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Adrian Edmondson

Adrian Edmondson was born in Bradford, Yorkshire. He went to Manchester University to study drama. Whilst he was there he met Rik Mayall, and the pair began performing as 20th Century Coyote. The act continued after university when Adrian & Rik moved to London, and they became two of the leading lights in the new 'alternative comedy' scene, performing at the newly established Comedy Store, and setting up their own club, The Comic Strip, with 'Peter Richardson', Nigel Planer, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, and Alexei Sayle. This spawned two 1980s TV series: The Young Ones (1982), and The Comic Strip Presents... (1982) In the 1990's Ade & Rik continued their partnership with a new series called Bottom (1991), which ran for three seasons and became a major success on the live circuit. It was basically a live sitcom, liberally sprinkled with slapstick humour, and the pair did 5 long tours between 1993 and 2003. Simultaneously, Adrian established himself as an actor, doing two improvised TV films under the Screen One and Screen Two umbrella, with director Les Blair: Screen Two: Honest, Decent and True (1986), and Screen One: News Hounds (1990) (winner of the BAFTA for best single drama). He was a regular in the hospital drama Holby City (1999) from 2005 - 2008. He took the lead in a drama documentary about the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster in the series Surviving Disaster (2006), and appeared as Henry Austen in the TV movie Miss Austen Regrets (2008), the film Blood (2012), and the drama series Prey (2014). But his most notable dramatic role to date is that of Count Rostov in the BBC series War & Peace (2016).

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Jan 24, 1957 In Bradford, Yorkshire, England
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Secret Policeman's Ball 1976-04-01
Latest Project:
Movie Blackadder's Most Cunning Moments 2022
Known For
Poster of Genius
Poster of Catchphrase
Poster of Blood
Poster of The One Show
Movie Blackadder's Most Cunning Moments Baron von Richthoven 2022
Series Between the Covers Self 2020-10-09
Series Out of Her Mind Lewis 2020-10-20
Movie The Rizen: Possession The Interviewer 2019-05-22
Series Cheat William Vaughan 2019-03-11
Movie Completely Bad News Vim Fuego 2019-11-29
Series Save Me Gideon Charles 2018-02-28
Movie RSC Live: Twelfth Night Malvolio 2018-02-14
Movie How The Young Ones Changed Comedy Unknown 2018-05-26
Series Urban Myths Leslie Conn 2017-01-19
Movie The Rizen Interviewer 2017-01-01
Series Genius David Hilbert 2017-04-25
Series Bancroft Superintendent Cliff Walker 2017-12-11
Movie Interlude In Prague Herr Luptak 2017-05-25
Movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi Captain Peavey 2017-12-13
Series War and Peace Ilya Rostov 2016-01-03
Series One of Us Peter Elliot 2016-08-23
Movie Rocky Horror Show Live Narrator 2015-11-17
Series Prey DCI Warner 2014-04-28
Series Catchphrase Unknown 2013-04-07
Series The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff Headmaster Wackville 2012-02-20
Series The Great Sport Relief Bake Off Himself - Contestant 2012-01-10
Movie Blood Tom Tiernan 2012-10-09
Series Gadget Man Unknown 2012-11-19
Series Ade In Britain 2011-11-07
Series Monte Carlo or Bust Unknown 2010-10-28
Series Let's Dance for Comic Relief Himself - Contestant 2009-02-21
Movie Miss Austen Regrets Henry Austen 2008-02-03
Series Teenage Kicks 2008-03-28
Movie Rocky Horror Tribute Show Brad 2008-10-14
Series Would I Lie to You? Himself 2007-06-16
Series The Alan Titchmarsh Show Unknown 2007-09-03
Movie If It Ain't Stiff: The Stiff Records Story Himself - Narrator 2007-12-14
Series Surviving Disaster Unknown 2006-01-10
Series The One Show Unknown 2006-08-14
Series School's Out Unknown 2006-04-19
Series Twisted Tales Unknown 2005-01-16
Series Doctors and Nurses Unknown 2004-01-13
Movie Bottom Mindless Violence Eddie 2004-11-22
Series Comic Relief Does Fame Academy 2003-03-07
Series Celebrity Mastermind Unknown 2003-12-26
Movie Bottom Live 2003: Weapons Grade Y-Fronts Tour Edward Hitler 2003-11-24
Movie Bottom Live 2001 An Arse Oddity Eddie 2001-10-19
Movie Big Bottom Live - The Best of Bottom Live Unknown 1999-11-15
Movie The Making of 'Guest House Paradiso' Himself 1999-11-15
Movie Guest House Paradiso Eddie 1999-12-03
Movie Jack and the Beanstalk: The ITV Pantomime Dame Dolly 1998-12-25
Series Jonathan Creek Unknown 1997-05-09
Movie Bottom Live 3: Hooligan's Island Eddie Hitler 1997-10-27
Series Captain Star Unknown 1997-07-08
Movie Bottom Fluff 1996-11-16
Movie The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Treasure of the Peacock's Eye Zyke 1995-01-16
Movie Bottom Live The Big Number 2 Tour Eddie 1995-11-06
Series Anna Lee Unknown 1994-02-27
Movie Bottom Live The Stage Show Eddie 1993-09-27
Series If You See God, Tell Him Gordon Spry 1993-11-11
Series Absolutely Fabulous Unknown 1992-11-12
Series Pebble Mill Unknown 1991-10-14
Movie The Pope Must Die Father Rookie 1991-06-21
Series Bottom Edward Elizabeth Hitler 1991-09-17
Movie News Hounds Unknown 1990-09-02
Movie GLC: The Carnage Continues Billy/Prince Charles/Giles Cricket Bat Portland 1990-02-05
Series Rita Rudner Unknown 1990-09-18
Movie The Secret Policeman’s Biggest Ball Himself 1989-01-01
Series Press Gang Simon Knowles 1989-01-16
Series Happy Families 1989-08-17
Series Snakes and Ladders Giles Tewkesbury 1989-10-17
Movie The Strike Adrian/Slim/Policeman 1988-02-20
Movie More Bad News Vim Fuego 1988-02-27
Series This Morning Unknown 1988-10-03
Movie Mr Jolly Lives Next Door Unknown 1988-03-05
Series Filthy Rich & Catflap Edward Catflap 1987-01-07
Series French & Saunders John 1987-03-09
Movie Eat the Rich Charles 1987-06-01
Series The Dangerous Brothers Sir Adrian Dangerous 1986-01-01
Movie Dangerous Brothers Present: World of Danger Sir Adrian Dangerous 1986-01-01
Movie The Comic Relief Utterly Utterly Rude Video Live 1986-04-25
Series Saturday Live 1986-01-25
Movie Honest Decent and True Unknown 1986-02-09
Series Happy Families 1985-10-17
Movie The Supergrass Dennis Carter 1985-11-08
Movie Bad News Tour Vim Fuego/Alan Metcalfe 1983-01-24
Series Blackadder Baron von Richtoven 1983-06-15
Series Natural World Narrator 1983-10-30
Movie Kevin Turvey: The Man Behind the Green Door Keith Marshall 1982-03-13
Series The Comic Strip Presents 1982-11-02
Series The Young Ones Vyvyan 1982-11-09
Movie The Comic Strip 1981-01-01
Series An Audience with... Himself 1978-01-08
Series The Secret Policeman's Ball 1976-04-01