Kevin Bishop

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Kevin Bishop
Kevin Bishop (cropped).jpg
Bishop at the premiere of Irina Palm in 2007
Born (1980-06-18) 18 June 1980 (age 37)
Orpington, Greater London, England, UK
Medium Television
Nationality British
Years active 1994–present
Genres Sketch comedy
Subject(s)

Kevin Brian Bishop[1] (born 18 June 1980) is an English comedian, actor, writer and star of The Kevin Bishop Show, which he co-wrote with Lee Hupfield.

Life and career[edit]

Bishop's first role was in Grange Hill. His second role, at age 16, was as Ben Quayle in Silent Witness. He played Stupid Brian in My Family; he appeared in three episodes. He starred in Muppet Treasure Island as Jim Hawkins. In 2002, he played Dick in the pantomime, Dick Whittington.

In 2005, he portrayed the late comedian Dudley Moore onstage in Pete and Dud: Come Again, a drama charting Moore's turbulent relationship with Peter Cook, which debuted at the Assembly Rooms as part of the Edinburgh Fringe before transferring to The Venue in London's West End in March 2006. In August 2007 he appeared as the title character in Channel 4's satirical spoof documentary "Being Tom Cruise", a spin-off of Star Stories. In September 2014, Bishop appeared in the one-man show Fully Committed at the Menier Chocolate Factory, in which he played forty characters.

In 2013, Bishop appeared in the American comedy series Super Fun Night, written by and starring Australian comedic actress Rebel Wilson. The show ran for one season.

In August 2016, Bishop starred in the revival of classic 1970s BBC sitcom Porridge. He played the role of Fletch, grandson of Ronnie Barker's original main character, locked up for cyber-crime.[2][3] Originally a one-off, the show was commissioned to full series in October 2016. The first series was broadcast in October 2017 on a 6 week run on BBC1 as well as the full series being released at the same time on the BBC iplayer. The BBC has yet to confirm if there will be a Second Series.

In 2016 Bishop played Nigel Farage in a one-off BBC2 comedy entitled Nigel Farage Gets His Life Back.[4]

In 2017, Bishop became the speaking voice for 2D, fictional lead singer of British virtual band Gorillaz.[5]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1996 Muppet Treasure Island Jim Hawkins Also played the role of a boy soprano in musical numbers
1997 Silent Witness, Series 2, "Friends Like These" Ben Quayle
Pie in the Sky, Series 5, "The Apprentice" Nicky Banks
2000 The Big Finish Kevin
2001 My Family (TV) Brian
2002 L'Auberge espagnole William
Food of Love Paul Porterfield
2005 Peep Show (TV) Gay drugged man
2005 Russian Dolls William
2006–2008 Star Stories Various
2007 Irina Palm Tom
2007–2009 The Kevin Bishop Show (TV)
2011 A Few Best Men Graham
2012 May I Kill U? Baz
2012 Keith Lemon: The Film Dougie
2013–2014 Super Fun Night (TV) Richard Royce
2016 Benidorm Peter Andre tribute act Series 8 Episode 7
2016 The Rack Pack Barry Hearn
2016 Nigel Farage Gets His Life Back Nigel Farage
2016–present Porridge Nigel Norman Fletcher August 2016 one-off special episode: 2017 Series 1, 6 episodes
2017 Tracey Ullman's Show Various Series 2, 6 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1997 Saturn Award Best Performance by a Younger Actor Muppet Treasure Island Nominated[6]
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor Muppet Treasure Island Nominated[6]
2006 British Comedy Awards Best Newcomer Star Stories Nominated[7]
2008 British Comedy Awards Best New Comedy The Kevin Bishop Show Nominated[8]
BAFTA TV Award Best Comedy Programme Star Stories Nominated[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England & Wales, Birth Index, 1916-2005". Ancestry.com. 
  2. ^ Flint, Hanna (7 July 2016). "FIRST LOOK at BBC's Porridge remake starring Kevin Bishop as Fletcher's grandson". Metro. London. Retrieved 16 October 2017. 
  3. ^ Glanfield, Tim (28 August 2016). "Why did they have to remake Porridge?". Radio Times. Retrieved 16 October 2017. 
  4. ^ "Nigel Farage Gets His Life Back". BBC iPlayer. 30 October 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2017. 
  5. ^ Beaumont, Mark (Apr 21, 2017). "Watch Gorillaz' first ever live NME interview". NME. Retrieved 16 October 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Internet Movie Database staff. "Awards for Kevin Bishop". Internet Movie Database. IMDb.com. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "2006 British Comedy Awards results". Digital Spy. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "British Comedy Awards announced". ITV. Archived from the original on 7 December 2008. Retrieved 11 August 2009. 
  9. ^ Internet Movie Database staff (2009). "Awards for "Star Stories"". Internet Movie Database. IMDb.com. Retrieved 13 November 2009. 

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