of Gentlemen in 1997, and finally 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 a Golden Rose of Montreux.

2007 saw Pemberton make an appearance as a vicar in the film Mr. Bean's Holiday. In July 2007, he 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 Mattis, a heavy-set and bizarrely-dressed biker member of the Lappish Mafia. In June 2009, Psychoville aired and marked Pemberton's return to BBC Two. It was co-written by Pemberton and his fellow League of Gentlemen member Reece Shearsmith. Both of them play numerous characters in the series, similar to the format of The League of Gentlemen.

Pemberton portrayed Rufus Drumknott in 2010's Terry Pratchett's Going Postal. He appeared as Vice Principal Douglas Panch in the Donmar's 2011 production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. In 2014, he 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 cohort Mark Gatiss. It is due to be broadcast during Christmas 2014.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Pemberton and his wife, Alison, have three children: Adam, Lucas, and Madeleine. They live in North London.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Death on the Nile Dr. Bessner
2005 The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse Various Characters Co-creator, co-writer
2005 Lassie Hynes
2005 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Mr. Prosser
2007 The Old Curiosity Shop Mr. Short
2007 Mr. Bean's Holiday Vicar
2008 Free Jimmy Mattis
2012 Football Managers Oliver Writer

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999–2002 The League of Gentlemen Various Characters Series 1–3
Co-creator, co-writer
2000 Gormenghast Professor Mule
2000–2001 Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)
2004 Blackpool Adrian Marr
2004 Shameless Eddie Jackson
2005 Hotel Babylon
2005 The Last Detective
2005 Under the Greenwood Tree
2007–2015 Benidorm Mick Garvey Co-writer of series 1–6
2008 Doctor Who Strackman Lux Episodes: "Silence in the Library","Forest of the Dead"
2009 Terry Pratchett's Going Postal Drumknott
2009–2011 Psychoville Various Characters Co-writer
2009–2013 Whitechapel Edward Buchan Writer of 2 episodes
2013 Heading Out Vet Inspector 1 episode
2014 Inside No. 9 Various Characters Co-writer
2014 Happy Valley Kevin Weatherill
2014 Mapp and Lucia Georgie Pillson Writer

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role
2008 The Drowsy Chaperone
2009 The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Vice Principal Douglas Panch
2012 She Stoops to Conquer Mr. Hardcastle

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Ancestry.com. 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". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 

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