Famous British Stand-up Comedians

Find out more about the greatest British Stand-up Comedians, including Rowan Atkinson, Michael McIntyre, Alan Davies, Tim Vine and Omid Djalili

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 1 Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: June 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Whitley, Reading, England

Ricky Gervais is one of the best known comedians in the world. He attained fame after starring in the British television series The Office. Later, he ventured into a successful stand-up comedy career. He has performed at many shows and has also acted in several films. However, his dark comedy has often been called insensitive and offensive by several critics.

 2 Eddie Izzard

Eddie Izzard
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Famous As: Comedian, Voice actor, Stage actor, Film actor
Birthdate: February 7, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Aden, Yemen

Although best known for her surreal and digressive stand-up comedies, Eddie Izzard is also a popular film and television actor. Born as Edward John Izzard, she began her career as a street performer, eventually making her first stage appearance at the age of twenty-five, quickly drawing larger and larger audience with her stream-of-consciousness delivery, achieving fame both home and abroad.

 3 Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 11, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

A Guinness record holder for the most-watched leading man on TV, three-time Golden Globe-winner and two-time SAG Award-winner Hugh Laurie has also dabbled in blues music and written a novel. From starting his career with sketch comedy, to winning the OBE and CBE, the actor/comedian has come a long way.

 4 Russell Brand

Russell Brand
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: June 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Grays, Essex, England, United Kingdom

British comedian and actor, Russell Brand, has had a successful career working in several stand-up comic shows, television projects and movies. He is also known to be a social activist and a political commentator. However, he has generated controversies multiple times for his divergent views, offensive behaviour and outspokenness. He has also been in the news for drug use and promiscuity.

 5 Jack Whitehall

Jack Whitehall
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England

A popular English comedian, actor, writer, and presenter, Jack Whitehall has hosted the BRIT Awards on multiple occasions. He has also performed stand up comedy at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Apart from playing important roles in Bad Education and The Bad Education Movie, he also co-wrote the projects. Whitehall has established an impressive career despite dropping out of college.

 6 Rowan Atkinson

Rowan Atkinson
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Famous As: Actor & Comedian
Birthdate: January 6, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Consett, County Durham, England

British comedian and actor Rowan Atkinson has entertained audience globally with his brilliant performance as the eponymous character in the Mr. Bean series and its film adaptations. Earlier, he established himself as a fine comedy actor with Blackadder and then went on to work in movies like Never Say Never Again, The Witches and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

 7 Noel Fielding

Noel Fielding
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: City of Westminster, London, England

Well-known for his use of black comedy and surreal humor, Noel Fielding is an English comedian, musician, writer, and actor. He co-created a television program called The Mighty Boosh, which has gained a cult fan following. Also an artist, Noel Fielding has exhibited many of his paintings in London.

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 8 Jimmy Carr

Jimmy Carr
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Famous As: Actor, Comedian, Television presenter
Birthdate: September 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

Jimmy Carr is one of the biggest selling live comedians of Britain. The award-winning performer is best known for shows such as 8 Out of 10 Cats and jokes about everything from politics to sex. He has gained fame for his signature deadpan delivery, his high-pitched laughter, and his dark humor.

 9 James Acaster

James Acaster
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: January 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kettering, Northamptonshire, England

English comedian James Acaster is best known for his shows such as The Island and We the Jury. While he initially studied music and played drums for various bands, Acaster found fame with stand-up comedy. He has penned bestsellers such as James Acaster's Classic Scrapes and also has a Netflix special.

 10 Michael McIntyre

Michael McIntyre
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: February 21, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England

Comedian, writer, and presenter Michael McIntyre is best known for his popular shows Michael McIntyre's Big Show and Michael McIntyre's The Wheel. Born to a comedian father, he was destined to follow in his father’s footsteps. He is also known for his energetic and restless appearance during his performances.

 11 Sara Pascoe

Sara Pascoe
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dagenham, London, England

Born to musician Derek Pascoe, comedian Sara Pascoe was raised by her mother amid poverty after her parents’ divorce. Initially a tour guide, she later stepped into comedy and never looked back. She is known for shows such as 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and Twenty Twelve.

 12 Alan Davies

Alan Davies
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: March 6, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Loughton
Stand-up comedian Alan Davies is known for playing the titular role in the series Jonathan Creek. He has also been a panelist on the BBC panel show QI. Named Time Out's Best Young Comic in 1991, he has also been part of radio shows such as Alan's Big One.

 13 Leigh Francis

Leigh Francis
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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian, Actors
Birthdate: April 30, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beeston, Leeds, City of Leeds, United Kingdom

Creator of such popular comedy shows like Bo' Selecta!, Celebrity Juice and Keith Lemon's Very Brilliant World Tour, Leigh Izaak Francis is an English comedian-actor, specializing in character comedy, impressions, parody and sketch. Some of his other important works are Through the Keyhole and The Keith Lemon Sketch Show.

