Mathew Baynton

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Mathew Baynton
Mathew Baynton at Glasgow Film Festival 2011.jpg
Mathew Baynton at Glasgow Film Festival 2011
Born (1980-11-18) 18 November 1980 (age 35)
Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
Occupation Actor, writer, comedian and singer/musician
Years active
2007 - Present
Website (music website)

Mathew Baynton (born 18 November 1980) is an English actor, musician and writer. He is best known as the co-creator, writer and star of sitcoms The Wrong Mans and Yonderland, as well as a member of the starring troupe of children's sketch comedy Horrible Histories. Other major recurring TV roles include Deano in Gavin & Stacey and Chris Pitt-Goddard in Spy.

Life and work[edit]

Baynton was born in Southend-on-Sea, and educated at Southend High School for Boys. He graduated with a first from the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama[1] and later trained in clowning at École Philippe Gaulier in Paris, France. In an interview with Metro, Baynton explained his motivation: "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." [2]

He 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.[3] The series is co-produced by online television provider in the US where it premiered in November 2013.[4] The first six-part series proved a critical and commercial success, and a similarly well-received two-part sequel was broadcast in December 2014.[5]

Baynton is also familiar as one of the stars of the hit children's television series Horrible Histories, appearing over all five series as a singer, actor and occasional writer.[6] Other notable roles include the recurring character of Deano in Gavin & Stacey and co-starring as Chris in the Darren Boyd sitcom vehicle Spy.

Along with the five other members of the Horrible Histories starring cast, Baynton is also the co-creator, -writer and -star of Yonderland, an eight-part family fantasy comedy series that premiered on Sky1 on 10 November 2013.[7] He will co-star with the same troupe in Bill, a BBC-produced family comedy film based loosely around the early life of William Shakespeare.[8] Filming began in February 2014 and the film is due for release in early 2015.[9]

In addition, Baynton appeared at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, starring in the world premiere of Tom Basden's play Holes.[10] He reprised his role of Gus in a London revival of the same play in summer 2014.[11]

In 2009, Baynton featured in the video for the Maccabees' single 'No Kind Words' alongside Mathew Horne. Alongside his acting career, Baynton is a former member of the band Special Benny as a vocalist, guitarist and bassist. 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 launched in November 2011.[12] It consists of four self-penned songs: "The Howling", "Like Rain", "Onwards Onwards" and "Mrs Winchester".



Year Title Role Director
2015 Bill William "Bill" Shakespeare, various characters Richard Bracewell
2015 The Falling (film) Mr. Hopkins Carol Morley
2010 Tooty's Wedding Aiden Frederic Casella
2010 You Instead Tyko David Mackenzie
2010 Hereafter College Receptionist Clint Eastwood
2009 City Rats Barista Steve M Kelly
2008 Telstar Ritchie Blackmore Nick Moran
2008 1234 Neil Giles Borg


Year Title Role
2015 You, Me and the Apocalypse Jamie Winton/Ariel Conway
2013–2015 Yonderland Various Characters
2013–2014 The Wrong Mans Sam Pinkett
2011–2012 Spy Chris Pitt-Goddard
2011 BBC Proms Horrible Histories Big Prom Party Various Characters
2010 The Fleet Van salesman
2010, 2012 Peep Show Simon
2010 The Steven K. Amos Show Himself (guest)
2009–2013 Horrible Histories Various Characters
2009 Brave Young Men Dylan
2009 New Town Derrin
2008–2010 Gavin and Stacey Deano
2010 The King Is Dead Various Characters
2009 Horne & Corden Various
2009–2010 The Armstrong and Miller Show Various Characters
2009 Doc Martin Junior chef
2008 Ashes to Ashes Tom Robinson
2008 Roman's Empire Davvy
2007 Learners Howard

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 2012, Baynton was nominated for a Children's BAFTA for Best Performer for his work on Series Four of Horrible Histories. He lost to Khalil Madovi for 4 O'Clock Club.

With Corden and Tom Basden, he won a 2013 Royal Television Society (RTS) Programme Award for Best Writer—Comedy for The Wrong Mans.[13] Baynton and Corden also received a 2014 BAFTA TV Craft Award nomination in the same category, and were nominated for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme in the same year's BAFTA Television Awards.[14][15]

Personal life[edit]

Baynton is the youngest of three brothers. His own son was born in spring 2011. In the 7th episode of Horrible Histories series 4, the younger Baynton made a cameo as the infant Mary, Queen of Scots; his father has said that he sees no problem with the boy following further in his footsteps. "I enjoy it, so why would I not let him?"[16]


  1. ^ "Cal McCrystal". 
  2. ^ "Mathew Baynton: We couldn't have asked for The Wrong Mans to go any better". Metro. 20 Nov 2013. Retrieved 20 Nov 2013. 
  3. ^ "BBC Two announces new comedy, The Wrong Mans". BBC Media Centre. 9 Oct 2012. Retrieved 10 Oct 2012. 
  4. ^ "BBC, Hulu team on James Corden laffer". Variety online. 9 Oct 2012. Retrieved 10 Oct 2012. 
  5. ^ "Corden Hints at Second Series of The Wrong Mans". Digital Spy. 31 October 2013. 
  6. ^ West, Naomi (25 May 2010). "How Horrible Histories grew up to be a hit comedy show". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Sky1 to visit Yonderland". Sky1 website. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Stars of Horrible Histories to make Shakespeare film". BBC Media Centre. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Bill: production details". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Holes announcement". The Invisible Dot Ltd. 26 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Holes announcement". Arcola Theatre, summer 2014 program. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Dog Ears". 
  13. ^ "Winners Announced at RTS Programme Awards 2013". Royal Television Society. 18 March 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "Television Craft in 2014". BAFTA website. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "Television Awards: Nominations Announced". BAFTA press release. 7 April 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "Celebrity interview: Mathew Baynton". Yorkshire Evening Post. 11 November 2013. 

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