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Rik Mayall (1958–2014)


Rik Mayall, one of the first and foremost alternative comedians in the UK, was born in a village called Matching Tye, just outside Harlow in Essex. His parents, John and Gillian were both drama teachers. His acting debut was at the age of seven when he appeared in one of his father's stage plays. He met his comedy partner and best friend Adrian "... See full bio »

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Known For

An American Werewolf in London
(1981)
Drop Dead Fred
Drop Dead Fred Drop Dead Fred
(1991)
Guest House Paradiso
Guest House Paradiso Richard Twat
(1999)
The New Statesman
The New Statesman Alan B'Stard / Alan B'stard
(1987-1994)

Filmography

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 2015 De Ontsnapping
Eddie
 2014 Crackanory (TV Series)
Storyteller
 2014 One by One
Ernest
 2013 Man Down (TV Series)
Dad
- Christmas Special (2013) ... Dad
- Small Business Awards (2013) ... Dad
- Episode #1.5 (2013) ... Dad
- Episode #1.4 (2013) ... Dad
- Episode #1.3 (2013) ... Dad
 2013 Don't Fear Death (Short)
Death
 2013 Damo and Ivor (TV Series)
Alistair Itchdaddy
- Episode #1.2 (2013) ... Alistair Itchdaddy
- Episode #1.1 (2013) ... Alistair Itchdaddy
 1983-2012 The Comic Strip Presents... (TV Series)
Colin Grigson / Mr. McVitty / Prof. Predictor / ...
- Five Go to Rehab (2012) ... Mr. McVitty
- The Hunt for Tony Blair (2011) ... Prof. Predictor
- Sex Actually (2005) ... Bilbo
- Four Men in a Car (1998) ... Alan
 2012 Eldorado (Video)
Chef Mario
 2010 This Side of the Afterlife (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 2010 Just for the Record
Andy Wiseman
 2009 Midsomer Murders (TV Series)
David Roper
- The Creeper (2009) ... David Roper
 2009 Minder (TV Series)
Maurice Robinson
 2007 Gina's Laughing Gear (TV Series)
 2007 Blanche Neige, la suite
The Seven Dwarves (English version, voice)
 2005-2006 King Arthur's Disasters (TV Series)
King Arthur
- Donkey Kong King (2006) ... King Arthur (voice)
- A Dope on a Rope (2006) ... King Arthur (voice)
- Baa Baa Green Goat (2006) ... King Arthur (voice)
- The Rocket Man (2006) ... King Arthur (voice)
 2005 Valiant
Cufflingk (voice)
 2004 ABBA: Our Last Video Ever (TV Short)
Record boss
 2003 Cold Dark
Vet
 2003 Oh Marbella!
Greg Dubois
 2003 Sindy: The Fairy Princess (Video)
 2003 Chaos and Cadavers
Lennox Crowly
 2002 Day of the Sirens
Domo Childs
 1999-2000 Watership Down (TV Series)
Kehaar
- The Homecoming (2000) ... Kehaar (voice)
- Bigwig's Way (2000) ... Kehaar (voice)
- The Invasion (2000) ... Kehaar (voice)
- The Mysterious Visitors (2000) ... Kehaar (voice)
 2000 The Knock (TV Series)
Simon Reid
- Episode #5.1 (2000) ... Simon Reid
 2000 Hogs of War (Video Game) (voice)
 1999 It's Itsy Bitsy Time (TV Series)
Bert / Squidge
- Tom and Vicky ... Bert / Squidge (voice)
 1999 Jellikins (TV Series)
Narrator (voice)
 1999 Le château des singes
Gerard the Gormless (English version, voice)
 1999 Santa's Special Delivery (TV Movie)
Santa Claus (voice)
 1998 In the Red (TV Series)
Dominic De'Ath
- Episode #1.3 (1998) ... Dominic De'Ath
- Episode #1.2 (1998) ... Dominic De'Ath
- Episode #1.1 (1998) ... Dominic De'Ath
 1998 Tom and Vicky (TV Series) (voice)
 1997 The Canterville Ghost (TV Movie)
Reverend Dampier
 1997 Remember Me?
Ian
 1996 The Willows in Winter (TV Movie)
Toad (voice)
 1996 Bottom Fluff (Video)
Richie
 1995-1996 How to Be a Little Sod (TV Series)
Little S*d
- Present Time (1996) ... Little S*d (voice)
- Bedtime Story (1996) ... Little S*d (voice)
- Don't Forget the Kitchen Sink (1996) ... Little S*d (voice)
- Getting Around (1995) ... Little S*d (voice)
- A Life of Her Own (1995) ... Little S*d (voice)
