Simon Farnaby

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Simon Farnaby
The starring cast of TV series Horrible Histories arrives at the Children's BAFTAs, 27 November 2011.jpg
Born (1973-04-02) 2 April 1973 (age 43)
Darlington, County Durham, England
Occupation Actor, writer, comedian
Years active 1996–present

Simon Alexander Farnaby (born 2 April 1973) is an English actor, writer, and comedian.

Early life[edit]

Farnaby was born in Darlington, County Durham.[1]


Farnaby is a long-time member of The Mighty Boosh supporting cast, having had roles both in their series and co-starring in the quasi-spinoff film Bunny and the Bull. He is also well known for his similarly offbeat characters in the CBBC live-action series of Horrible Histories, such as Caligula and the Grim Reaper. Other notable television work includes a recurring role on the sitcom Jam & Jerusalem and co-starring as eccentric neighbour Sloman on The Midnight Beast's TV series. He previously had a very brief role in Coronation Street in the 1990s.

Along with the five other principal members of the cast of Horrible Histories, Farnaby is also the co-creator, writer and star of Yonderland, an eight-part family fantasy comedy series that premiered on SkyOne on 10 November 2013.[2] He co-starred with the same troupe in Bill, a 2015 BBC comedy film based loosely around the early life of William Shakespeare.[3][4]

In 2013, Farnaby presented a documentary entitled Richard III: The King in the Car Park, tracing the discovery and identification of the remains of the last Plantagenet king. The next year, Farnaby presented another Channel 4 documentary series entitled Man Vs Weird, in which he travelled the world investigating people who claim superhuman abilities.

In mid-2014, Farnaby narrated a series on Channel Five called On the Yorkshire Buses, following East Yorkshire Motor Services.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Farnaby is married. On 10 November 2013, a Radio Times article about Yonderland, it was revealed that Farnaby was about to become a father.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Fat Slags Ventriloquist
Blake's Junction 7 Terry Short film
2009 Bunny and the Bull Bunny
2010 Burke and Hare William Wordsworth
2011 Your Highness Manious the Bold
2013 All Stars Foreman
Richard III: The King in the Car Park Himself Documentary
2014 Paddington Barry the security guard
2015 Bill Various
2017 Paddington 2 Writer[7]


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Coronation Street Greg Bamfield
2002 Captain V Unknown
2004–2007 The Mighty Boosh Various Characters
2005 The Lenny Henry Show Twyford
2005 Spoons Various Characters
2006 Blunder Various Characters
2006 Ingham Infiltrates: Robbie Williams Doctor
2006–2009 Jam & Jerusalem Samuel "Spike" Pike
2007 Comedy Cuts Werewolf
2007 The Yellow House Henri
2008 M.I. High James Blond
2008 The Golf War Stuart Ogilvy
2008 Angelo's Kris 2 episodes
2008 LifeSpam: My Child is French Unknown
2009–2013 Horrible Histories Various Characters
2010 The Persuasionists Keaton
2011 Dick and Dom's Funny Business Various Characters
2012–present The Midnight Beast Sloman
2013 Not Going Out Scott
2013-present Yonderland Various characters
2014 Man Vs Weird Self 3 episodes
2014–present On the Yorkshire Buses Narrator
2014 Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy George Orwell Series 2 Episode 3, Reality Man
2014 Detectorists Art Series 4 episodes
2015–present Horrible Histories Various Characters
2015 Top Coppers Dr Schäfer Series 1 Episode 3


  1. ^ Simon Farnaby at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ "Sky1 to visit Yonderland". Sky1 website. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Stars of Horrible Histories to make Shakespeare film". BBC Media Centre. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bill: production details". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "On The Yorkshire Buses". Ear ache voices. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Armstrong, Stephen. "Yonderland: We wanted to raid the dressing up box and speak in silly voices". Radio Times. Immediate Media Company Limited. Retrieved 22 April 2016. 
  7. ^

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