Greg Davies

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Greg Davies
Greg Davies 2011.jpg
Davies at the 2011 IPM Awards
Birth name Gregory Daniel Davies
Born (1968-05-14) 14 May 1968 (age 49)
St Asaph, Denbighshire, Wales
Medium Stand-up comedy, television and film
Nationality British
Years active 2002–present
Notable works and roles The Inbetweeners (2008–2014)
Cuckoo (2012–present)
Man Down(2013–present)
Taskmaster (2015–present)

Gregory Daniel "Greg" Davies (born 14 May 1968) is a British stand-up comedian and actor known for his roles as Greg in We Are Klang, Mr Gilbert in The Inbetweeners and Ken Thompson in Cuckoo, as well as for his guest appearances in Mock the Week, Would I Lie to You? and Fast and Loose. He has performed on the BBC's Live at the Apollo series.

Early life[edit]

Davies was born in St Asaph, Denbighshire. His parents lived in England at the time, but his Welsh father drove his mother Pauline across the border to make sure he was born in Wales.[1] He grew up in Wem, a small market town in the northern half of Shropshire, the county which he regards as his home.[2][3] He also has a sister.[4]

Davies was educated at Thomas Adams School and Brunel University, where he studied English and Drama.[5] Prior to embarking on a career in comedy, he had taught secondary school Drama and English for thirteen years at Langleywood School in Slough, Orleans Park School in Twickenham, southwest London, and Sandhurst School in Sandhurst.[6]


In 2005 Davies played a caricature of cricketer W. G. Grace in a series of adverts for Channel 4's television coverage of The Ashes.[7]

In 2007 Davies was nominated three times in the Chortle Awards, in the categories "Breakthrough Act" (for his solo stand-up act), "Best Sketch, Variety or Character Act", and "Best Full-Length Show" (both as part of sketch team We Are Klang).[8]

In 2010 Davies' first solo stand-up show Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog was nominated for the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Awards at the Edinburgh Festival.[9] The show was subsequently taken on his first ever tour the following autumn.[10] He was also nominated for the Edinburgh Fringe's Malcolm Hardee "Act Most Likely to Make a Million Quid" Award.[11]

From October 2013 Davies starred in Channel 4's sitcom Man Down,[12] as Dan, a man who hates his job as a teacher,[13] with Rik Mayall as his father. Channel 4 commissioned an additional 25-minute Christmas special before the first series aired,[14] and a second series was announced during Davies's live tour "The Back of My Mum's Head", although this was before Rik Mayall's death in June 2014. Following Mayall's death, Davies met with Channel 4 to discuss the future of the show. Mayall had been intended to have a more a prominent role in the second series.[15] Channel 4 later announced that Man Down would return for a second series in 2015.[16] The classroom used in the show is the same classroom in which Davies taught at Sandhurst School.[17]

In December 2015 Davies starred in BBC Two's comedy drama A Gert Lush Christmas where he played Tony, the uncle of Russell and Kerry Howard's characters. On Christmas Day he played King Hydroflax in the 2015 Doctor Who Special "The Husbands of River Song" [18]

From July 2015 Davies was the host of the Dave show Taskmaster.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Davies is noted for his height, standing 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) tall and has size 13 feet.[20][21]

He was previously in a relationship with Liz Kendall, a Labour politician who, in 2015, was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Leicester West.[22] However, the couple split up just a few months prior to the 2015 General Election. [23][24]

In February 2017, Davies was the subject of a programme in the BBC genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? In the programme Davies returned to his father's family origins in Porthmadog, North Wales and discovered that both his paternal grandmother, Edith, and her sister, Rebecca, were illegitimate. His great-grandfather William Owen had a second family who were brought up in Stanleytown in the Rhondda Valley, South Wales. Like many people in North Wales, Davies also claimed descent from Owain Gwynedd.[25][26]


Year Title Role
2006 Girls? Eugh!
2007 The Musical Storytellers Ginger & Black Mr Hopkirk
2007 Saxondale Dunc
2008 The Wall various characters
2008–2010 The Inbetweeners Mr Gilbert
2009 We Are Klang Greg
2011 Fast and Loose himself
2011 The Inbetweeners Movie Mr Gilbert
2011 Greg Davies Live – Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog himself
2012–present Cuckoo Ken
2013 Greg Davies Live – The Back of My Mum's Head himself
2013–present Man Down Dan
2014 This is Jinsy Jennitta Bishard
2014 The Inbetweeners 2 Mr Gilbert
2015–present Taskmaster himself
2015 A Gert Lush Christmas Uncle Tony
2015 Doctor Who King Hydroflax
2016 Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods[27] The Centurion (English dub)
2017 Who Do You Think You Are? subject
2017 Comic Relief 2017 himself


  1. ^ Wales, South (2012-10-11). "Greg still top of the class". South Wales Evening Post. Retrieved 2015-05-10. 
  2. ^ "My life in travel: Greg Davies, actor and comedian". The Independent. 9 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Wem's Greg Davies makes it big". Great British Life. 13 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Guardian, The (8 April 2011). "Rik Mayall was still a force of nature. His ambition was huge". The Guardian. 
  5. ^ Greg Davies Radio Times interview. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Tall tales with king of comedy Greg Davies". Birmingham Post. 21 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Breaking Ads – Channel 4 – Ashes coverage". Newspaper Marketing Agency. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  8. ^ Solutions, Powder Blue Internet Business. "And the Chortle nominees are.. : News 2007 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". Retrieved 10 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award 2010 nominations". Retrieved 10 June 2017. 
  10. ^ "Greg Davies sends fans home laughing". Perthshire Advertiser. 27 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "British Comedy Guide, August 2009". Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  12. ^ "Man Down". British Comedy Guide. 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-30. 
  13. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (2 November 2012). "'Inbetweeners' actor Greg Davies to star in Channel 4's 'Man Down'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "Channel 4 orders Christmas special of Man Down". British Comedy Guide. 23 August 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-30. 
  15. ^ "Man Down to go on without Mayall". Archived from the original on 4 September 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  16. ^ "Man Down". 
  17. ^ "Man Down – Interviews with Greg Davies & Rik Mayall – Channel 4 – Info – Press". Channel 4. 25 October 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  18. ^ "Doctor Who: Matt Lucas and Greg Davies join Christmas special". BBC News. 
  19. ^ [1]
  20. ^ Wilson, Chris (15 June 2013). "Heights of success". The Stage. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  21. ^ "Chris Blumer Interviews Greg Davies". NME. Archived from the original on 30 January 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2011. 
  22. ^ Watt, Nicholas. "Voters believe politicians don't understand them, warns leading MP". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  23. ^ Donald MacIntyre (22 May 2015). "Liz Kendall: Is Labour's smart, articulate rising star the heir to Tony Blair?". The Independent. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  24. ^ "Labour leadership contender Liz Kendall reveals her relationship with Inbetweeners star Greg Davies is over". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  25. ^ "Greg Davies, Series 13, Who Do You Think You Are? - BBC One". BBC. Retrieved 10 June 2017. 
  26. ^ "Feature article on TheGenealogist". TheGenealogist. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  27. ^ Obelix, Asterix & (21 July 2016). "Very excited to announce that The Centurion is voiced by @gdavies this summer! Trailer coming soon! #Asterix". Retrieved 10 June 2017. 

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