QIby niklas_ojman | created - 24 Jun 2013 | updated - 10 May 2016 | Public
People who's been on BBC's show QI
1. Stephen Fry
Actor | Gosford Park
Writer, actor, comedian, doer of good works, excellent good friend to the famous and not, Fry lives in his London SW1 flat and his Norfolk house when not traveling. Famous for his public declaration of celibacy in the "Tatler" back in the 1980s, Emma Thompson has characterised her friend as "90 ...
Former host of the show.
2. Alan Davies
Actor | Jonathan Creek
Alan lived in Loughton, Essex for most of his life, until he left to pursue a career in comedy. He now lives in Islington in north London. He is the second of three children, born in Essex, and has an older brother and a younger sister. He was raised by his father, an accountant when his mother ...
The only permanent panel member.
3. Eddie Izzard
Actor | Ocean's Thirteen
Best-known for his surreal and digressive stand-up, British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard was born on February 7, 1962, in Aden, Yemen, where his English parents -- Dorothy Ella, a nurse and midwife, and Harold John Izzard, an accountant -- worked for British Petroleum.
Izzard worked as a street ...
4. Hugh Laurie
Actor | House M.D.
Hugh was born in Oxford, England on June 11, 1959, to Patricia (Laidlaw) and William George Ranald Mundell "Ran" Laurie, a doctor, both of Scottish descent. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge. Son of an Olympic gold medalist in the sport, he rowed for the England youth team (1977) and for ...
Actor | The Good Shepherd
Actor and comedian known for his various roles on film, TV and stage. He was born in Largs, Scotland, in 1953. He has an older brother and a twin sister. His debut film was The Sender (1982), a horror feature in which he played a patient. His next film was The Bounty (1984) with Mel Gibson and ...
7. Bill Bailey
Actor | Hot Fuzz
Bill Bailey is known for his sharp wit and classic sense of humor. he is most famous for being in Never Mind The Buzzcocks, celebrity game-show in which he is a team captain. Bill is a stand up comedian, and has also starred in cult comedies such as Spaced and of course Black Books. He was given ...
8. Rich Hall
Writer | Not Necessarily the News
Rich Hall was born on June 10, 1954 in Alexandria, Virginia, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for Not Necessarily the News (1982), Arthur Christmas (2011) and Otis Lee Crenshaw: Live (2001). He has been married to Karen Hall since 2004. They have one child.
9. Jeremy Hardy
Actor | How to Be
Jeremy Hardy was born on July 17, 1961 in Aldershot, Hampshire, England as Jeremy James Hardy. He was an actor and writer, known for How to Be (2008), Blackadder Goes Forth (1989) and Spitting Image (1984). He was married to Katie Barlow and Kit Hollerbach. He died on February 1, 2019 in the UK.
10. Clive Anderson
Self | Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Clive Anderson was born on December 10, 1952 in Middlesex, England. He is a writer and actor, known for Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1988), The World According to Smith & Jones (1987) and The Smith & Jones Sketchbook (2006). He has been married to Jane Hughes since 1981. They have three ...
11. Meera Syal
Actress | Beautiful Thing
Meera Syal was born on June 27, 1961 in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England as Feroza Syal. She is an actress and writer, known for Beautiful Thing (1996), Absolutely Anything (2015) and Doctor Strange (2016). She has been married to Sanjeev Bhaskar since January 21, 2005. They have one child. ...
12. Jo Brand
Writer | Getting On
Jo Brand was born on July 23, 1957 in London, England as Josephine Grace Brand. She is a writer and actress, known for Getting On (2009), The More You Ignore Me (2018) and Damned (2016). She has been married to Bernie Bourke since December 19, 1997. They have two children.
13. Howard Goodall
Music_department | Johnny English
Howard Goodall was educated at New College School, Stowe School and Lord Williams's School. A boy chorister, he studied music at Christ Church, Oxford, where he achieved a First. He became known to the public for composing the theme tunes to popular BBC comedy series such as Blackadder (1982), Red ...
