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Bill Bailey

Biography

English comedian who’s most widely known for his role in Dark Books as well as for his appearances about Never Brain the Buzzcocks, Have got I Got Information for you personally and QI. In 2013 he created a two-part documentary, Expenses Bailey’s Jungle Hero. He was the first choice of his senior high school music group called NOWADAYS. He later analyzed British at Westfield University for a 12 months. He made Route 4’s 2007 and 2010 100 Greatest Stand-Ups lists as #7 7. He wedded Kristin Bailey in 1998 as well as the few had a child in 2003. His dad was a physician and his mom was a medical center ward sister. He was within the film Nanny McPhee as well as the Big Bang, which starred Emma Thompson.

Quick Facts


Full Name Bill Bailey
Date Of Birth January 13, 1965
Place Of Birth Bath, England
Height 1.69 m
Profession Comedian
Education London College of Music, King Edward's School, Bath, Westfield College
Nationality English, British
Spouse Kristin Bailey
Children Dax Bailey
Awards British Comedy Award for the Best Live Stand-Up
Nominations Kerrang! Award for Best Comedian
Movies Saving Grace, Terkel in Trouble, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Hot Fuzz, Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, Burke & Hare, Chalet Girl, Pythagasaurus, Lust on the Prairie, The Trouble With Terkel, Love Song
TV Shows Black Books, QI, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Is It Bill Bailey?, Space Cadets, Comic's Choice, Wild West, The Nightmare Years, Bill Bailey's Birdwatching Bonanza, Wild Thing: I Love You, Head on Comedy, Bill Bailey Part Troll, Bill Bailey Dandelion Mind, Channel 4's Comedy Gala, Back Books
Star Sign Capricorn

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#Fact
1He is a fan of progressive rock (he was chosen to present Channel 4's countdown of the top ten progressive rock bands) and heavy metal (he loves Motörhead). He presented Peter Gabriel with the "Prog God" award at the 2014 Progressive Music Awards.
2An only child.
3Lives in Hammersmith in London (2009).
4In March 2009, Bailey was banned from driving for six months after being caught driving at 40 mph in an area with a 30 mph limit. The incident happened at Doubletrees in Cornwall.
5An avid Star Trek fan, he named his son (born 2003) after the Star Trek: Deep Space 9 character Dax and often refers to himself as a Klingon. He once claimed during his "Part Troll" tour that his ear-mounted microphone made him resemble "a wizard in a call center" and "a Klingon motivational speaker".
6Auditioned for the role of Gimli (The Dwarf) in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).
7Accomplished musician - able to play piano, guitar, keyboards, and more.
8Perrier Award for Comedy Nominee, Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Bill was shortlisted and was the media favourite to win. The award went to Dylan Moran, but Bill came "second", in the closest vote in their history.
9Best French Actor - Institut Francais awards, UK
10"Time Out" Magazine Comedy Award Winner
11Edinburgh Festival Critics' Award Winner


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Love Song2015Short
It's Kevin2013TV SeriesVarious
Threesome2012TV SeriesMr. Scrutton
Hustle2009-2012TV SeriesCyclops
Doctor Who2011TV SeriesDroxil
Pythagasaurus2011ShortIg
Chalet Girl2011Bill
Little Crackers2010TV SeriesBill
Burke and Hare2010Hangman
Nanny McPhee Returns2010Farmer Macreadie
Love Soup2008TV SeriesElliot Anderson
Skins2008TV SeriesWalter Oliver
Hot Fuzz2007Sergeant Turner
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006TV SeriesNASA scientist Bill Bailey
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy2005The Whale (voice)
Black Books2000-2004TV SeriesManny
Wild West2002-2004TV SeriesDoug
Terkel i knibe2004The Narrator (English version, voice)
15 Storeys High2004TV SeriesMr. Pirbright
Jonathan Creek2001-2003TV SeriesKenny Starkiss
Spaced1999-2001TV SeriesBilbo Bagshot
Saving Grace2000Vince
The Stick Up1999ShortMr. Tubbs
My Wife1999ShortTV commentary (voice)
Brass Eye1997TV SeriesFr. Pierre Runek / Eyewitness
Asylum1996TV SeriesPatient
Blue Heaven1994TV SeriesBoris
Tygo Road1990TV SeriesSpinnij

