Mathew Baynton

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Mathew Baynton
Mathew Baynton at Glasgow Film Festival 2011.jpg
Baynton at the 2011 Glasgow Film Festival.
Born (1980-11-18) 18 November 1980 (age 42)
Occupation(s)Actor, writer, comedian, musician
Years active2007–present
SpouseKelly Robinson

Mathew John Baynton (born 18 November 1980) is an English actor, writer, comedian, singer, and musician best known as a member of the British Horrible Histories troupe in which he starred in the TV series Horrible Histories; as well as an actor in Yonderland and Ghosts. He was also the co-creator, writer and star of the sitcom The Wrong Mans. Other major television roles include Deano in Gavin & Stacey, Chris Pitt-Goddard in Spy, Simon in Peep Show, and twin brothers Jamie Winton and Ariel Conroy in You, Me and the Apocalypse.

Early life[edit]

Baynton was born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. He is the youngest of three boys, with two older brothers, Daniel and Andrew. He was educated at Southend High School for Boys. He graduated with first class honours from the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama,[2] and later trained in clowning at École Philippe Gaulier in Paris. Baynton explained his motivation in an interview with Metro: "The performing instinct came from making my family laugh, so I've always been drawn to the funny side of things. Comedy is really rewarding."[3]


Acting and writing[edit]

Baynton is one of the performers of the hit children's television series Horrible Histories, appearing in the first five series as a singer, actor, and occasional writer.[4] Along with the five other members of the Horrible Histories cast, Baynton is the creator, writer, and star of Yonderland, an eight-part family fantasy comedy series that premiered on Sky1 on 10 November 2013.[5] He starred with the same troupe in Bill, a BBC family comedy film based loosely around the early life of William Shakespeare, who ventures to London to pursue his dream of becoming a playwright.[6][7] The troupe also reunited in 2019 to create the BBC series Ghosts, with Baynton appearing as a romantic poet named Thomas Thorne.

Baynton teamed with friend and fellow Gavin & Stacey alumnus James Corden to create, write, and star in The Wrong Mans, a comedy-thriller for BBC Two that premiered in autumn 2013.[8] The series is co-produced by online television provider in the United States, where it premiered in November 2013.[9] The first six-part series proved a critical and commercial success, and a similarly well-received two-part sequel was broadcast in December 2014.[10]

Other notable TV comedy roles include Deano in Gavin & Stacey; Chris in the Darren Boyd sitcom vehicle Spy; and William in the 2017 black comedy series Quacks.

In 2009, he appeared in a music video for Mercury Prize-nominated band, The Bees.[11]

Baynton appeared at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, starring in the world premiere of Tom Basden's play Holes.[12] He reprised his role of Gus in a London revival of the same play in summer 2014.[13]

In late 2015, Baynton portrayed Jamie Winton and his brother Ariel Conroy in Sky1's science fiction comedy-drama miniseries You, Me and the Apocalypse.


Baynton is a former member of the band Special Benny as a vocalist and guitarist.[14] Their debut album Toys was released in 2010.

He has also performed as a solo act under the name Dog Ears. His debut solo EP, So It Goes, was released in November 2011.[15] It consists of four self-penned songs.


He appeared in 'John Finnemore's Double Acts'

Personal life[edit]

He and his wife Kelly Robinson, a film historian, have two children: a son, Bo, born in 2011, and a daughter, Ida, born in 2016. [16]

Baynton has commented on his son's skewed view of his father's profession: "He thinks work is putting on a beard. One day his eyes will be opened, but I do find it wonderful that that's his view of work."[17] He commented during the same interview that while many actors do not want their children to become an actor as well, but Baynton has said that he sees no problem with his son following in his footsteps by stating that "if he enjoys it, so why shouldn't I let him?".[17] Bo appeared as the young Mary, Queen of Scots in one episode of Horrible Histories.

Baynton tries to keep Bo and Ida out of the spotlight. However, Baynton raised awareness about breaking gender barriers after Bo was mocked in the park for wearing a pink bicycle helmet.[18] Baynton expressed his belief that he lets his son express his likes and dislikes freely without categorising toys and colours in gendered categories. Baynton stated "I won't be teaching my boy how to be a 'boy.'"[18]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 1234 Neil
Telstar Ritchie Blackmore
2009 City Rats Barista
2010 Hereafter College Receptionist
Tooty's Wedding Aiden
You Instead Tyko
2015 Bill William "Bill" Shakespeare
Various Characters
The Falling Mr. Hopkins
2023 Wonka TBA


