Justin Edwards (actor)

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Justin Edwards
Justin Matthew Edwards

OccupationActor, writer
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Lucy Porter (m. 2009)

Justin Matthew Edwards is a British actor and writer.

Screen career[edit]

Television work includes the role of Ben Swain in political comedy The Thick of It, the lead role in Channel 5 sitcom Respectable, roles in Black Books, Endeavour, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, The Old Guys, Skins, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, The Trip, Veep, Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle, and Black Mirror amongst many others. He won an RTS award in 2014 for best male actor for his performance in Father Brown ("The Daughters of Jerusalem").

He has played Jeremy Clarkson three times for television, twice for Harry & Paul, and once for Murder in Successville. In 2016 he played Mr Rumbold in the BBC remake of Are You Being Served?.[1]

His film work includes the role of Charles Vernon in Whit Stillman's Love & Friendship,[2] Spartak Sokolov in The Death of Stalin, John Forster in The Man Who Invented Christmas, Inept Policemen in both Paddington and Thor 2, a fop in The Duchess, Leo in Yesterday as well as Giant Haystacks and Gan in Tim Plester's short films World of Wrestling and Blakes Junction Seven.[3]


Edwards is a regular voice on BBC Radio 4, having appeared on The News Quiz, Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive, Cabin Pressure, The Odd Half Hour, Kevin Eldon Will See You Now, Double Science, Mr Blue Sky and Listen Against amongst many others. He hosted five series of Newsjack, the topical sketch show on Radio 4 Extra and wrote and performed in Miles Jupp's radio sitcom In and Out of the Kitchen[citation needed]. In 2016 he played Anthony Trollope in Trollope And The Labours of Hercules, in 2017 he headed up the cast of Rum Bunch,[4] with Mel Giedroyc and Dave Mounfield and starred alongside Meera Syal in "Mrs Sidhu Investigates"


Recent theatre work includes "Twitstorm" at the Park Theatre, "The Rivals" at the Arcola Theatre, "The Opinion Makers" at the Colchester Mercury, "Art" at the Holders Festival in Barbados, and the role of Rasputin in "I Killed Rasputin" at the Assembly Theatre in Edinburgh. In January 2018 he joined the cast of The Ferryman as “Tom Kettle” and reprised the role for the Broadway production which opened in October 2018. In 2020 he joined the RSC, to play Antipholu sOf Ephesus in "The Comedy Of Errors".

Live comedy[edit]

Edwards won the Perrier award (Best Newcomer) at the 2002 Edinburgh Festival Fringe as a member of the sketch trio the Consultants, alongside Neil Edmond and James Rawlings. They went on to write and record four series for BBC Radio 4. As booze-sodden children's entertainer Jeremy Lion he performed four[5][6][7] acclaimed live shows at the Edinburgh Festival and Melbourne Comedy Festival, and was nominated four years running for the Chortle Awards as best character act, winning in 2006 and 2004.[8] He was nominated for the Perrier Award in 2005[9][10] and 2006 he had a successful run at the Edinburgh Festival with his one-man musical show Unaccompanied As I Am.[11]


He was one of the main writers and performers on the BAFTA-nominated children's show Sorry, I've Got No Head[12] as well as co-devising and writing the CBBC sitcom Pixelface and writing for Horrible Histories. He wrote and starred in the sitcoms Double Science (with Ben Willbond) and Buy Me Up TV for Radio Four, and one of his episodes of In and Out of the Kitchen won the BBC Audio drama Award for Best Scripted Comedy Drama in 2015.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Southampton, Hampshire, Edwards studied Drama at the University of Manchester before training at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. He is married to Lucy Porter[14] and they have two children.


  1. ^ "BBC - Are You Being Served? - Media Centre". www.bbc.co.uk.
  2. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (26 May 2016). "Love & Friendship review – Whit Stillman's Austen drama is a racy delight". the Guardian.
  3. ^ Film, British Council. "British Council Film: Blake's Junction 7". film.britishcouncil.org.
  4. ^ Guide, British Comedy. "Rum Bunch - Radio 4 Sketch Show - British Comedy Guide". British Comedy Guide.
  5. ^ Logan, Brian (17 August 2004). "'This won't do the children any good at all'". the Guardian.
  6. ^ Lee, Veronica (16 August 2010). "Edinburgh Festival 2010: Jeremy Lion: not in front of the children" – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  7. ^ Monahan, Mark (9 August 2004). "Edinburgh reports: desperately unhappy and disastrously funny" – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  8. ^ Solutions, Powder Blue Internet Business. "Chortle Awards : Awards 2014 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". www.chortle.co.uk.
  9. ^ "Jeremy Lion - What's The Time, Mr Lion? review at Pleasance Courtyard - Review - Theatre - The Stage". thestage.co.uk.
  10. ^ "Laughing all the way to the Perrier". The Guardian. 25 August 2005.
  11. ^ Monahan, Mark (6 August 2006). "Musical puns and double decapitation" – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  12. ^ Guide, British Comedy. "Sorry, I've Got No Head - CBBC Sketch Show - British Comedy Guide". British Comedy Guide.
  13. ^ "'In and Out of the Kitchen' won Best Scripted Comedy Drama, received by Justin Edwards and the team, presented by Ruth Jones - 2016 Audio Drama Awards Winners - BBC Audio Drama Awards - BBC Radio 4". BBC.
  14. ^ "A right pair of jokers: The secrets of comedy couples". independent.co.uk.

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