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Love Song2015Short writer
Bill Bailey: Qualmpeddler2013Video
Bill Bailey's Jungle Hero2013TV Mini-Series documentary written by - 2 episodes
Comic's Choice2011TV Series
Little Crackers2010TV Series written by - 1 episode
Bill Bailey: Dandelion Mind2010Documentary
Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra2009TV Movie written by
Bill Bailey: Tinselworm2008Video documentary written by
Bill Bailey: Part Troll2004Video documentary
15 Storeys High2004TV Series additional material - 1 episode
Bill Bailey: Bewilderness2001Video documentary
Is It Bill Bailey?1998TV Series writer - 6 episodes
Bill Bailey: Bill Bailey Live1997TV Special documentary
Asylum1996TV Series written by - 1 episode

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Comic's Choice2011TV Series opening titles theme
Bill Bailey: Tinselworm2008Video documentary
Bill Bailey: Part Troll2004Video documentary
Bill Bailey: Bewilderness2001Video documentary
Is It Bill Bailey?1998TV Series 6 episodes
Bill Bailey: Bill Bailey Live1997TV Special documentary

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bill Bailey: Part Troll2004Video documentary performer: "I Will Not Look at Titties for a Year", "How Can I Feel Pain?", "Text Song", "Stairway to Heaven", "Rebel Rebel", "Cousin in Red", "Love Song", "The Scale of Evil", "New National Anthem", "Drum 'N' Bush", "BBC News Theme", "Ein Mal, Svein Mal, Drein Mal Una Dame", "Das Hokey Kokey" / writer: "I Will Not Look at Titties for a Year", "How Can I Feel Pain?", "Text Song", "Love Song", "The Scale of Evil", "New National Anthem", "Drum 'N' Bush", "BBC News Theme", "Ein Ma
Black Books2000-2002TV Series performer - 2 episodes

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Love Song2015Short co-director
Little Crackers2010TV Series co-director - 1 episode

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bill Bailey's Jungle Hero2013TV Mini-Series documentary composer - 2 episodes

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra2009TV Movie executive producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
QI2003-2016TV SeriesHimself
Would I Lie to You?2015TV SeriesHimself
Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled2014-2015TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
The Graham Norton Show2009-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Loose Women2010-2015TV SeriesHimself
Julia Zemiro's Home Delivery2014TV Series documentaryHimself
8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown2014TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest
SEVEN DIGITAL DEADLY SINS: SLOTH by BILL BAILEY2014Video documentary shortHimself
50 Years of BBC2 Comedy2014TV Movie documentary
The Comedy Vaults: BBC2's Hidden Treasure2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Live at Edinburgh Castle2014TV MovieHimself
This Morning2013TV SeriesHimself
Bill Bailey: Qualmpeddler2013VideoHimself - Host
Bill Bailey's Jungle Hero2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
The Royal Variety Performance 20122012TV MovieHimself - Performer
Evidently... John Cooper Clarke2012DocumentaryHimself - Comedian
The One Show2008-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
QI Genesis2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself - Comedian
The Rob Brydon Show2011TV SeriesHimself
Chelsea Flower Show2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Have I Got News for You1999-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest Presenter / Himself
Breakfast2010-2011TV SeriesHimself - Comedian and Actor / Himself - Comedian
Comic's Choice2011TV SeriesHimself - Presenter
Bill Bailey: Dandelion Mind2010DocumentaryHimself
A Quiet Word with...2010TV SeriesHimself
Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation2010TV SeriesHimself
The 7PM Project2010TV SeriesHimself
Top Gear2004-2010TV SeriesHimself
Channel 4's Comedy Gala2010TV MovieHimself
Live from Studio Five2010TV SeriesHimself
Bill Bailey's Birdwatching Bonanza2010TV SeriesHimself - Host
Xposé2009TV SeriesHimself
Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra2009TV MovieHimself
Bill Bailey: Tinselworm2008Video documentaryHimself
Blackadder's Most Cunning Moments2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Blackadder Exclusive: The Whole Rotten Saga2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
This Week2008TV SeriesHimself
The Story of the Guitar2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Rove Live2002-2008TV SeriesHimself
Have I Got News for You: The Inevitable Internet Spin-Off2007-2008TV Series shortHimself - Guest Presenter
My Favourite Place2008TV Series documentaryHimself
The Beatbox Choir2008DocumentaryHimself
Never Mind the Buzzcocks1998-2008TV SeriesHimself - Team Captain / Himself / Himself - Special Guest
Richard & Judy2004-2008TV SeriesHimself
More Dawn French's Boys Who Do Comedy2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Imagine2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2003-2007TV SeriesHimself
The Comedy Map of Britain2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Dawn French's Boys Who Do Comedy2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Wild Thing: I Love You2006TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
TV Heaven, Telly Hell2006TV SeriesHimself
Don't Crash: The Documentary of the Making of the Movie of the Book of the Radio Series of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'2005Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Spicks and Specks2005TV SeriesHimself
The Glass House2005TV SeriesHimself
Comic Aid2005TV MovieHimself - Performer
Bill Bailey: Part Troll2004Video documentaryHimself
Skip to the End2004Video documentaryHimself
NME Carling Awards 20032003TV SpecialHimself - Host
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2002TV SeriesHimself
Bill Bailey: Bewilderness2001Video documentaryHimself
Top Ten2001TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Clive Anderson Now2001TV SeriesHimself
Room 1012000TV SeriesHimself
Head on Comedy2000TV SeriesHimself
World Cup Comedy1999TV SeriesHimself
Don't Stop Me Now1999TV MovieHimself
Television's Greatest Hits1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Is It Bill Bailey?1998TV SeriesHimself / Various
Light Lunch1998TV SeriesHimself
Bill Bailey: Bill Bailey Live1997TV Special documentaryHimself
Space Cadets1997TV SeriesHimself - Space Captain
Des O'Connor Tonight1996TV SeriesHimself
Peston on Sunday2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Natural World2016TV Series documentaryNarrator

