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
L-R: Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Mathew Baynton, Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond and Jim Howick at 2011 Children's BAFTAs.
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
1994 The House of Windsor Sean Sutcliffe 1 episode
1996 Coronation Street Greg Bamfield 1 episode
2004–2007 The Mighty Boosh Various characters 3 episodes
2005 The Lenny Henry Show Twyford 1 episode
2005 Spoons Various Characters 6 episodes
2006 Blunder Various Characters 6 episodes
2006–2009 Jam & Jerusalem Samuel "Spike" Pike 12 episodes
2007 Comedy Cuts Werewolf 1 episode
2007 The Yellow House Henri TV movie
2007 Strutter Various 2 episodes
2008 M.I. High James Blond 1 episode
2008 The Golf War Stuart Ogilvy Failed pilot
2008 Angelo's Kris 6 episodes
2008 LifeSpam: My Child is French Various Failed pilot
2009–2013 Horrible Histories Various characters 65 episodes
2010 The Persuasionists Keaton 6 episodes
2010 Comedy Lab Old Man 1 episode
2011 Dick and Dom's Funny Business Various characters 1 episode
2011 Horrible Histories' Big Prom Party Various characters One-off special
2012 Dave Shakespeare Dave Shakespeare Failed pilot
2012–present The Midnight Beast Sloman 10 episodes
2013 Utopia Marcus 1 episode
2013 Not Going Out Scott 1 episode
2013-present Yonderland Various characters 16 episodes
2013 Crackanory Robert Pickle 1 episode
2014 Man Vs Weird Self 3 episodes
2014 On the Yorkshire Buses Narrator 8 episodes
2014 Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy George Orwell 1 episode
2014-15 Detectorists Art 7 episodes
2015 House of Fools Health Inspector 1 episode
2015–present Horrible Histories Various characters 12 episodes
2015 Top Coppers Dr Schäfer 2 episodes


  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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