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Murdoc Niccals
Murdoc Niccals.jpg
Murdoc Niccals in 2010
First appearance 1998
Created by Damon Albarn
Jamie Hewlett
Voiced by Phil Cornwell
Full name Murdoc Faust Niccals
(originally Murdoc Alphonce Niccals)
Gender Male
Occupation Bassist
Religion Satanism[1][2]
Nationality British
Born (1966-06-06) 6 June 1966 (age 52)
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England

Murdoc Faust Niccals (born Murdoc Alphonce Niccals) is the fictional bassist for the virtual band Gorillaz. He is voiced by Phil Cornwell, and was created by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett.

Hewlett, in an interview with The Guardian, has said that he made the character responsible for most of the conception and formation of Gorillaz, and that the character is supposed to be angry that the 2D character is the frontman of the band.[3][4] Aspects of Murdoc's appearance and personality were based on that of a young Keith Richards.[5]

In 2018, Murdoc was incarcerated. He was not involved in Gorillaz sixth album, The Now Now, and is temporarily being replaced by Ace.[6]


  1. ^ Bananaz. HanWay Films (2008)
  2. ^ Charts of Darkness. Dazed Film & TV (2001)
  3. ^ Bainbridge, Luke (18 April 2009). "Review of Bananaz, a film about Gorillaz". the Guardian.
  4. ^ Phares, Heather (2011). "Artists – Biography – Gorillaz". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "We Visited Murdoc in Jail to Learn about the New Gorillaz Album". Noisey. 31 May 2018.[citation needed]