Blake Harrison is an English actor and director, who became famous after portraying Neil Sutherland in the BAFTA-winning E4 comedy show ‘The Inbetweeners’. He is also known for his performances in films like ‘The Inbetweeners Movie’, ‘The Inbetweeners 2’, and ‘Dad's Army’, and TV shows like ‘The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret’, ‘Edge of Heaven’, and ‘Prime Suspect 1973’. Since 2015, he has been serving as the voice of Scoop on the CGI animated children series ‘Bob the Builder’. A native of London, Blake Harrison developed an interest in performing quite early in his life. He studied at the Brit School and later at the East 15 Acting School. In 2008, he made his small screen debut in the second episode of ‘The Inbetweeners’. He made his movie debut in 2010 with the comedy-drama ‘Reuniting the Rubins’. In 2018, he directed and acted in the award-winning comedy short ‘Hooves of Clay’. He has also been prominently active on stage, portraying various roles in the productions of plays like ‘End of the Pier’, ‘Step 9 of 12’, and ‘The Accidental Lives of Memories’.
Blake Harrison came to limelight in 2008 with his performance in British coming-of-age sitcom television series ‘The Inbetweeners’. During the early rounds of audition for ‘The Inbetweeners’, he was focused on landing the role of the hopeless romantic Simon Cooper because he believed the character to be close to his real-life personality. However, he was eventually cast as Neil Sutherland, the dim-witted, gentle, and gullible member of the group. The show ran for three seasons between May 1, 2008, and October 18, 2010. Harrison reprised his role in two cinematic sequels, ‘The Inbetweeners Movie’ (2011) and ‘The Inbetweeners 2’ (2014)
In 2008, Blake Harrison also appeared in two episodes of the police procedural drama series ‘The Bill’. He made his movie debut in Yoav Factor’s 2010 film ‘Reuniting the Rubins’. In the same year, he also appeared in the comedy series ‘Schizo Samurai Shitzu’. Between 2010 and 2016, he played the recurring character of Dave Mountford in 17 episodes of ‘The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret’. Thereafter, he was seen in the BBC Three series ‘Way to Go’ (2013), Comedy Central sitcom ‘Big Bad World’ (2013), and ITV sitcom ‘Edge of Heaven’ (2014).
In 2012, he debuted on West End in Trafalgar Studios’ production of ‘Step 9 of 12’. His character, Keith, a recovering alcoholic, has to make amends with people he had hurt while he was drinking as part of the Alcoholic Anonymous program. According to Harrison, he drew on personal experience with addicts to portray the character. In 2018, he performed in a production of ‘End of the Pier’ at the Park Theatre in West End, London. He has also acted in the White Bear Theatre’s ‘The Accidental Lives of Memories’.
Since 2015, he has lent his voice to Scoop, a yellow backhoe digger and the leader of Bob’s machines, on Channel 5’s ‘Bob the Builder’. In ITV’s crime-drama series ‘Prime Suspect 1973’ (2017), he worked with Stefanie Martini and Sam Reid. Harrison played Jodie Whittaker’s former husband in the first series of the BBC One show ‘Trust Me’. In 2018, he shared screen space with Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw in the BBC One miniseries ‘A Very English Scandal’.
In 2018, Blake Harrison made his directorial debut with the comedy short ‘Hooves of Clay’. He also acted in the film, portraying the male lead, Guy. The film won the NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Award for Best Short Comedy, Foreign.
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Family & Personal Life
Blake Harrison was born on July 22, 1985, in Peckham, London, England. He did not have an easy childhood. Hailing from a working-class background, he had to endure snide remarks and derision from friends and family for his love of singing and dancing.
Harrison briefly worked as a workhouse boy in the West End musical ‘Oliver!’ In 2003, he began attending the Brit School. With the aspirations of performing in musical theatre, he picked drama and dance as his subjects. In 2007, he enrolled at the East 15 Acting School.
Blake Harrison started dating publicist, Kerry Ann Lynch, sometime in 2011. The couple exchanged wedding vows at a luxurious resort in Mauritius in the summer of 2016. They have two children together, a daughter and a son.