Tom Basden

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Tom Basden
Born Thomas William Basden[1]
1980
Sutton, England
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer

Tom Basden is a British actor and comedy writer, and a member of the British four-man sketch group Cowards. He has written and performed extensively for comedy shows on the BBC and Channel 4 and often collaborates in two-man shows with fellow Cowards member Tim Key.

Education[edit]

Basden was educated at King's College School, an independent school for boys in Wimbledon in South West London where he was in the same year as fellow actors Khalid Abdalla and Ben Barnes, followed by Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge. He was vice president of the Footlights and his contemporaries included Stefan Golaszewski, Sarah Solemani, Tim Key and Dan Stevens.[2]

Career[edit]

Comedy and Television[edit]

Basden's one man show at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Tom Basden Won't Say Anything won the if.comedy award for Best Newcomer.[3] He also starred with Tim Key in the short film The One and Only Herb McGwyer Plays Wallis Island, which won the UK Film Council Kodak Award for Best British Short Film.[4]

Basden replaced Tim Minchin as the resident musician for the second series of Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better where he appears along with Tim Key and Mark Watson.

He was a guest panellist on the BBC Two programme "Never Mind The Buzzcocks" on Wednesday, 4 November 2009.

Basden was one of the writers of successful sitcom Fresh Meat, which earned him a nomination for the 2012 BAFTA Craft Awards Break-Through Talent Award.[5]

In 2011 he wrote There Is A War starring himself and Phoebe Fox for the National Theatre's Double Feature, and in the next year he appeared as musical side-kick to Key in his Radio 4 programme Tim Key's Late Night Poetry.

In the spring of 2013, Basden co-wrote and appeared in the ancient Rome based ITV sitcom Plebs with Tom Rosenthal, Joel Fry, and Ryan Sampson.[6]

Basden features in the new six-part BBC Two comedy thriller, The Wrong Mans, as Noel.[7] The show was written by, and stars, Mathew Baynton and James Corden. The premiere was on 24 September 2013. Basden co-wrote the third episode.

Stage[edit]

In 2010 his play Party was performed, about a group of rather childish university students holding a meeting to found their own political party. The Guardian gave it a positive review saying calling it "an idiosyncratic and highly enjoyable piece performed beautifully by a crack cast of upcoming comics"; they praised the quality of the jokes, while noting that the satire was light and subtle.[8] It was adapted into a Radio 4 sitcom, broadcast for three series from 2010 to 2012 and written by and starring Basden. It also stars Tim Key, Jonny Sweet, Anna Crilly and Katy Wix.[9]

He was longlisted for the 2011 Evening Standard Theatre Awards Most Promising Playwright for his stage adaption of Franz Kafka's novel The Trial, called Joseph K. It also received positive reviews from The Guardian[10] and the Daily Telegraph.[11]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2007 Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer[12] "Won't Say Anything" Won
2008 British Academy Film Awards Best Short Film The One and Only Herb McGwyer Plays Wallis Island Nominated
Chortle Awards Best Full Show "Won't Say Anything" Nominated
Breakthrough Act Nominated
2011 Evening Standard Award Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright Joseph K Nominated
2012 BAFTA Craft Awards Break-Through Talent Award[13] Fresh Meat Nominated

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Preceded by
Josie Long
Edinburgh Fringe Best Comedy Newcomer
2007
Succeeded by
Sarah Millican