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Noel Fielding
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Fielding in 2006
Born (1973-05-21) 21 May 1973 (age 49)
Alma materBuckinghamshire New University
  • Actor
  • artist
  • comedian
  • musician
  • presenter
Years active1996–present
PartnerLliana Bird (c. 2010–present)
RelativesMichael Fielding (brother)
Comedy career
  • Film
  • radio
  • stand-up
  • television
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Noel Fielding (/ˈnl/; born 21 May 1973) is an English actor and comedian. He is best known for his work with The Mighty Boosh comedy troupe alongside Julian Barratt in the 2000s, and more recently as a co-presenter of The Great British Bake Off since 2017. He is known for his dark and surreal comedic style.

In the 1990s, Fielding began performing stand-up comedy and met Barratt on the comedy circuit. Together, they produced a 2001 radio series called The Boosh for BBC Radio London. This was followed by the television show The Mighty Boosh, which ran for three series on BBC Three from 2004 to 2007. The show generated a cult following and won a variety of awards.

During the 2000s, Fielding also had smaller roles in a number of comedy shows for Channel 4 including Nathan Barley, The IT Crowd, AD/BC: A Rock Opera, and Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. After The Mighty Boosh, he wrote and starred in two series of a solo show for Channel 4 called Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy, which ran between 2012 and 2014. He also appeared as himself as a team captain on the BBC Two comedy panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks from 2009 to 2015 and as a guest on Richard Ayoade's Travel Man series.

Fielding has also exhibited his paintings in London and collaborated with Fendi for their autumn/winter 2021 menswear collection. He is the founder of the band Loose Tapestries, which he formed with Kasabian guitarist Sergio Pizzorno.

Early life[edit]

Fielding was born in the Westminster area of London on 21 May 1973,[1] the son of Royal Mail manager Ray Fielding (born 1953) and Yvonne Fagan (1953–1990),[2] and grew up in Pollards Hill near Croydon. He is of French descent through his grandmother.[3][4] His parents separated some time after he was born. His comedic partner Julian Barratt described Fielding’s upbringing as “feral”; according to an article in The Sunday Times, Fielding's parents "had lots of parties" during his childhood,[5] and Fielding has described how they would party through the night and that he would have to step over the bodies of their sleeping friends in the mornings as he got up.[4] When Fielding was three years old, his father remarried, and Fielding was mostly raised by his grandmother. He describes his grandmother as someone he had a lot of respect for, saying in 2011 to The Guardian, “My grandma is really strong. I like strong women. That's what I respond to."[4] His father and stepmother Diane would later become more involved in parenting during Fielding’s mother’s illness in the 1980s. His mother had two more children before dying in 1990 aged 37 years old, from complications caused by liver damage.[2] His younger paternal half-brother, Michael, later played various characters in Fielding's television comedy shows, and his father and stepmother would also appear. Ray Fielding had several cameos as a Chris de Burgh on The Mighty Boosh.

Fielding was educated at Croydon School of Art, then studied for a BA in Graphic Design and Advertising at Buckinghamshire New University, then called Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College in High Wycombe,[6] where he lived with friends and future collaborators Dave Brown and Nigel Coan.[7] He graduated in 1995.[8]


Stand-up comedy[edit]

In 2010, Fielding was supposed to perform a solo tour across the country. It was cancelled, however, so he could concentrate on writing The Mighty Boosh film with Julian Barratt and creating an album. Fielding announced via Twitter that he was too busy to do the tour.[9] In 2015, he told The Guardian that the film was something he talked about writing with Barratt.[10] His album was released in June 2016.[11] In 2010 and 2014, he took part in Channel 4's Comedy Gala, a benefit show held in aid of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.[12]

The Mighty Boosh[edit]

Fielding in 2006

The Mighty Boosh has won the Shockwaves NME Best TV Award three times: in 2007, 2008, and 2010.[13]


