Simon Day

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Simon Day
Born Simon Alvin Day
(1962-06-07) 7 June 1962 (age 55)
Greenwich, London, England
Nationality British
Occupation Comedian
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Ruth
Children 2

Simon Alvin Day (born 7 June 1962) is an English comedian most famous for his roles in the sketch show The Fast Show, the sitcom Grass, and a series of comedic adverts for Powergen.


Day was born in Camberwell, London, and rose to fame as a stand up comic, winning the Time Out new act of the year in 1991 with his music hall character Tommy Cockles. He then appeared on the BBC One show Paramount City as a weekly guest. He continued working live all over England before joining up with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer for two tours and two series of Big Night Out. He continued to work with Vic Reeves throughout the Nineties.

In 1994 he appeared as a cast regular in Saturday Zoo,[1] Channel 4's Saturday night extravaganza where he appeared as his groundbreaking white rapper Ice Pick. TV credits include Heartbeat, Jonathan Creek, Sensitive Skin, Love Soup, Driving School, and Skins. Film credits include Shakespeare in Love, as a ferryman on the Thames.

In September 2002 he appeared at Imperial College Union as the headliner to kick off a regular Friday night comedy slot for the acedemic year. Unfortunately his performance didn't elicit a single laugh for the whole evening. Posters for subsequent comedy nights at the union declared acts to be 'guaranteed funnier than Simon Day', or later in the season 'Our lawyers have instructed us not to say 'guaranteed funnier than Simon Day'.[citation needed]

Also in 2005/2006 he collaborated with The Transit Kings on their soaring ambient track "The Last Lighthouse Keeper" which appears on their debut album Living in a Giant Candle Winking at God.

He is also known for playing Geoff, an alcoholic car salesman in the TV sitcom Swiss Toni, also starring Charlie Higson and Rhys Thomas as his colleagues.

In 2008 Day embarked on his first solo UK stand-up tour entitled 'What a Fool Believes' that saw him play 36 dates during the period 30 October - 15 December.

In 2009 Day collaborated again with Rhys Thomas and wrote and starred in a web series of six videos as the character Brian Pern for the BBC.[2]

In 2010, Day appeared in the long-running BBC TV series Hustle, playing Luke Baincross, a wannabe playboy with a huge country mansion.[3]

In May 2010, Day played a hospital porter in BBC TV Series Holby City on his last day at work following his resignation having won the National Lottery. He has an altercation with a patient's relative and receives a bang on the head, and he becomes increasingly lairy during the episode, at one point making a pass at Connie Beauchamp; people assume he is drunk, but it transpires that he has a developed a Subdural hematoma as a result of the knock on the head.

Day has appeared as a pundit on the long-running BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Pundit Quiz Fighting Talk on a number of occasions, and is most notable for swearing during a live broadcast during a show in 2009. This was later edited out on the Podcast version of the show.

Day appeared in an online-only version of The Fast Show sponsored by Lager brand Fosters on 10 November 2011 along with original cast save for Mark Williams.[4]

In 2012, he published his autobiography, 'Comedy and Error: They Really Were Marvellous Times'.[5]

Day has presented his own series, "The Simon Day Show" on Radio Four in May to June 2012.

In 2014, he co-wrote and starred in The Life of Rock with Brian Pern, a BBC Four comedy which parodied the life and career of former Genesis singer Peter Gabriel.[6]

In 2015 Day appeared as Charlie Beckett in the BBC TV series Death in Paradise episode 4.2

Personal life[edit]

Day's teenage life was troubled: he was addicted to alcohol, drugs and gambling and spent some time in borstal for theft.[7] He continued to take illegal drugs including cocaine and crack cocaine into the 1990s at the height of his Fast Show fame.[8][5]

After failing to pass his driving test for charity during the 2003 Comic Relief Programme, Day later went on to gain an automatic driving licence.[5] He is married to Ruth, a former waitress, with whom he has two children, Lloyd and Evie.[5]

The Fast Show roles[edit]

  • Alcoholic Son
  • Antonios Gubba, from Chanel 9
  • Billy Bleach
  • Carl Hooper
  • Competitive Dad
  • Dave Angel, Eco-Warrior
  • John Actor, who plays Inspector Monkfish
  • Tommy Cockles
  • Gideon Soames, architecture expert
  • Jeremy Kwee, a 'white witch doctor' who appears on the Jazz Club segment, intended as a parody of Jamiroquai lead singer Jay Kay.


Brian Pern - My Life In Rock.


  1. ^ "BFI | Film & TV Database | SATURDAY ZOO". Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  2. ^ "Comedy - Clips from 'Brian Pern'". BBC. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  3. ^ "BBC One - Hustle, Series 6, Episode 3". 24 January 2010. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  4. ^ "Foster's - The Fast Show". Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  5. ^ a b c d Day. Comedy and Error: They Really Were Marvellous Times. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 1849830568. 
  6. ^ "The Life of Rock with Brian Pern". Radio Times. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  7. ^ 22 June 2011 19:14 (22 June 2011). "Interview: Simon Day, comedian - News -". Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  8. ^ "Metro". Retrieved 31 January 2014. 

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