Fitzmaurice in New Brighton in February 2010
|Born||Neil Simon Fitzmaurice
20 August 1969
Liverpool, England, UK
|Occupation||Actor, writer, producer, comedian|
|Awards||1996 Liverpool Echo Comedian of the Year|
Neil Simon Fitzmaurice (born 20 August 1969 in Liverpool) is an English actor, comedian and writer. He is perhaps best known for his acting role as Jeff, the love rival for David Mitchell's character Mark, in the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show, but has written for a number of other shows, including Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights (in which he also starred) and Benidorm.
Fitzmaurice's writing projects include That Peter Kay Thing, for which he received a British Comedy Award, and the critically acclaimed Phoenix Nights, in which he also appeared as "Ray-Von". He has also written two feature films: Going Off Big Time, in 1999, which was nominated for four BIFA awards and is part of Film Four's Best of British, and more recently Charlie Noades R.I.P.
As an actor, Fitzmaurice has appeared in Going off Big Time (which he also wrote), played Jeff in the Channel 4 comedy series Peep Show, and starred in the prison drama series Buried. He appeared on the first episode of The Office as the applicant whom David Brent interviews for the warehouse position. He plays the same character in the sixth episode, only this time Brent is giving him a redundancy notice. Fitzmaurice has also performed alongside Paul O'Grady in the BBC comedy Eyes Down, had guest roles in the long-running police drama The Bill and on the Casualty spin-off Holby City.
In 2007, he played a lead role in the ITV drama Mobile, as an ex-telecoms worker suffering from a terminal brain tumour. From 2000 he worked on the film Charlie Noades RIP with his brother Tony. The film was in development hell due to funding not being available. Work finally began in 2007, despite the full budget not being in place. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009. Around the time of the premiere, Fitzmaurice returned to the stage for the first time in ten years, playing Shaun in On the Ledge at Liverpool's Royal Court Theatre.
Fitzmaurice played Les in an episode of the BBC One miniseries Moving On, "Dress to Impress", as well as the film Fifteen Minutes That Shook the World as the Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez. He starred in the hit play "One Night in Istanbul" at the Liverpool Empire and Dublin's Grand Canal Theatre.
In 2011, Fitzmaurice starred in British school drama Waterloo Road as Dave Dowling, who is a parent with very strong views towards people not of British origin. In 2011 he also starred in the fourth series of Benidorm as Lucky Kev who lived in the same caravan campsite as Madge Harvey. He later appeared in the fifth episode of the series reprising the role of Lucky Kev who works at a bar in Benidorm which Madge Harvey was interested in buying.
Since 2011 Fitzmaurice has been starring in the Sky comedy-drama Mount Pleasant, playing the part of office manager Fergus.
Fitzmaurice and his wife Angela have four sons: Joshua, Tony, Daniel and Connor.
Fitzmaurice is a Liverpool FC fan. He is a Hillsborough disaster survivor and was featured in the Sky/History Channel documentary Hillsborough Remembered on 15 April 2009, the 20th anniversary of the tragedy.
|2000||That Peter Kay Thing||Various|
|2001||The Bill||DC Phil Raven|
|2001-2002||Phoenix Nights||Ray Von||Main Cast|
|2003||Holby City||Stas Andrews|
|2003-2015||Peep Show||Jeff Heaney||Main Cast|
|2003||Buried||Chris Russo||Main Cast|
|2003-2004||Eyes Down||Bobby Rutt||Main Cast|
|2005||Pierrepoint||Cliff the Scouser|
|2006||Doctors||Timothy Graham||Guest Role|
|2006||Vincent||Eddie Price||Guest Role|
|2007||Mobile||Eddie Doig||Main Cast|
|2007||The Street||DS Barns|
|2007||Blue Murder||Mark Turton||Guest Role|
|2008||Casualty 1907||Thomas Hooley||Main Cast|
|2009||Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire||Max The MC|
|2009||Moving On||Terry||1 episode|
|2011||Waterloo Road||Dave Dowling||Guest Role|
|2011-2017||Mount Pleasant||Fergus||Main Cast|
|2014-present||Hank Zipzer||Stan Zipzer||Main Cast|
|2016||The Aliens||Niall||Main Cast|
|2016||Hank Zipzer's Christmas Catastrophe||Stan Zipzer||TV Movie|
- O'Keeffe, Gregg (26 May 2008). "Standing up to be counted ...". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 1 June 2008.
- Davis, Laura (16 May 2008). "Actor Neil Fitzmaurice has found that living life on the edge suits him for the moment". Retrieved 1 June 2008.[dead link]
- "Neil Fitzmaurice". Radio City. 16 February 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2009.
- Waterloo Road cast list http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00yzf31/Waterloo_Road_Series_6_Episode_14/
- "Hillsborough Agony of New TV Thriller's Star". Daily Mirror. 15 March 2007. Retrieved 30 March 2007.
- Hillsborough Remembered - 2009 History Channel documentary