Steve Pemberton

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Steve Pemberton
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Steve Pemberton acting as Pauline during the filming of The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse
Born Steven James Pemberton
(1967-09-01) 1 September 1967 (age 48)
Blackburn, Lancashire, England
Occupation Actor, writer, comedian, screenwriter, director
Television Benidorm
Blackpool, Shameless
Happy Valley
Mapp and Lucia
Inside No. 9

Steve James Pemberton[1] (born 1 September 1967) is an English actor, writer, comedian and screenwriter, best known as a member of The League of Gentlemen with Reece Shearsmith, Mark Gatiss, and Jeremy Dyson. Pemberton and Shearsmith also wrote and appeared in the sitcom Psychoville. His other television credits include Doctor Who, Benidorm, Blackpool, Shameless, Whitechapel, Happy Valley and Mapp and Lucia.

Early life[edit]

Pemberton was born in Blackburn, Lancashire. He attended St. Michael's CE High School, where his acting skills were first recognised. After studying at Runshaw College, Pemberton graduated from Bretton Hall College with a BA (Hons) in theatre arts.


Pemberton's previous work has centred mainly around fringe theatre; he was a founding member of the 606 Theatre with Gordon Anderson, Tom Hadley, and producer Shane Walter. He has produced, performed in, and directed various stage productions. He has written for Variety and was the assistant editor of the International Film Guide from 1991 to 1998. His TV credits include Whitechapel, Doctor Who, Benidorm, Under the Greenwood Tree, Hotel Babylon, The Last Detective, Randall and Hopkirk, Blackpool, and Shameless. In 2004, he played Dr. Bessner in Death on the Nile. He also starred in the film Lassie (2005).

Pemberton is best known as being a member of the sketch comedy team The League of Gentlemen, along with fellow performers Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, and co-writer Jeremy Dyson, all of whom he met at Bretton Hall College in his late teens. The League of Gentlemen initially began as a stage act in 1995, then transferred to BBC Radio 4 as On the Town with the League of Gentlemen in 1997, and finally arrived on television on BBC Two in 1999. The latter has seen Pemberton and his colleagues awarded a British Academy Television Award, a Royal Television Society Award, and a Golden Rose of Montreux.

In 2007, Pemberton made an appearance as the vicar in the film Mr. Bean's Holiday. In July 2007, he took over from Bob Martin as "Man in Chair" in the West End production of the musical The Drowsy Chaperone,[2] playing the role until the production closed on 4 August 2007.[3] In the 2008 English language DVD re-release of the cult 2006 Norwegian animated film Free Jimmy, Pemberton voiced Mattis, a heavy-set and bizarrely-dressed biker member of the Lappish Mafia. In June 2009, Psychoville aired and marked Pemberton's return to BBC Two. It was co-written by Pemberton and his fellow League of Gentlemen member Reece Shearsmith. Both of them play numerous characters in the series, similar to the format of The League of Gentlemen.

Pemberton portrayed Rufus Drumknott in 2010's Terry Pratchett's Going Postal. He appeared as Vice Principal Douglas Panch in the Donmar's 2011 production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. In 2014, he played Georgie Pillson in an adaptation of E.F. Benson's Mapp and Lucia. He also wrote the adaptation, which featured his League of Gentlemen cohort Mark Gatiss. It was broadcast during Christmas 2014.[4]

Since 2014, he has starred as various characters in the dark comedy anthology series Inside No. 9, which he co-created with Shearsmith, airing on BBC Two. A second series aired in 2015.



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Death on the Nile Dr. Bessner
2005 The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse Various Characters Co-creator, co-writer
Lassie Hynes
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Mr. Prosser
2007 The Old Curiosity Shop Mr. Short
Mr. Bean's Holiday Vicar
2008 Free Jimmy Mattis
2012 Football Managers Oliver Writer


Year Title Role Notes
1999–2002 The League of Gentlemen Various Characters Series 1–3
Co-creator, co-writer
2000 Gormenghast Professor Mule
2000–2001 Randall and Hopkirk
2004 Blackpool Adrian Marr
Shameless Eddie Jackson
2005 Hotel Babylon
The Last Detective
Under the Greenwood Tree
2007–2015 Benidorm Mick Garvey 44 episodes
2008 Doctor Who Strackman Lux Episodes: "Silence in the Library","Forest of the Dead"
2009 Terry Pratchett's Going Postal Drumknott
2009–2011 Psychoville Various Characters Co-writer
2009–2013 Whitechapel Edward Buchan Writer of 2 episodes
2013 Heading Out Vet Inspector 1 episode
2014 Mapp and Lucia Georgie Pillson Writer
2014— Happy Valley Kevin Weatherill
Inside No. 9 Various Characters Co-writer and director


Year Title Role
2008 The Drowsy Chaperone
2009 The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Vice Principal Douglas Panch
2012 She Stoops to Conquer Mr. Hardcastle

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837–1983 (database on-line).
  2. ^ Baluch, Lalayn (27 June 2007). "Steve Pemberton to join The Drowsy Chaperone". The Stage (The Stage Newspaper). Retrieved 3 June 2008. 
  3. ^ Gans, Andrew (6 July 2007). "London's Drowsy Chaperone to Close in August". Playbill News (Playbill). Retrieved 3 June 2008. 
  4. ^ "BBC announces adaptation of EF Benson's Mapp and Lucia". Retrieved 3 May 2014. 

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