Neil Fitzmaurice

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Neil Fitzmaurice
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Fitzmaurice in New Brighton in February 2010
Born Neil Simon Fitzmaurice
(1969-08-20) 20 August 1969 (age 47)
Liverpool, England, UK[1]
Occupation Actor, writer, producer, comedian
Spouse(s) Angela
Children 4
Awards 1996 Liverpool Echo Comedian of the Year[1]

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.

Career[edit]

Writing[edit]

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".[2] 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.

Acting[edit]

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.[2] 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.[1] The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009.[2] 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.[2]

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.[citation needed]

On 16 February 2009, Fitzmaurice started presenting the Drivetime show on Radio City 96.7[3] in Liverpool. Due to film and television commitments, he left this position on 4 March 2011.

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.[4]

In 2013, he appeared in one episode of Truckers. In 2014 he starred as Dad in the BBC comedy series Hank Zipzer.

Since 2011 Fitzmaurice has been starring in the Sky comedy-drama Mount Pleasant, playing the part of office manager Fergus.

Personal life[edit]

Fitzmaurice and his wife Angela have four sons: Joshua, Tony, Daniel and Connor.[citation needed]

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.[5][6]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 That Peter Kay Thing Various
2001 The Bill DC Phil Raven
2001 The Office Alex
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
2009 Nativity Oakmoor Parent
2011 Waterloo Road Dave Dowling Guest Role
2011 Benidorm Lucky Kev
2011-2017 Mount Pleasant Fergus Main Cast
2013 Truckers Vince
2014-present Hank Zipzer Stan Zipzer Main Cast
2016 The Aliens Niall Main Cast
2016 Hank Zipzer's Christmas Catastrophe Stan Zipzer TV Movie

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c O'Keeffe, Gregg (26 May 2008). "Standing up to be counted ...". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 1 June 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d 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]
  3. ^ "Neil Fitzmaurice". Radio City. 16 February 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2009. 
  4. ^ Waterloo Road cast list http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00yzf31/Waterloo_Road_Series_6_Episode_14/
  5. ^ "Hillsborough Agony of New TV Thriller's Star". Daily Mirror. 15 March 2007. Retrieved 30 March 2007. 
  6. ^ Hillsborough Remembered - 2009 History Channel documentary

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