 1996 Bud Tucker in Double Trouble (Video Game)
Dick Tate (voice)
 1995 Out of My Head (Video)
Ricky / The Doctor / Tobi
 1995 The Wind in the Willows (TV Movie)
Toad (voice)
 1995 The Snow Queen
Robber King (voice)
 1995 Look at the State We're In! (TV Mini-Series)
Rattner
- The Status Quo (1995) ... Rattner
- Nanny Knows Best (1995) ... Rattner
- Legal System (1995) ... Rattner
- Local Government (1995) ... Rattner
- Secrecy (1995) ... Rattner
 1991-1995 Bottom (TV Series)
Richie
- 'S Out (1995) ... Richie
- Carnival (1995) ... Richie
- Finger (1995) ... Richie
- Dough (1995) ... Richie
- Break (1995) ... Richie
 1995 Clair de Lune (TV Movie)
Toby
 1995 Dirty Old Town (TV Movie)
Raymond
 1995 The Big One (TV Movie)
Lewis Fox
 1994 A. B'Stard Exposed (TV Movie)
Alan B'Stard
 1994 Asterix in America
Cacofonix (English version, voice, uncredited)
 1993 Horse Opera (TV Movie)
Wyatt Earp
 1993 Bottom Live (Video)
Richard Richard
 1993 Dancing Queen (TV Movie)
Neil
 1993 Briefest Encounter (TV Movie)
Greg
 1993 Micky Love (TV Movie)
Micky Love
 1989 Snakes and Ladders (TV Series)
Alternative comedian
- Episode #1.7 (1989) ... Alternative comedian
 1989 Grim Tales (TV Series)
Narrator
 1988 Jake's Journey (TV Movie)
Troll
 1987 French and Saunders (TV Series)
Dawn's co-star
- Episode #1.5 (1987) ... Dawn's co-star
 1986 Saturday Live (TV Series)
Richard Dangerous
 1986 Black-Adder II (TV Series)
Flashheart
- Bells (1986) ... Flashheart
 1985 Happy Families (TV Series)
Priest
- Madeleine (1985) ... Priest
 1984 The Lenny Henry Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.5 (1984)
 1982-1984 The Young Ones (TV Series)
Rick / Alien Spotter / Dicky
- Summer Holiday (1984) ... Rick
- Sick (1984) ... Rick
- Time (1984) ... Rick
- Nasty (1984) ... Rick
- Cash (1984) ... Rick
 1983 The Black Adder (TV Series)
Mad Gerald - Himself
- The Black Seal (1983) ... Mad Gerald - Himself (as Mad Gerald)
 1982 Whoops Apocalypse (TV Series)
Biff
- Autumn Cannibalism (1982) ... Biff
 1981 Couples and Robbers (Short)
Morris David Boyd
 1981 A Kick Up the Eighties (TV Series)
Kevin Turvey
- Episode #1.2 (1981) ... Kevin Turvey (as Kevin Turvey)
- Episode #1.1 (1981) ... Kevin Turvey (as Kevin Turvey)
 1981 Wolcott (TV Mini-Series)
PC Fell
 1980 The Squad (TV Series)
1st Supporter
- New Boys (1980) ... 1st Supporter
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Show Show Music department (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (3 credits)
Show Show Producer (2 credits)
Show Show Production designer (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (5 credits)
Show Show Self (33 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (25 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

Sang part of "Look What I Did To My Id" on the Shock Treatment (1981) soundtrack album. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 5 Interviews | See more »

Alternate Names:

20th Century Coyote | Mad Gerald | Kevin Turvey

Height:

5' 11" (1.81 m)
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Personal Quote:

I've always had live audiences. See more »

Trivia:

His final performance was in the Dutch film De Ontsnapping (2015), filmed just weeks before his sudden death, and his last scene ends with him quoting the following soliloquy from Macbeth: "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, creeps in this petty pace from day to day, to the last syllable of recorded time. And all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle.... See more »

Trademark:

Very manic comic performances, often shouting and screaming. See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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