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
QI2007-2015TV SeriesHimself
The Graham Norton Show2009-2013TV SeriesHimself
Have I Got News for You2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest Presenter
Top Gear2010TV SeriesHimself
The People vs. George Lucas2010DocumentaryHimself
Never Mind the Buzzcocks2008TV SeriesHimself
Buzzcocks... Imagine a Mildly Amusing Panel Show2007TV MovieHimself
100 Greatest Stand-Ups2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Full Mountie2000TV SeriesHimself

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#Quote
1[on Peter Gabriel] He is perhaps the most ambitious, influential and innovative musical wizard on the planet.
2[on Chris De Burgh] The monobrowed, nanny-shagging toss-monger who's inflicted his sentimental mewlings on a reluctant nation!
3[on Chris De Burgh] The monobrowed purveyor of ultimate filth.
4You know that band, U2, right? They've basically got this one sound, haven't they? The Edge - yeah, right. Without these effects, they're nothing, right? This is all effects. Even a troll-like figure could recreate them.
5[on Phil Collins's "Another Day in Paradise"] Sanctimonious little tosser.
6Most of the instruments I play are fairly low-tech - ouds and sitars and guitars and keyboards, I pretty much know my way around them. But I have no idea how the Tenori-on works. I'm slightly in awe of it. I like the fact it's an instrument but also kind of a video installation-cum-lighting effect. It's all manner of things - I'm a bit scared of it.
7In the West End you can banter with the audience because it's more intimate. There's not much chance of intimacy with 60,000 people but there's much more call and response.
8I don't reject popular culture - I'm not the sort of grumpy old man who says: 'Well actually I switched off after 1982.' Good music is being made all the time; you just have to filter out the chaff. And there is a lot of chaff, unfortunately. The stuff I listen to doesn't get played on the radio. I really like the new Bon Iver album and I saw My Morning Jacket recently and they were great - languid and very soulful.
9Being a metal fan, I've put in loads of references to metal bands into my shows over the years. I'm getting a band together to kind of 'metal up' a lot of songs - there's a Rammstein element creeping into my Kraftwerk numbers. Rammstein are just an angry Kraftwerk. Kraftwerk look like a bunch of regional managers of a carpet warehouse being asked to perform some computer functions.
10I saw Motörhead in New York earlier this year and they were great - Lemmy's just so fantastically pissed off all the time.

#Trademark
1Long hair and Beard

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