|Born||Steven James Pemberton
1 September 1967
Blackburn, Lancashire, England
|Occupation||Actor, writer, comedian, screenwriter, director|
Mapp and Lucia
Inside No. 9
Steve James Pemberton (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, Whitechapel, Happy Valley and Mapp and Lucia.
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, Pemberton graduated from Bretton Hall College with a BA (Hons) in theatre arts.
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).
Pemberton 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.
In 2007, Pemberton made an appearance as the 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, 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 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 played Georgie Pillson in an adaptation of E.F. Benson's Mapp and Lucia. He also wrote the adaptation, which featured his League of Gentlemen cohort Mark Gatiss. It was broadcast during Christmas 2014.
|2004||Death on the Nile||Dr. Bessner|
|2005||The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse||Various Characters||Co-creator, co-writer|
|The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy||Mr. Prosser|
|2007||The Old Curiosity Shop||Mr. Short|
|Mr. Bean's Holiday||Vicar|
|1999–2002||The League of Gentlemen||Various Characters||Series 1–3
|2000–2001||Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)|
|The Last Detective|
|Under the Greenwood Tree|
|2008||Doctor Who||Strackman Lux||Episodes: "Silence in the Library","Forest of the Dead"|
|2009||Terry Pratchett's Going Postal||Drumknott|
|2009–2013||Whitechapel||Edward Buchan||Writer of 2 episodes|
|2013||Heading Out||Vet Inspector||1 episode|
|2014||Mapp and Lucia||Georgie Pillson||Writer|
|2014—||Happy Valley||Kevin Weatherill|
|Inside No. 9||Various Characters||Co-writer and director|
|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
- 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.