Furst in December 2004
|Born||Steven Jonathan Furst
3 September 1967
Belfast, Northern Ireland
|Occupation||Comedian, actor, writer|
Steven Jonathan Furst (born 3 September 1967) is a British comedian, actor and writer. He starred in the Orange mobile phone cinema adverts in the UK (with Brennan Brown), playing the role of Eliot, a spoof studio executive and has appeared regularly in the BBC comedy television programme Little Britain.
He first worked in comedy writing for Chris Evans's Power Up show on BSB's Power Station music channel in 1990. He then set up Britain's first comedy magazine called The Heckler. In 1992, he worked as a stand-up comedian. He worked as a promoter, founding comedy nights such as The Double Six Club, The Youth Club, and The Regency Rooms.
Furst also works under the name Lenny Beige, promoted comedy nights (started on the Regency Rooms) and fought the 1997 general election in Putney under that name, and had a programme on BBC Choice.
Furst often performed (as Lenny Beige) at Club Montepulciano; the band Hooverphonic sing about this in their song of the same name (Lenny Beige is performing spinning wheel/Club Montepulciano is what you need).
Since 2012, Furst has also held a role on the judging panel for the Norwich Film Festival.
Furst appeared on The Johnny Vaughan Tonight show on BBC Choice and BBC One, The Late Edition with Marcus Brigstocke and as the host on the British Hit Singles & Albums No.1 Music Quiz DVD. He has also appeared in a CBBC sitcom called The Legend of Dick and Dom in which he starred alongside Dominic Wood, Richard McCourt and Chloe Bale. He is in 'Combat Kids', another CBBC show.
Furst starred in the Catterick series with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer as an assistant Police Officer called Sergeant Mingemungington. He has appeared in nearly 30 commercials in the cinema for Orange as the sidekick of the main male character played by Brennan Brown. He has also appeared in numerous other programmes; Bodies, Born and Bred, all three series of Little Britain, The Bill, Dick and Dom's Funny Business, and Father Brown.
On 27 March 2012, it was announced Furst would play the role of Mr Wormwood in Matilda the Musical, which had been playing the Cambridge Theatre in London's West End since October 2011. He replaced Paul Kaye beginning performances 17 April 2012. Furst was scheduled to be part of the world premiere cast of Made in Dagenham from October 2014, at the Adelphi Theatre in London's West End.
- Radio Comedy 1938-68: A Guide to 30 Years of Wonderful Wireless, Virgin Books, 1996
- Steve Furst at the Internet Movie Database
- BBC - Lenny Beige
- "Matilda Cast Changes". Matilda the Musical. 27 March 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
- "Complete Casting Announced for New West End Musical Made in Dagenham, Based on Film". playbill.com. Playbill. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014.