Phil Cornwell

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Phil Cornwell
Born Philip Cornwell
(1957-10-05) 5 October 1957 (age 58)
Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England
Children 4

Philip "Phil" Cornwell (born 5 October 1957) is an English comedian, actor, impressionist and writer. He is well known in the UK as being part of the Dead Ringers television and radio series, and achieved international recognition as the voice of Murdoc Niccals in the virtual band Gorillaz. Cornwell has co-written and performed principal roles in The Glam Metal Detectives and Stella Street. He is also well known as DJ Dave Clifton from I'm Alan Partridge and Alpha Papa.


Cornwell was born in Leigh-on-Sea, in the County of Essex.

He is popularly known for voicing Murdoc Niccals in the virtual band, Gorillaz. He provided the voices of Mick Jagger and David Bowie for the Steve Wright in the Afternoon show on BBC Radio 1 in the late-1980s and early-1990s. These impersonations - augmented by many others, including the series narrator, Michael Caine - formed the backbone of the BBC TV series Stella Street, written and performed with John Sessions.

In 1996 he performed in a comedy spoof sketch TV advert to The Professionals imitating Martin Shaw's character of Doyle (with the actor Ray Trickett playing Lewis Collins' Bodie) for the release of the Nissan Almera.[1] In 1997 as part of the same advertising campaign he performed another spoof sketch of the 1970s television series The Sweeney.[2][3]

He played the part of Harry Noakes, Captain of the cockleboat Renown in the TV mini-series Dunkirk.

He has appeared in several films made by the Comic Strip, including the role as Dave Spanker in Detectives on the Edge of a Nervous Breakdown. He also played Dave Clifton, a local radio DJ on Radio Norwich - a fictional radio station in both series of I'm Alan Partridge.

He also voiced Sir Lancelot in the animated children's television series King Arthur's Disasters. He was the voice of Gilbert the Alien in the 1980s TV series Get Fresh, which later span off into Gilbert's Fridge, a series starring the character.[4]

He played King Stupid in the CBBC series Stupid!, having replaced Marcus Brigstocke, because the latter was involved in Excuse My French on BBC2. Cornwell also appeared in the Doctor Who episode, "The Fires of Pompeii". In 2010 he presented/hosted the Friday night Euro Lottery draw show on BBC1. In 2011 he did several stand up comedy gigs as character Switzerland McNaughtiehorse. Cornwell is a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur F.C.[5] and presents the weekly podcast The Spurs Show[6] with Mike Leigh.

In January 2013 he appeared in the ITV comedy drama series Great Night Out as Tonky.



Year Title Character Notes
2004 Stella Street Various
2010 Made in Dagenham Dave
2013 Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa Dave Clifton


Year Title Character Production Notes
1994 The Bill Jeff Price ITV Settling The Score
1996 Only Fools And Horses Drunken man in Hospital BBC Modern Men
1997-2002 I'm Alan Partridge Dave Clifton BBC Series 1 and 2
2002 The Bill Shane Pellow ITV In 8 episodes from Episode 023 to Episode 071
2002-6 Dead Ringers Various Characters BBC
2008 Harry and Paul Various Characters BBC Series 2
2009-2013 Misfits
2011 Skins Diesel E4 Series 5
2012 Mrs Biggs DS Jack Slipper ITV Series 1
2013 Great Night Out Tonky ITV Series 1
2015 Holby City Sean Cronin BBC One Series 17 Episode 14 'Wages of Sin'

Personal life[edit]

Cornwell has four children: Freddy, Lile, Stan and Molly-Rose.


  1. ^ 'Professionals' advert on Youtube
  2. ^ 'Sweeney' advert on Youtube
  3. ^ 'Cries & whispers' article on the advert's filming, 'The Independent' 16 March 1997.
  4. ^ "Gilbert's Fridge". Film & TV Database. BFI. Retrieved 2007-09-19. 
  5. ^ web of pub | Phil Cornwell: Not just a Tottenham fan…
  6. ^ Download Phil Cornwell Mp3 and Phil Cornwell Music at Playbackmedia

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