14. Gyles Brandreth
Writer | Dear Ladies
Gyles Brandreth was born on March 8, 1948 in Wuppertal, Germany as Gyles Daubeney Brandreth. He is an actor and writer, known for Dear Ladies (1983), That Mitchell and Webb Look (2006) and Philip and Elizabeth (2006). He has been married to Michelle Brown since June 8, 1973. They have three ...
15. Rob Brydon
Actor | Marion & Geoff
Rob Brydon was born on May 3, 1965 in Swansea, Wales as Robert Brydon Jones. He is an actor and writer, known for Marion & Geoff (2000), Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005) and The Trip (2010). He has been married to Claire Holland since October 6, 2006. They have two children.
16. Jimmy Carr
Writer | 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown
Jimmy Carr is an award-winning comedian, writer and television host.
Among the most-respected and best-loved comedians working in Britain today, Jimmy is one of the biggest selling live acts in UK comedy, consistently performing to sell-out crowds across the country and around the world.
19. Linda Smith
Actress | The Mark Steel Lectures
Linda Smith was born on January 25, 1958 in Erith, Kent, England. She was an actress, known for The Mark Steel Lectures (2003), Trevor's World of Sport (2003) and Not Tonight with John Sergeant (2005). She died on February 27, 2006 in London, England.
21. Julia Morris
Actress | House Husbands
Julia Morris found her in-road to the entertainment industry as a singer and choreographer with Club Med villages all around the world. She returned to Australia to pursue stand-up comedy. With such a void of female comedians at 'circuit' level, Julia was able to advance at such a rapid pace that ...
Actor | Guardians of the Galaxy
Peter Serafinowicz was born on July 10, 1972 in Liverpool, England as Peter Szymon Serafinowicz. He is an actor and producer, known for Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Spy (2015) and Shaun of the Dead (2004). He is married to Sarah Alexander. They have two children.
23. Richard E. Grant
Actor | Gosford Park
Richard E. Grant was born on May 5, 1957 in Mbabane, Hhohho, Swaziland as Richard Grant Esterhuysen. He is an actor, known for Gosford Park (2001), Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) and Hudson Hawk (1991). He has been married to Joan Washington since November 1, 1986. They have two children.
24. Phill Jupitus
Actor | Mike Bassett: England Manager
Phill became a familiar face when he started as team captain on BBC2's pop quiz Never Mind the Buzzcocks in 1996, which went on to run for 19 years. Aside from live poetry and stand-up shows all over the UK, he also appears as a regular guest on QI (BBC2) and Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled (Dave) and...
26. Jeremy Clarkson
Self | Top Gear
Jeremy Clarkson was born in 1960 in the Yorkshire town of Doncaster in the North of England, an area renowned for its loud shouting and rampant exaggeration. He went to Repton school but didn't really pay attention and then got a job with a local newspaper where he was famed for stories such as '...
27. Barry Cryer
Writer | It's Tommy Cooper
Barry Cryer was born on March 23, 1935 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England as Barry Charles Cryer. He is known for his work on It's Tommy Cooper (1969), The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins (1971) and Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969). He has been married to Theresa Margaret 'Terry' Donovan since 1962. ...
28. Anneka Rice
Actress | Comic Relief: Behind the Nose
Anneka Rice was born on October 4, 1958 in Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales as Anne Rice. She is an actress and producer, known for Comic Relief: Behind the Nose (1992), Challenge Anneka (1987) and TV Weekly (1987). She was previously married to Nicholas Allott.
30. Arthur Smith
Actor | Dallas Buyers Club
Arthur Smith was born in South London in 1954. He went to a grammar school and studied at the University of East Anglia in the classes of writer Malcolm Bradbury He has also worked as a road sweeper, dustman, warehouse worker and teacher. He started on the alternative comedy circuit in the 1980s, ...
32. Josie Lawrence
Actress | Enchanted April
Josie Lawrence was born on June 6, 1959 in Old Hill, Dudley, West Midlands, England as Wendy Lawrence. She is an actress, known for Enchanted April (1991), Outside Edge (1994) and Robin Hood (2006). She is also a voice actress for The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends episode The World of Peter ...
