Bishop at the premiere of Irina Palm in 2007
18 June 1980 |
Orpington, Greater London, England, UK
Life and career
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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 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. 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.
|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|
|Food of Love||Paul Porterfield|
|2005||Peep Show (TV)||Gay drugged man|
|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
|1997||Saturn Award||Best Performance by a Younger Actor||Muppet Treasure Island||Nominated|
|Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor||Muppet Treasure Island||Nominated|
|2006||British Comedy Awards||Best Newcomer||Star Stories||Nominated|
|2008||British Comedy Awards||Best New Comedy||The Kevin Bishop Show||Nominated|
|BAFTA TV Award||Best Comedy Programme||Star Stories||Nominated|
- "England & Wales, Birth Index, 1916-2005". Ancestry.com.
- 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.
- Glanfield, Tim (28 August 2016). "Why did they have to remake Porridge?". Radio Times. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
- "Nigel Farage Gets His Life Back". BBC iPlayer. 30 October 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
- Beaumont, Mark (Apr 21, 2017). "Watch Gorillaz' first ever live NME interview". NME. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
- Internet Movie Database staff. "Awards for Kevin Bishop". Internet Movie Database. IMDb.com. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
- "2006 British Comedy Awards results". Digital Spy. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
- "British Comedy Awards announced". ITV. Archived from the original on 7 December 2008. Retrieved 11 August 2009.
- Internet Movie Database staff (2009). "Awards for "Star Stories"". Internet Movie Database. IMDb.com. Retrieved 13 November 2009.
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