Jonathan Huw Sweet|
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, writer|
Sweet was born in Nottingham and educated at the local independent school Nottingham High School. He read English at Pembroke College, Cambridge and met writing partner Joe Thomas, and both were members of the Footlights. Sweet served as vice president to Simon Bird while Thomas was secretary. After graduating, the three shared a flat together before their big break into comedy and television. He graduated with a first and was expected to follow his father into the legal profession but joined Endemol UK on an internship instead. He is a supporter of Nottingham Forest Football Club.
In 2009 Sweet won The Edinburgh Comedy Award for best newcomer for his show 'Mostly About Arthur'. He also starred in Tom Basden's debut play Party alongside Basden himself, 2009 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Tim Key, Anna Crilly, Katy Wix and Nick Mohammed. The play won a Fringe First before travelling to the Sydney Arts Festival and appearing in London's West End and in adaptation as a BBC Radio 4 sitcom.
Sweet became known for playing posh characters after his role as future Prime Minister David Cameron in the 2009 More 4 satirical show When Boris Met Dave, which details how Cameron and Mayor of London Boris Johnson first met. He also appeared alongside Alistair McGowan, Adrian Edmonson and Hugh Dennis in Pete and Dud: The Lost Sketches, a revival of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's works on BBC Two.
In 2012, he had a small role in BBC's Him & Her as one of Paul's newly found relatives.
He is also writing partner with Inbetweeners stars Simon Bird and Joe Thomas and together they make up the sketch group The House of Windsor. Following their critically acclaimed Edinburgh show The Meeting, they are now developing projects together for TV and film. Their period sitcom Chickens, about 3 conscientious objectors during World War I was broadcast in Autumn on Sky One, also starring Barry Humphries. Thomas and Sweet have also performed as a double-act, garnering many rave reviews and being nominated for a Writer's Guild Award.
He has recorded two series of his Radio 4 sitcom, Hard to Tell, a romance in which you never hear the couple speak to one another, starring Charlotte Ritchie as his love interest. In 2013, he was nominated for the Best Breakthrough Artist at the British Comedy Awards.
In 2014 Sweet starred as Tom Oliver in the Channel 4 police comedy-drama series Babylon. In 2015, Sweet created, wrote and starred in the BBC sitcom Together. He recently wrote an episode of Tom Basden's E4 series Gap Year.
- "Jonny Sweet: smell of success". independent.co.uk. 18 January 2011.
- "Interview: Jonny Sweet and Nick Mohammed". The Cambridge Student. 11 May 2010.
- "Chickens: What the Inbetweeners did next". guardian.co.uk. 29 August 2011.
- "Poet named Edinburgh comedy king". BBC News. BBC. 29 August 2009.
- "Unknown cast in Cameron TV drama". BBC News. BBC. 27 July 2009.
- Quainton, David (19 August 2009). "Latest from Edinburgh Fringe: Jonny Sweet's "Mostly About Arthur"". www.eventmagazine.co.uk. Retrieved 1 September 2009.
- Fullerton, Huw (6 October 2015). "Together review: a charming new comedy in the last days of BBC3". Radio_Times#Website.
- "Interview with Tim Key for Gap Year". Channel 4. 14 February 2017.
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