33. Mark Gatiss
Actor | The League of Gentlemen
Mark Gatiss is an accomplished author, actor and playwright. Originally from Sedgefield, County Durham, he graduated from Bretton Hall Drama College with a BA (honors) in Theatre Arts.
He was one-quarter of the award-winning comedy team The League of Gentlemen (1999), and became heavily involved in ...
35. Andy Hamilton
Writer | Drop the Dead Donkey
Andy Hamilton was born in 1954 in Fulham, London, England as Andrew Neil Hamilton. He is a writer and producer, known for Drop the Dead Donkey (1990), Outnumbered (2007) and What We Did on Our Holiday (2014). He has been married to Libby Asher since 1988. They have three children.
Actor | The Armstrong and Miller Show
Alexander Armstrong was born on March 2, 1970 in Rothbury, Northumberland, England as Alexander Henry Fenwick Armstrong. He is an actor and writer, known for The Armstrong and Miller Show (2007), Match Point (2005) and Scoop (2006). He has been married to Hannah Bronwen Snow since August 27, 2003. ...
39. David Mitchell
Writer | That Mitchell and Webb Look
David Mitchell was born on 14th July 1974 in Salisbury, England. His parents, Ian and Kathy Mitchell, worked as hotel managers in Salisbury. David also has a brother. In 1977 the family moved to Oxford, where his parents taught a course in hotel management at Oxford Brookes University. David was ...
41. Vic Reeves
Actor | Vic Reeves Big Night Out
Vic Reeves was born on January 24, 1959 in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England as James Roderick Moir. He is an actor and writer, known for Vic Reeves Big Night Out (1990), House of Fools (2014) and Catterick (2004). He has been married to Nancy Sorrell since January 25, 2003. They have two children. He...
45. Rory Bremner
Actor | Rory Bremner, Who Else?
Rory Bremner was born on April 6, 1961 in Edinburgh, Scotland as Roderick Keith Ogilvy Bremner. He is an actor and writer, known for Rory Bremner, Who Else? (1993), Bremner, Bird and Fortune (1999) and The Alternative Christmas Message (1996). He has been married to Tessa Campbell Fraser since ...
47. Julian Clary
Actor | Carry on Columbus
Julian Clary was born on May 25, 1959 in Surbiton, Surrey, England as Julian Peter McDonald Clary. He is an actor and writer, known for Carry on Columbus (1992), Dick Whittington (2002) and Aladdin (2000). He has been married to Ian Mackley since November 19, 2016.
48. Jonathan Ross
Actor | Spice World
Comedian, talk show host, game show host, film critic, radio DJ and awards show compere, Jonathan Ross is the most successful British broadcaster of his generation. After attending the School of Slavonic and East European Studies in London and gaining a Modern European History degree, he worked as ...
49. Graeme Garden
Writer | The Goodies
Graeme Garden was born on February 18, 1943 in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland as David Graeme Garden. He is a writer and actor, known for The Goodies (1970), The Imitation Game (2018) and Engelbert with the Young Generation (1972). He is married to Emma. They have one child. He was previously ...
50. Johnny Vaughan
Actor | 'Orrible
Johnny Vaughan was born on July 16, 1966 in Barnet, North London, England as Jonathan Randal Vaughan. He is a producer and actor, known for 'Orrible (2001), Top Buzzer (2004) and Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005). He has been married to Antonia Davies since August 5, 1999. They have two ...
52. Jessica Hynes
Actress | Shaun of the Dead
As both a writer and performer, Jessica Hynes has worked prolifically in television, film and theatre. Born in Lewisham, South London in 1972, she was brought up in Brighton, Sussex. At school, she would write bizarre sci-fi stories. At age 15, she joined the National Youth Theatre and left home at...
53. Johnny Vegas
Actor | Bleak House
Johnny Vegas was born on September 11, 1971 in St. Helens, Merseyside, England as Michael Joseph Pennington. He is an actor and producer, known for Bleak House (2005), The Libertine (2004) and Happiness (2001). He has been married to Maia Dunphy since March 2011. He was previously married to ...