 14 Ade Edmondson

Ade Edmondson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 24, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bradford, England

 15 Romesh Ranganathan

Romesh Ranganathan
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: March 27, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Crawley, West Sussex, England
Known for his deadpan delivery and his BAFTA-winning shows The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan and The Ranganation, comedian Romesh Ranganathan has also authored a bestselling autobiography named Straight Outta Crawley. Born to Sri Lankan parents in England, he initially taught math. He suffers from lazy eye since childhood.

 16 Ken Dodd

Ken Dodd
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: November 8, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Knotty Ash, Liverpool, England
Died: March 11, 2018

Primarily known for his stand-up comedies, Ken Dodd was also a celebrated actor and singer. Working mainly as a solo comedian, he became noted for his rapid delivery of one liner jokes, often interspersed with songs. Over his long career spanning more than six decades, he had also appeared in numerous television productions and had released many hit albums.

 17 Lee Evans

Lee Evans
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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: February 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bristol, England

Known for his hit Roadrunner tour, English comedian Lee Evans has also appeared in movies such as The Fifth Element and There's Something About Mary. After gaining immense fame for his slapstick and physical humor, he retired in 2014. In 2021, he was spotted in public, riding a bicycle, after years.

 18 Bob Mortimer

Bob Mortimer
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 23, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Middlesbrough, Teesside, England, UK

Part of the Vic and Bob comedy act, with Vic Reeves, comedian Bob Mortimer previously worked as a solicitor. He has also gained fame with shows such as House of Fools and Bang, Bang, It's Reeves and Mortimer. Once a local football player, he was later plagued by rheumatoid arthritis.

 19 Jim Bowen

Jim Bowen
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: August 20, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Heswall, Cheshire, England, UK
Died: March 14, 2018

Comedian Jim Bowen is best remembered for appearing on the ITV game show Bullseye for over a decade. Born to an unwed mother, he was put up for adoption and ended up being adopted by a bricklayer. He grew up to be a PE teacher and later stepped into stand-up comedy.

 20 Simon Amstell

Simon Amstell
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: November 29, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gants Hill, Ilford, England

 21 Rhod Gilbert

Rhod Gilbert
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: October 18, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Carmarthen, Wales

Perrier Best Newcomer Award-nominated comedian Rhod Gilbert is also a writer and producer, known for his shows such as Rhod Gilbert vs. Kilimanjaro and Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience. Named to the list of the Top 50 Comedians by The Times, he is also an avid badminton player.

 22 Omid Djalili

Omid Djalili
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Famous As: Stand-up comedian, Actor, Voice actor, Comedian
Birthdate: September 30, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London

Born in London to Iranian parents, Omid Djalili got his first taste of success in stand-up comedy at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He has also been seen in the Netflix drama The Letter for the King and a number of movies such as Gladiator and The Mummy.

 23 Tim Vine

Tim Vine
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Famous As: Comedian, Actor, Writer
Birthdate: March 4, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cheam

Best known for his one-liners, comedian Tim Vine holds an unusual Guinness world record for telling the highest number of jokes in an hour. He is also a talented musician and often sings comedy songs in his acts. He is also known for shows such as The Sketch Show.

 24 Shappi Khorsandi

Shappi Khorsandi
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: November 30, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

 25 Jim Davidson

Jim Davidson
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: December 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Blackheath, London, England, UK

Popular host of shows such as The Generation Game and Big Break, comedian Jim Davidson has often been dragged into controversies for his jokes. A YouTube rant posted by him on the George Floyd issue caused social-media users to call for a ban on him. He has been married five times.

 26 Jack Dee

Jack Dee
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Famous As: Stand-Up Comedian & Actor
Birthdate: September 24, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bromley

Jack Dee is an English stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. He is best known for writing and starring in the sitcom Lead Balloon. He is famous for his sarcasm, irony, and deadpan humor. He began a career in the entertainment industry despite his mother’s protests. He performs live comedy and also appears in TV shows and films.

 27 Tom Rosenthal

Tom Rosenthal
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: January 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England, UK

 28 Bernard Manning

Bernard Manning
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: August 13, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ancoats, Manchester, England
Died: June 18, 2007

 29 Jo Enright

Jo Enright
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Famous As: comedian
Birthdate: 1968 AD
Birthplace: Birmingham

 30 Prince Abdi

Prince Abdi
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Millwall, London, England

 31 Ken Goodwin

Ken Goodwin
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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: April 7, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manchester, Lancashire, England
Died: February 18, 2012