Paul Mayhew-Archer

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Paul Mayhew-Archer
Born (1953-01-06) 6 January 1953 (age 68)
EducationEastbourne College
Alma materSt Catharine's College, Cambridge
OccupationWriter, television and radio producer, script editor
Years active1987–present
Known forThe Vicar of Dibley
My Hero
Office Gossip
Old Harry's Game
Roald Dahl's Esio Trot

Paul Mayhew-Archer MBE (born 6 January 1953[1]) is a British writer, producer, script editor and actor for the BBC. He is best known as the co-writer of The Vicar of Dibley and Esio Trot alongside Richard Curtis. His solo writing career includes My Hero and Office Gossip, which he created. He was the script editor for Old Harry's Game (which he also produces), Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Grownups, Home Again, Coming of Age and Big Top.

Mayhew-Archer is also an amateur actor who has appeared in Drop the Dead Donkey and Mrs. Brown's Boys.

In October 2020,[2] he was awarded an MBE for services to people with Parkinson’s disease and cancer.


Before becoming a script writer for the BBC,[3] Mayhew-Archer worked in radio as a producer of comedy programmes including I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, and before that as an English teacher.

His most notable works are The Vicar of Dibley (main co-writer with Richard Curtis, the series' creator) and My Hero (main co-writer with creator Paul Mendelson), although he has also script-edited Old Harry's Game (which he also produces), Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Grownups, Home Again, Coming of Age and Big Top,[4] as well as for the first series of Miranda.[5] Episodes of Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps contain scenes set in fictional pubs called The Mayhew (first series only) and The Archer, both named after him. He co-wrote Roald Dahl's Esio Trot for BBC One. For radio he also wrote An Actor's Life for Me, a short-lived comedy series starring John Gordon Sinclair, playing the part of a struggling young actor.

In addition, Mayhew-Archer appeared on screen in an episode of Drop the Dead Donkey (1996) and as a Life Insurance Officer in the first episode of the second series of Mrs. Brown's Boys.

Mayhew-Archer performed stand-up comedy at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Mayhew-Archer was born on 6 January 1953;[1] he attended Eastbourne College and went on to study English at St Catharine's College, Cambridge. He spent his spare time at school writing plays. While at Cambridge, he was a scriptwriter and performer with Andy Hamilton in the Cambridge University Light Entertainment Society.[citation needed] He lives in Abingdon, Oxfordshire with his wife Julie. In 2011, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.


  1. ^ a b Find The Company: Paul Mayhew Archer Archived 2 January 2015 at Linked 2015-01-02
  2. ^ Oxford Mail 10.10.2020
  3. ^ "Paul Mayhew-Archer on Sitcoms". BBC. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  4. ^ Paul Mayhew-Archer Interview, Best British TV.
  5. ^ "Miranda: Production Details," British Comedy Guide.
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