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Griff Rhys Jones

Biography

English comedian starred in the sketch show Not the 9 O’Clock Information and Alas Smith and Jones. He analyzed history and British at Emmanuel University. He received two Laurence Olivier Honours Best Comedy Overall performance Honours for Charley’s Aunt and Complete Turkey. He offers two kids with longtime wife Jo Jones. He previously a supporting part reverse Martin Clunes in the 1994 humor Staggered.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth November 16, 1953
Place Of Birth England
Height 1.73 m
Profession TV Actor
Education Brentwood School, Essex, Emmanuel College, Cambridge, University of Cambridge
Nationality British
Spouse Jo Jones
Parents Gwyneth Margaret Jones, Elwyn Jones
Awards Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance, British Comedy Award for Best British Entertainment Performer, British Comedy Award for Best British Film Actor
Nominations British Academy Television Award for Best Single Drama, WhatsOnStage Award for Best Takeover in a Role
Movies Morons from Outer Space, Wilt, As You Like It, The Adventures of Pinocchio, Up 'n' Under, Small Miracles, Puckoon, Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, A Poet in New York, Murder on the Blackpool Express, Riot at the Rite, Love Somehow
TV Shows Alas Smith and Jones, Not the Nine O'Clock News, Rivers with Griff Rhys Jones, Greatest Cities of the World with Griff Rhys Jones, Britain's Lost Routes with Griff Rhys Jones, It'll Be Alright on the Night, The Smith & Jones Sketchbook, Three Men in a Boat, Mountain, Mine All Mine, Restoration, The World According To Smith And Jones, Funnybones, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Demob, Porterhouse Blue, A Short History of Everything Else, Great West End Theatres, Comic Relief
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#Fact
1 Mother Gwyneth, father Elwyn Rhys Jones.
2 He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1994 (1993 season) for Best Comedy Performance for his performance in "An Absolute Turkey".
3 He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1984 (1983 season) for Best Comedy Performance in "Charley's Aunt".
4 Was a member of the prestigious Cambridge University Footlights Club, and, later, the Vice-President of the Footlights Club.
5 Attended Cambridge University in England, UK


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Screen One 1991 TV Series Patrick
The Misadventures of Mr. Wilt 1990 Henry Wilt
Rita Rudner 1990 TV Series
The Whole Hog 1989 TV Movie Maurice
Smith and Jones in Small Doses 1989 TV Series Rev. Andrew Pennycuick / Boswell / Colin / ...
The Play on One 1989 TV Series Harry Clark
Jake's Journey 1988 TV Movie Innkeeper
The World According to Smith & Jones 1987-1988 TV Series Griff
The Home-Made Xmas Video 1987 TV Movie Dad
Porterhouse Blue 1987 TV Mini-Series Cornelius Carrington
Aikuisten Suomi 1987 Video short Reporter
Morons from Outer Space 1985 Graham Sweetley
Weekend Playhouse 1984 TV Series Michael
The Young Ones 1984 TV Series Bambi
Two Foolish Men 1983 Short
Not the Nine O'Clock News 1979-1982 TV Series Various Roles
Love Somehow 2016 Short completed Dylan Thomas (voice)
Ordinary Lies 2016 TV Series Patrick
It'll Be Alright on the Night 40 2016 TV Movie
Under Milk Wood 2014 TV Movie Voice (voice)
The Heart of Thomas Hardy 2008 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
Riot at the Rite 2005 TV Movie Gabriel Astruc
Agatha Christie's Marple 2004 TV Series Dr. David Quimper
Mine All Mine 2004 TV Series Max Vivaldi
The All Star Comedy Show 2004 TV Movie Various Roles
Puckoon 2002 Col. Stokes
Casualty 2002 TV Series Paul Fuller
Aladdin 2000 TV Movie Emperor
Taliesin Jones 2000 Principal Caesar
Jonathan Creek 1999 TV Series Jeremy Sangster
Jack and the Beanstalk 1998 TV Movie Baron Wasteland
Alas Smith & Jones 1984-1998 TV Series Various Roles
Up 'n' Under 1998 Ray Mason, Radio York commentator
The Adventures of Pinocchio 1996 Video Game Tino
The Adventures of Pinocchio 1996 Tino
Sardines 1995 TV Movie Davy Kotowski
Monty the Dog 1995 TV Series Narrator
Staggered 1994 Graham
Demob 1993 TV Series Ian Deasey
Funnybones 1992 TV Series Voices
As You Like It 1992 Touchstone
Tales from the Poop Deck 1992 TV Series Narrator

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
It'll Be Alright on the Night 40 2016 TV Movie
It'll Be Alright on the Night 39 2015 TV Movie
Quizeum 2015 TV Movie
A Short History of Everything Else 2012 TV Series written by - 4 episodes
Greatest Cities of the World 2008-2010 TV Series documentary written by - 6 episodes
Losing It: Griff Rhys Jones on Anger 2008 TV Movie documentary
Charles Dickens & the Invention of Christmas 2007 TV Movie documentary written by
The Smith and Jones Sketchbook 2006 TV Series
The Secret Life of Arthur Ransome 2005 TV Movie documentary
Smith & Jones: One Night Stand 1994 Video written by
Smith and Jones in Small Doses 1989 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Morons from Outer Space 1985
Alas Smith & Jones 1984 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Not the Nine O'Clock News 1979 TV Series writer

