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 51)
Blackburn, Lancashire, England
Occupation Actor, writer, comedian, director
Years active 1995–present
Television Benidorm
Happy Valley
Mapp and Lucia
Inside No. 9
Doctor Who
The League of Gentlemen

Steven James Pemberton (born 1 September 1967)[citation needed] is an English actor, comedian and writer, best known as a member of The League of Gentlemen with Reece Shearsmith, Mark Gatiss, and Jeremy Dyson. Pemberton and Shearsmith also co-wrote and appeared in the sitcom Psychoville and the comedy-drama Inside No. 9. 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.[citation needed] He attended St Michael's CE High School in Chorley, where his acting skills were first recognised.[citation needed] After studying at Runshaw College, Pemberton graduated from Bretton Hall College with a BA (Hons) in theatre arts.[citation needed]


Pemberton's early work 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 and Harry Secombe in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. He also appeared 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,[1] playing the role until the production closed on 4 August 2007.[2] 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.[3]

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 and a third in 2017. A fourth series is currently airing on BBC Two (January 2018).

Pemberton reunited with his The League of Gentlemen colleagues in 2017 for three special episodes, transmitted in December 2017 on BBC2.

Pemberton appears as himself in the 2018 short film To Trend on Twitter in aid of young people with cancer charity CLIC Sargent with fellow comedians David Baddiel, Reece Shearsmith, Helen Lederer and actor Jason Flemyng. [4]

Personal life[edit]

He lives in North London with his partner Alison and their three children, Lucas, Madeleine and Adam.[5][6]



Year Title Role Notes
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 (Special Participation)
2008 Free Jimmy Mattis
2012 Football Managers Oliver Writer
2018 To Trend on Twitter Self


Year Title Role Notes
1999–02, 2017 The League of Gentlemen Various Characters Series 1–4
Co-creator, co-writer
2000 Gormenghast Professor Mule
2000–2001 Randall and Hopkirk
2004 Blackpool Adrian Marr
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Death on the Nile Dr Bessner
Shameless Eddie Jackson
2005 Hotel Babylon
The Last Detective
Under the Greenwood Tree Mr. Shinar
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
Happy Valley Kevin Weatherill
2014 Toast of London Francis Bacon Season 2 Episode 6, "Fool in Love"
2014– Inside No. 9 Various Characters Co-writer and director
2015 Lewis Ian Tedman Episodes: "One For Sorrow" parts 1 and 2
Harry Hill in Professor Branestawm Returns Professor Algebrain One-off special
2016 Camping Robin 6 episodes
Tracey Ullman's Show Colin 1 episode
2017 Midsomer Murders Timothy Benson 1 episode : "Red in Tooth & Claw"
The League of Gentlemen Various 3 episodes


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


  1. ^ Baluch, Lalayn (27 June 2007). "Steve Pemberton to join The Drowsy Chaperone". The Stage. The Stage Newspaper. Retrieved 3 June 2008. 
  2. ^ Gans, Andrew (6 July 2007). "London's Drowsy Chaperone to Close in August". Playbill News. Playbill. Retrieved 3 June 2008. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "BBC announces adaptation of EF Benson's Mapp and Lucia". Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Top Comics Join Short Film". Chortle. 13 August 2018. Retrieved 14 August 2018. 
  5. ^ Bletchly, Rachael (2012-04-11). "Benidorm's Steve Pemberton: I had a heart attack at 25... but it took me 20 years to scare me into losing two stone". mirror. Retrieved 2018-02-17. 
  6. ^ "'I'D LOVE TO GO BACK' Steve Pemberton says he's keen to reclaim his Benidorm character Mick Garvey one day". The Sun. Retrieved 2018-02-17. 

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