Will Smith (comedian)

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Will Smith
Born Will Smith
Jersey, Channel Islands
Nationality British
Occupation Actor, writer, stand-up comedian
Known for TV and radio comedy

Will Smith (born 1971) is a British comedian, actor, author,[1] and screenwriter. Born and brought up on the island of Jersey, he now lives in London. His brother is the TV presenter and wine critic Olly Smith.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Smith grew up in Jersey and was educated there at Victoria College.


Smith is a member of the writing team for the BAFTA-winning comedy The Thick of It. He is the only writer on the programme who also acts in it – as MP Peter Mannion's inept adviser and Lord of the Rings-obsessive, Phil Smith. He is also writer and consulting producer on HBO's Veep, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. With Armando Iannucci and Roger Drew he devised Time Trumpet.[3] Smith also writes for various publications, notably for the magazine Intelligent Life, in which he learns something new for each issue. Articles have included banjo-playing, ice-sculpting, circus skills and learning how to make a soufflé.[4] Books by Smith include "How To Be Cool"[5] (Harry Enfield said of it 'Will Smith is the coolest guy in the world (if uncool is the new cool) – he's also terrifically funny'), and "The Joy of No Sex", published by Penguin.[6]

Acting career[edit]

As an actor, his most prominent role to date is probably Phil, Peter Mannion's advisor in the political sitcom The Thick of It. He also has a cameo role in the closing credits of "In the Loop".

Stand-up comedy[edit]

Smith has won several awards for his performances as a comedian, including Chortle Best Headliner 2005 and Time Out Comedy Award winner 2004.[7] Smith took critically acclaimed solo shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival every year from 2003–2006: "Will Smith Is Much Obliged", "Misplaced Childhood" (inspired by his love of the rock band Marillion and their 1985 album of the same name),[8] "Ten Arguments I Should Have Won",[9] and "How To Be Cool".[10] Smith supported Ricky Gervais on his record-breaking sell-out 2007 "Fame" tour, and supported Ardal O'Hanlon and Johnny Vegas on national tours.


Year Title Role Notes
1997 The 11 O'Clock Show
2000 Time Gentlemen Please
2003 Gash
2004 A Wife For William
2005 The Comic Side of 7 Days
2005 Back in the Day
2006 The Charlotte Church Show
2006 Never Mind the Buzzcocks
2006–2012 The Thick of It Phil Smith 2006, one hour special in 2007, 2009, 2012
2007 The C Word
2007 The Late Edition
2008 For One Night Only
2009 Argumental 2 guest appearances
2011 Comedy Lab Tony Season 12, Episode 5
2012 Have I Got News For You
2012 Dead Boss Governor Gorey Season 1, Episode 6


Smith frequently appears as a guest in comedy panel shows on BBC Radio 4, as well as appearing in his own shows including Mr and Mrs Smith, a sitcom about a couple in marriage counselling, and Will Smith Presents the Tao of Bergerac.


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