55. Terry Wogan
Actor | The Goodies
Terry Wogan was born on August 3, 1938 in Limerick, Ireland as Michael Terence Wogan. He was an actor, known for The Goodies (1970), The Little and Large Show (1978) and Ashes to Ashes (2008). He was married to Helen Joyce. He died on January 31, 2016 in Buckinghamshire, England.
56. Dom Joly
Actor | Trigger Happy TV
Dom Joly was born on November 15, 1968 in Beirut, Lebanon as Dominic John Romulus Joly. He is an actor and director, known for Trigger Happy TV (2000), Trigger Happy TV (2003) and World Shut Your Mouth (2005). He is married to Stacey Joly. They have two children.
57. Pam Ayres
Actress | The Main Attraction
Pam Ayres was born on March 14, 1947 in Stanford-in-the-Vale, Oxfordshire, England. She is an actress and writer, known for The Main Attraction (1983), The Black and White Minstrel Show (1958) and Playdays (1988). She is married to Dudley Russell. They have two children.
Actor | Love Actually
Marcus began his comedy career at Bristol University where he performed stand up and character shows and soon won the BBC New Comedian of 1996. He has since emerged as a major comedy, writing and acting talent, performing in the UK and beyond and has become a regular voice on BBC Radio with an ...
60. Ben Miller
Actor | Johnny English Strikes Again
Halfway through a PhD in physics at Cambridge University, Ben met Alexander Armstrong (who was also studying there) in 1992. Instead of finishing his PhD, Ben chose to scrap science for comedy and started playing at the Comedy Club Footlights, Cambridge. After four years of touring pubs and ...
61. John Sergeant
Actor | On the Margin
John Sergeant was born on April 14, 1944 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. He is an actor, known for On the Margin (1966), My Dad's the Prime Minister (2003) and Casualty (1986). He has been married to Mary Smithees since January 4, 1969. They have two children.
62. Emma Thompson
Actress | Sense and Sensibility
Emma Thompson was born on April 15, 1959 in Paddington, London, into a family of actors - father Eric Thompson and mother Phyllida Law, who has co-starred with Thompson in several films. Her sister, Sophie Thompson, is an actor as well. Her father was English-born and her mother is Scottish-born. ...
64. Sandi Toksvig
Writer | No 73
Born 3 May 1958 in Copenhagen, Denmark as Sandra Birgitte Toksvig, she is a British-Danish actor, comedian, writer, producer, and activist. Her father, Claus Toksvig, was one of the most important figures in Danish broadcasting. Her mother, Julie Anne Toksvig (née Brett), was British. Her brother ...
Current host of the show.
65. Lee Mack
Actor | Not Going Out
Lee Mack was born in 1968 in Southport, Lancashire, England as Lee Gordon McKillop. He is an actor and writer, known for Not Going Out (2006), The Sketch Show (2001) and Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show (2005). He has been married to Tara since 2005. They have three children.
66. David Tennant
Actor | Doctor Who
David Tennant was born David John McDonald in West Lothian, Scotland, to Essdale Helen (McLeod) and Sandy McDonald, who was a Presbyterian minister. He is of Scottish and Ulster-Scots descent. When he was about 3 or 4 years old, he decided to become an actor, inspired by his love of Doctor Who (...
69. Jan Ravens
Actress | Dead Ringers
Jan Ravens was born on May 14, 1958 in Bebington, Cheshire, England as Janet M Ravens. She is an actress and writer, known for Dead Ringers (2002), Duck Patrol (1998) and 2DTV (2001). She has been married to Max Hole since July 1999. They have one child. She was previously married to Steve Brown.
70. Barry Humphries
His father was an affluent construction manager. Barry was a very intelligent boy who attended Melbourne University. There, he began in revues and doing some impersonations. He moved to London around 1960 and began his TV career. He has created numerous characters, including Dame Edna Everidge and ...