Year Title Role
2007 Learners Howard
2008 Ashes to Ashes Tom Robinson
Roman's Empire Davvy
2008–2009 Gavin & Stacey Deano
2009 Doc Martin Junior Chef
Horne & Corden Various characters
Brave Young Men Dylan
New Town Derrin
Doc Martin Chef
2009–2010 The Armstrong & Miller Show Various characters
2009–2013 Horrible Histories Various characters including Charles II and Dick Turpin
2010 The King Is Dead Various characters
The Fleet Van salesman
The Stephen K. Amos Show Himself
2010–2012 Peep Show Simon
2011 BBC Proms: Horrible Histories Big Prom Party Various characters
2011–2012 Spy Chris Pitt-Goddard
2013–2014 The Wrong Mans Sam Pinkett
2013–2016 Yonderland Various characters
2014 Blandings Pongo Twistleton
2015 You, Me and the Apocalypse Jamie Winton, Ariel Conroy
2016–present Bob the Builder Roland
2016 Drunk History Various characters
2017 Inside No. 9 Ted
Quacks William Agar
2018 Vanity Fair Bute Crawley
The Split Rex
2019–present Ghosts Thomas Thorne, Mick (Plague Ghost)
2019 Urban Myths Kenny Everett
2021 Death in Paradise Colin Babcock
2022 Ghosts (US) Actor


Year Title Role Venue Notes
2003 Loot Meadows & Mrs. McLeavy Derby Playhouse, Derby
2005 The Bubonic Play Minstrel Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe
2006 Hello Dalai Various Roles Underbelly, Edinburgh as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe
2007 Office Party Barbican Centre, London
2011 Horrible Histories: BBC Proms 2011 Various Roles Royal Albert Hall, London as part of BBC Proms
2013 Holes Gus Assembly George Square Studios, Edinburgh as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe


Year Title Role
2022 The Miser Valère

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2006 Fringe Report Awards Best Farce (with all crew & cast) The Bubonic Play Won [19]
2010 British Academy Children's Awards Best Writing (with writing team) Horrible Histories - Series 2 Won [20]
2011 British Comedy Awards Best Sketch Show (with writing team) Horrible Histories - Series 2 Won [21]
2012 British Academy Children's Awards Best Performer Horrible Histories Nominated [22]
2013 RTS Programme Awards Best Writer – Comedy (with James Corden & Tom Basden) The Wrong Mans Won [23]
2014 British Academy Television Craft Awards Best Writer – Comedy (with James Corden) The Wrong Mans Nominated [24]
British Academy Television Awards Best Male Comedy Performance The Wrong Mans Nominated [25]
Satellite Awards Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy The Wrong Mans Nominated [26]
British Comedy Awards Best New Comedy Programme (with James Corden) The Wrong Mans Nominated [27]
BANFF World Media Rockie Awards Best Sitcom The Wrong Mans Nominated [28]
2015 British Academy Television Craft Awards Best Writer – Comedy (with James Corden) The Wrong Mans, Episode: "X-Mans" Nominated [29]
British Academy Television Awards Best Scripted Comedy (with Jim Field Smith & James Corden) The Wrong Mans Nominated [30] Awards Best New TV Sitcom (with James Corden) The Wrong Mans Won [31]
2022 National Comedy Awards Outstanding Comedy Actor Ghosts Nominated


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  3. ^ "Mathew Baynton: We couldn't have asked for The Wrong Mans to go any better". Metro. 20 November 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
  4. ^ West, Naomi (25 May 2010). "How Horrible Histories grew up to be a hit comedy show". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 12 January 2022. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
  5. ^ "Sky1 to visit Yonderland". Sky1 website. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Stars of Horrible Histories to make Shakespeare film". BBC Media Centre. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Bill: production details". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
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  9. ^ "BBC, Hulu team on James Corden laffer". Variety online. 9 October 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
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  11. ^ The Bees - Listening Man, retrieved 22 November 2022
  12. ^ "Holes announcement". The Invisible Dot Ltd. 26 July 2013. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  13. ^ "Holes announcement". Arcola Theatre, summer 2014 program. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  14. ^ "About". Special Benny.
  15. ^ "Dog Ears". Dog Ears.
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  18. ^ a b ""Let kids wear what they want," says actor Mathew Baynton". Glamour Magazine. 13 November 2017.
  19. ^ "Fringe Report Awards Book – 2016". Fringe Report. Fringe Report. Retrieved 3 October 2021.
  20. ^ "Children's in 2010". BAFTA. Retrieved 3 October 2021.
  21. ^ "WINNERS 2010". British Comedy Award. Retrieved 3 October 2021.
  22. ^ "Children's Performer in 2012".
  23. ^ "Winners Announced at RTS Programme Awards 2013". Royal Television Society. 18 March 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  24. ^ "Television Craft Writer - Comedy in 2014".
  25. ^ "Male Performance in a Comedy Programme in 2014".
  26. ^ "Satellite Awards (2014)". International Press Academy. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  27. ^ "WINNERS 2014". British Comedy Awards. Retrieved 3 October 2021.
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  31. ^ " Awards 2015 results". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 3 October 2021.

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