Fielding on the set of The Mighty Boosh television series

At Bill Bailey's request, Fielding stood in as a team captain for three episodes during series 21 of Never Mind the Buzzcocks. He also achieved a record for the highest team score ever on the show. When Bailey returned, presenter Simon Amstell made various jokes about Fielding's departure. In 2009, Bailey left the show and Fielding became one of the regular team captains. According to Neil Gaiman's blog, Fielding was scheduled to appear in the film Stardust, but had to drop out due to ill health.[14] He also participated twice with Russell Brand in 2006 and 2007 on the annual quiz show The Big Fat Quiz of the Year. He participated again in 2010, 2013, 2017, 2018 and 2019, with Richard Ayoade.[15][16][17]

In 2011, he took part in Catherine Tate's TV movie Laughing at the Noughties in which he and other British comedians discussed the comedy highlights of the noughties.[18]

Fielding produced his first solo series for Channel 4 network's E4 channel in 2011,[19] as the broadcaster invested an additional £5 million in its comedy budget following the cancellation of reality show Big Brother.[20] Fielding said of the project, tentatively titled Noel Fielding: Boopus: "I want to make something in the spirit of Spike Milligan or the Kenny Everett Show but using modern techniques. Blending filmed comedy with animation. Television needs a madman! I want the show to be psychedelic and beautiful but have charm and personality. If Dalí made a show hopefully it would look like this."[19][21] The show began broadcasting in January 2012, titled Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy. The show's second series, titled Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy 2: Tales From Painted Hawaii, was first broadcast on E4 in 2014.[22]

Also in 2011, Fielding performed Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights" dance routine for Series 3 of Let's Dance For Comic Relief, and reached the grand final.[23][24]

In March 2017 it was revealed that Fielding would co-host the upcoming series of The Great British Bake Off alongside Sandi Toksvig.[25]

Fielding appeared as a contestant on Series 4 of the Dave comedy panel game Taskmaster in 2017, hosted by Greg Davies and Alex Horne: he was the overall series winner.[26][27]

In January 2018, he was a panellist on QI alongside Russell Brand and Aisling Bea.[28]

In 2022, Fielding will play as Dick Turpin in an upcoming Apple TV+ comedy series.[29]


In November 2007, Fielding starred in five episodes of BBC Radio 2 show Vic Reeves' House Arrest as a local vagrant who knocks on Reeves' door once a week to ask for work.[30]


Fielding has appeared in several music videos, including Mint Royale's "Blue Song", alongside Julian Barratt, Nick Frost and Michael Smiley. The video was directed by Edgar Wright and served as the inspiration for the opening sequence of his film Baby Driver (2017).[31] He also made a brief appearance in the video for Razorlight's "In the Morning". He appeared in music videos for the Robots in Disguise songs "Girl" (alongside Chris Corner who was, at the time, boyfriend to Sue Denim), "The Tears", and "Turn It Up". In 2009, Noel was involved in the Kasabian video "Vlad the Impaler", in which he plays the titular character,[32] and reprised the role at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival.[33] The music video was directed by Richard Ayoade. He was referenced in Kasabian's "La Fée Verte", a track on their Velociraptor! album (his friend Sergio Pizzorno said "The line, 'I met Dalí in the street.' Dalí is Noel Fielding. And he is the modern-day Dalí"). Fielding also makes a brief appearance as Vlad in the video for another Kasabian song, "Re-Wired", riding a five-seater bicycle with the band, and appears as a patient in a psychiatric hospital in "You're In Love With a Psycho", in which he re-enacts the broken mirror routine from the Marx Brothers film Duck Soup with Pizzorno and Tom Meighan.[34] He has also appeared in Kate Bush's music video "Deeper Understanding" as a means of thanks for the Let's Dance For Comic Relief performance.[35]


Fielding and co-stars of The Mighty Boosh at a panel at Comic Con

He held his first exhibition, entitled Psychedelic Dreams of the Jelly Fox, at Maison Bertaux, a patisserie in Greek Street, Soho in early 2008. There Fielding listed some of his inspirations as Henri Rousseau, René Magritte, Willem de Kooning, Roy Lichtenstein, and Dexter Dalwood.[36] He has stated that he has been heavily influenced by the works of Salvador Dalí. A second exhibition entitled Bryan Ferry vs the Jelly Fox took place at Maison Bertaux, from 5 July 2010 through to 5 January 2011.[37]

