Who is David Mitchell (Comedian)?
David James Stuart Mitchell is an English comedian, actor, writer and TV presenter. Along with fellow comedian Robert Webb, he is known for his work in the sitcom ‘Peep Show,’ in which he plays Mark Corrigan. For his work in the show, he won the British Academy Television Award. Mitchell was born in Salisbury, England. Before his career in comedy, he worked at the Lyric Hammersmith theatre. His first works in TV include shows such as ‘The Jack Docherty Show’ and ‘Comedy Nation’. He reached the peak of his career after he started playing the lead role in the sitcom ‘Peep Show’, which began airing in 2003. The series won several awards, including ‘Rose d’Or’ for Best European Sitcom and the British Academy Television Award for Best Comedy Performance. He has also acted in a few movies. He made his cinematic debut in the comedy film ‘Magicians’, where he had the lead role. He recently appeared in the satirical film ‘Greed’. He also participates frequently in TV panel shows and appears in radio shows.
Childhood & Early Life
David Mitchell was born on 14 July 1974, in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, to Ian Douglas Mitchell and Kathryn Grey Mitchell. He is the older of two sons.
Both his parents worked as hotel managers. Later, they gave up their jobs to give lectures in hotel management instead. A few years later, the family moved to Oxford, and his parents became lecturers at Oxford Brookes University.
Mitchell attended Napier House Primary School and later New College School. At the age of thirteen, he shifted to Abingdon School, where he turned his attention to debate and drama.
He pursued his higher studies from Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he studied modern history. It was during his first year at university that he met his future partner, Robert Webb.
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Before beginning his career in comedy, David Mitchell worked as an usher at the Lyric Hammersmith theatre and in the cloakroom of TFI Friday. He soon began performing shows at the Edinburgh Fringe with Robert Webb.
Due to their brilliant performances, Mitchell and Webb were given the chance to write for the second season of the TV show ‘Big Train’. They also had minor work in ‘The Jack Docherty Show’ and ‘Comedy Nation’.
Mitchell and Webb were commissioned for a sketch show of their own in 2001. Titled ‘The Mitchell and Webb Situation’, it ran for six episodes. In 2003, their popularity reached new heights after they were cast in the lead roles in ‘Peep Show’, where they played flat-mates Mark Corrigan and Jeremy Usbourne.
’Peep Show,’ which started airing in 2003, ran till 2015. The series earned critical acclaim, and Mitchell won the BAFTA Television Award in 2009 for Best Comedy Performance. The show won the Rose d’Or for ‘Best European Sitcom’ in 2004.
From 2006 to 2010, he starred in the series ‘That Mitchell and Webb Look’, which won the BAFTA Award for Best Comedy Programme.
Mitchell made his film debut in 2007 with a lead role in the British comedy film ‘Magicians’. The film was directed by Andrew O’Connor. Its reviews were mostly mixed. The same year, he appeared in another movie ‘I Could Never Be Your Woman’. It was a commercial disaster.
He also played guest roles in TV shows such as ‘Phineas and Ferb’, ‘How TV Ruined Your Life’, and ‘The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff’. In 2013, he played the leading role in the three-part comedy series ‘Ambassadors’. In 2015, he had the role of a policeman in the comedy film ‘Friday Download: The Movie’. The film was directed by John Henderson.
In 2016, he started playing the lead role in the sitcom ‘Upstart Crow’. The show has received positive reviews.
In 2017, he started playing the lead role of Stephen Richard in another sitcom ‘Back’. The series received mostly positive reviews. The same year, he had a supporting role in the action comedy film ‘Gun Shy’.
His most recent work on the big screen is the 2019 satirical film ‘Greed’, where he had a lead role. It was directed by Michael Winterbottom.
David Mitchell’s most significant work is undoubtedly the sitcom ‘Peep Show’. It aired between 2003 and 2015. It earned critical acclaim and won several awards. Mitchell’s role of Mark Corrigan, a socially awkward and despondent loan manager, was much appreciated. In 2019, the show was named the 13th greatest British sitcom in a poll by Radio Times.
Another one of his important works is ‘Ambassadors,’ a three-part series which aired in 2013. He portrayed Keith Davis, the British Ambassador to Tazbekistan. The three episodes aired between October and November 2013. It was met with mostly positive reviews.
Family & Personal Life
David Mitchell began dating broadcaster Victoria Coren in 2010, and in 2012, their engagement was announced. They eventually got married on 17th November 2012. In May 2015, the couple announced the birth of their daughter, Barbara.