73. Ruby Wax
Actress | Shock Treatment
Ruby Wax was born on April 19, 1953 in Evanston, Illinois, USA as Ruby Wachs. She is known for her work on Shock Treatment (1981), Girls on Top (1985) and Chariots of Fire (1981). She has been married to Ed Bye since May 16, 1988. They have three children. She was previously married to Trevor ...
74. Chris Addison
Actor | The Thick of It
Born in Cardiff, Chris Addison grew up in Manchester where he attended the Manchester Grammar School before going on to study at the University of Birmingham. Following his graduation in 1994, he put ambitions to direct theatre on hold and "drifted into stand-up comedy" which became his full-time ...
77. Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Jacob Radcliffe was born on July 23, 1989 in Fulham, London, England, to casting agent Marcia Gresham (née Jacobson) and literary agent Alan Radcliffe. His father is from a Northern Irish Protestant background, while his mother was born in South Africa, to a Jewish family (from Lithuania, ...
78. Robert Webb
Actor | That Mitchell and Webb Look
Robert Webb was born on September 29, 1972 in Lincolnshire, England. He is an actor and writer, known for That Mitchell and Webb Look (2006), Peep Show (2003) and The Smoking Room (2004). He has been married to Abigail Burdess since 2006. They have two children.
81. John Bishop
Writer | Little Crackers
John Bishop is one the UK's biggest names in comedy, selling-out numerous National arena tours. He has achieved huge success with a number of his own comedy, entertainment and documentary television shows including 'John Bishop's Australia' (BBC1), 'John Bishop's Britain' (BBC1), 'John Bishop's ...
83. Sarah Millican
Sarah Millican was born on May 29, 1975 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England as Sarah Jane King. She is known for her work on The Sarah Millican Television Programme (2012), Sarah Millican: Control Enthusiast Live (2018) and QI (2003). She has been married to Gary Delaney since December 2013. ...
85. Brian Cox
Brian Cox was born on March 3, 1968 in Oldham, Lancashire, England as Brian Edward Cox. He is an actor and writer, known for Sunshine (2007), Absolutely Anything (2015) and The Science of Doctor Who (2013). He has been married to Gia Milinovich since 2003. They have one child.
88. Al Murray
Actor | Time Gentlemen Please
Al Murray was born on May 10, 1968 in Stewkley, Buckinghamshire, England as Alastair James Hay Murray. He is an actor and writer, known for Time Gentlemen Please (2000), Al Murray: The Pub Landlord Live - My Gaff, My Rules (2003) and Happy Hour (2007). He has been married to Amber Murray since 2000...
89. Brian Blessed
Actor | Flash Gordon
Boisterous British actor Brian Blessed is known for his hearty, king-sized portrayals on film and television. A giant of a man accompanied by an eloquent wit and booming, operatic voice, Brian was born in 1936 and grew up in the mining village of Goldthorpe in South Yorkshire. His father was a ...
94. Jack Whitehall
Actor | The Bad Education Movie
Jack Whitehall was a child actor in various television dramas, but decided to pursue stand-up comedy after leaving school. He was a finalist in the So You Think You're Funny talent hunt at last year's Edinburgh Fringe, and was nominated for best newcomer at this year's Chortle Awards. In December ...
98. Greg Proops
Greg Proops was born on October 3, 1959 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA as Gregory Everett Proops. He is an actor and writer, known for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and Brother Bear (2003). He has been married to Jennifer Canaga since February 14,...
99. Rhys Darby
Actor | Flight of the Conchords
Rhys Darby was born on March 21, 1974 in New Zealand as Rhys Montague Darby. He is an actor and writer, known for Flight of the Conchords (2007), Yes Man (2008) and Voltron: Legendary Defender (2016). He has been married to Rosie Carnahan-Darby since January 25, 2004. They have two children.
100. Jason Manford
Actor | Ordinary Lies
Jason Manford was born on May 26, 1981 in Salford, Lancashire, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Ordinary Lies (2015), Ideal (2005) and Little Crackers (2010). He has been married to Lucy Dyke since December 23, 2017. They have one child. He was previously married to Catherine.