On 6 September 2011, Fielding received an honorary master's degree from Buckinghamshire New University for his ongoing interest in the graphics area and support for many art organisations.[38]

In October 2011, Fielding released an art book called Scribblings of a Madcap Shambleton, which he produced along with The Mighty Boosh cast member Dave Brown. It features many of his old and new paintings, drawings and photography.[39]

Fielding's video installation of The Jelly Fox was shown at the Saatchi Gallery, and in 2012 he created a unique piece inspired by The Beatles for Liverpool Love at the Museum of Liverpool. In March 2015, his exhibition He Wore Dreams Around Unkind Faces was shown at the Royal Albert Hall.[40] In January 2021, the luxury fashion house Fendi unveiled a collection featuring abstract takes on the brand's logo, created by Fielding.[41]

Personal life[edit]

Fielding was formerly in a relationship with Robots in Disguise lead vocalist Dee Plume, who made minor appearances in The Mighty Boosh and in its live adaptations.[4] He began dating radio DJ Lliana Bird sometime around 2010. They reside in the Highgate area of London. Their first child, a daughter named Dali (after artist Salvador Dalí), was born in 2018.[42][43] The couple's second daughter, Iggy, was born in August 2020.[44]

In 2009, a Sunday Times article revealed that Fielding had contracted hepatitis during his college years; he said that he was helped through this time by his friend and collaborator Nigel Coan. This forced him not to drink alcohol for six months, which led him to become teetotal for a couple of years. He said, "I used to be able to enjoy myself with just nothing. I'd stay up till four in the morning, with everyone else being drunk. Just make a bit of effort and you can get used to it."[5]

Fielding was named one of GQ's 50 best dressed British men in 2015.[45]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Plunkett & Macleane Brothel Gent
2001 Sweet Pete Sweet Short
2009 Bunny and the Bull Javier
2010 Come on Eileen Rex
2011 Horrid Henry: The Movie Ed Banger
2015 Aaaaaaaah! Carl
2015 Set the Thames on Fire Dickie
2016 Brakes Daniel
2016 The Wonderful World of Death Jones
2018 The Festival Hammerhead
2019 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part[46] Balthazar Voice


Year Title Role Notes
1997–1998 Gas Himself Episodes: Series 1 (8), Series 2 (2, 4, 6)
1998 Unnatural Acts Various
1998 Alexei Sayle's Merry-Go-Round Various Episode #1.2
1999 Comedy Cafe Himself Episode #1.7
2000 The Big Schmooze Himself – Arctic Boosh Episode #1.4
2002 Surrealissimo: The Scandalous Success of Salvador Dali Bauer TV movie
2002 Brain Candy Himself TV movie
2003 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala Himself TV movie
2004–2007 The Mighty Boosh Vince Noir / Various
2004 The British Comedy Awards 2004 Himself TV Special
2004 Garth Marenghi's Darkplace Monkey Man
2004 AD/BC: A Rock Opera Shepherd TV movie
2005 Nathan Barley Jones
2005 28 Acts in 28 Minutes Himself TV Special
2005 Breakfast Himself
2006–2013 The IT Crowd Richmond
2006 The Secret Policeman's Ball Himself / Vince Noir
2006 The British Comedy Awards 2006 Live Himself TV Special
2006 The Big Fat Quiz of the Year Himself TV Special
2006–2008 Friday Night with Jonathan Ross Himself Three Episodes
2007 Dawn French's Boys Who Do Comedy Himself Episodes #1, #2, #3
2007 Comic Relief 2007: The Big One Himself / Various TV Special
2007 Deadline Himself Episode #1.2
2007 The Big Fat Quiz of the Year Himself TV Special
2007 The Charlotte Church Show Himself Episode #2.2
2007 Never Mind the Buzzcocks Himself Guest panellist, 3 episodes
2008 Shooting Stars: The Inside Story Himself TV movie
2009–2015 Never Mind the Buzzcocks Himself Team Captain
2009 Shockwaves NME Awards 2009 Himself TV Special
2009 Comic Relief 2009 Himself TV Special
2009 Comic-Con '09 Live Himself TV movie
2009 Shooting Stars Himself Episode #6.5
2009–2014 Alan Carr: Chatty Man Himself Two Episodes
2009–2010 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Himself Two Episodes
2010 How Not to Live Your Life Marcus Episode "Don's New Job"
2010 Shockwaves NME Awards 2010 Himself TV Special
2010 Teenage Cancer Trust Concerts 2010 Himself TV movie
2010 Channel 4's Comedy Gala Himself TV Special
2010 Just for Laughs Himself Episode "Cheech & Chong"
2010 Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow Himself Episode "Bristol"
2010 The Big Fat Quiz of the Year Himself TV Special
2011 Let's Dance for Sport Relief Himself Two Episodes
2011 24 Hour Panel People Himself Episode #1.5
2011 Dynamo: Magician Impossible Himself Episode "England"
2011 Horrid Henry's Movie Mayhem Himself TV movie
2011 Catherine Tate: Laughing at the Noughties Himself TV movie
2011 The Rob Brydon Show Himself Episode #2.8
2012 The Jonathan Ross Show Himself Episode #2.3
2012 The Secret Policeman's Ball Himself TV Special
2012–2014 Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy Himself / Various
2012 Perspectives Himself Episode "John Sergeant: Sergeant on Spike"
2012 The Project Himself
2012 The Big Fat Quiz of the 00s Himself
2013 Doll & Em Noel Episode "Six"
2013 Brand X with Russell Brand Himself Episode #2.1
2013 Gadget Man Himself Episode "Summer Holiday"
2013–2018 QI Himself Eight episodes
2013 Staying in with Greg and Russell Himself
2013 The Big Fat Quiz of the Year Himself TV Special
2014 Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled Himself Episode "Cupped by a Shammy Hand"
2014 The Last Leg Himself Episode #5.2
2015 The Big Fat Anniversary Quiz Himself TV Special
2015 Backchat Himself Episode #2.2
2015 Live at the Apollo Himself Episode #11.3
2016 Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park Lord Pumpwhistle / Himself Episode "Europe – London"
2016 The Big Fat Quiz of Everything Himself TV Special
2016 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Himself
2016 The Entire Universe Einstein TV movie
2016 Travel Man Himself Episode "48 Hours in Copenhagen"
2016 Conan Himself
2016 Room 101 Himself
2016 The Big Fat Quiz of Everything Himself Two Episodes
2016 @midnight Himself
2017 Taskmaster Himself Series Four, Champion of Champions (special)
2017 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Himself Episode #12.1
2017 The One Show Himself
2017–present The Great British Bake Off Co-presenter Alongside Matt Lucas (2020-2022) and formerly Sandi Toksvig (2017-2020), replacing Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins
2017 Upstart Crow Thomas Morley Episode #2.4 "Food of Love"
2018 Urban Myths Alice Cooper Episode "The Dali and the Cooper"
2018–present Disenchantment Stan the Executioner Voice
2018 The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2018 Himself TV Special
2019 Twelve Forever Guy Pleasant Voice
2019 The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2019 Himself TV Special
2020 Close Enough Snail Voice
2021–present Never Mind the Buzzcocks Himself Team Captain

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Song Title Notes
2000 Midfield General "Midfielding"
2003 Mint Royale "Blue Song"
2006 Razorlight "In the Morning" 2007 Great British bake off
2007 Robots in Disguise "Girl"
2008 Robots in Disguise "The Tears"
2009 Kasabian "Vlad the Impaler" Played the titular character
2011 Kate Bush "Deeper Understanding"[47] Played a computer junkie
2011 Kasabian "Re-Wired" Played the aforementioned Vlad the Impaler.
2016 The Claypool Lennon Delirium "Bubbles Burst"
2017 Kasabian "You're in Love with a Psycho"


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