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Griff's Great Britain 2016 TV Series documentary executive producer - 2 episodes
A Poet in New York 2014 TV Movie executive producer
A Great Welsh Adventure with Griff Rhys Jones 2014 TV Series documentary executive producer - 5 episodes
Greatest Cities of the World 2010 TV Series documentary executive producer - 1 episode
Charles Dickens & the Invention of Christmas 2007 TV Movie documentary executive producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Aladdin 2000 TV Movie performer: "Having a Ball"
Demob 1993 TV Series performer - 5 episodes

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story 2009 Documentary thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Griff's Great Britain 2016 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
It'll Be Alright on the Night 39 2015 TV Movie Himself - Presenter
Slow Train Through Africa 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - presenter
The One Show 2007-2015 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Quizeum 2015 TV Movie Himself - Presenter
National Treasures of Wales 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
It'll Be Alright on the Night 2 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
A Great Welsh Adventure with Griff Rhys Jones 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
Loose Women 2006-2014 TV Series Himself
It'll Be Alright on the Night's Best of the Worst 2014 TV Movie Himself - Presenter
All New It'll Be Alright on the Night 2014: Part 3 2014 TV Movie Himself
Mel Smith: I've Sort of Done Things 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Gryff Rhys Jones)
Burma, My Father and the Forgotten Army 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
Would I Lie to You? 2013 TV Series Himself
Question Time 2012-2013 TV Series Himself
In Confidence 2013 TV Series documentary Himself - Guest
A Short History of Everything Else 2012 TV Series Himself - Presenter
Britain's Lost Routes with Griff Rhys Jones 2012 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Presenter
This Morning 2012 TV Series Himself
Tales of Television Centre 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself - Actor
Perspectives 2012 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
Great West End Theatres 2012 Documentary Himself
Three Men in a Boat: The Best Bits 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
The One Griff Rhys Jones 2012 TV Movie Himself
Three Men Go to New England 2011 TV Series Himself
Wogan on Wodehouse 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
Three Men Go to Venice 2011 TV Series Himself
Alexander Armstrong's Big Ask 2011 TV Series Himself
Fern 2011 TV Series Himself - Special Guest
24 Hour Panel People 2011 TV Mini-Series Himself
Hidden Treasures of... 2011 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Presenter
Three Men Go to Scotland 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Greatest Cities of the World 2008-2010 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
Breakfast 2003-2010 TV Series Himself / Himself - Actor
Three Men Go to Ireland 2009-2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Not Again: Not the Nine O'Clock News 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Alan Titchmarsh Show 2008-2009 TV Series Himself
The Paul O'Grady Show 2007-2009 TV Series Himself
Rivers with Griff Rhys Jones 2009 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
The Richard Dimbleby Lecture 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Three Men in More Than One Boat 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
The National Television Awards 2008 2008 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Losing It: Griff Rhys Jones on Anger 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
It'll Be Alright on the Night 2008 TV Movie Himself - Presenter
The Comedy Map of Britain 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Auntie's War on Smut 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself - Narrator (voice)
Identity Crisis 2008 TV Special documentary Himself
Graham Linehan: Funny Business 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself - Interviewee
Three Men in Another Boat 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Charles Dickens & the Invention of Christmas 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
Who Do You Think You Are? 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Mountain 2007 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
Saturday Kitchen 2007 TV Series Himself
8 Out of 10 Cats 2006-2007 TV Series Himself
Annually Retentive 2007 TV Series Himself
Deadline 2007 TV Series Himself
A Taste of My Life 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Comedy Connections 2005-2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Mouse: A Secret Life 2007 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
Kipling: A Remembrance Tale 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
The Bigger Picture 2005-2006 TV Series Himself
The Sharon Osbourne Show 2006 TV Series Himself
Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Betjeman and Me: Griff Rhys Jones 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
Richard & Judy 2004-2006 TV Series Himself
The Smith and Jones Sketchbook 2006 TV Series Himself - Presenter / Various Characters
Mark Lawson Talks to... 2006 TV Series Himself
Wogan Now & Then 2006 TV Series Himself
Three Men in a Boat 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
The Secret Life of Arthur Ransome 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
Final Chance to Save: Black Rhino's with Griff Rhys Jones 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Sport at Heart 2005 Short Himself
This Week 2005 TV Series Himself
Page Turners 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Britain's 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Apprentice 2005 TV Series Himself
Comic Relief: Red Nose Night Live 05 2005 TV Special Himself
Going to Work Naked 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself - Narrator (voice)
Tubridy Tonight 2005 TV Series Himself
Behind the Scenes: Agatha Christie's Marple 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
GMTV 2004 TV Series Himself
The Daily Politics 2004 TV Series Himself
Points of View 2004 TV Series documentary Himself - Guest Presenter
Have I Got News for You 1992-2004 TV Series Himself
Kelly 2004 TV Series Himself
Happy Birthday BBC Two 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 2003 TV Series Himself
Restoration 2003 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter / Himself / Himself- Presenter
The Terry and Gaby Show 2003 TV Series Himself
God Almighty 2003 TV Series Himself
Heroes of Comedy 1999-2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Reputations 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
You Only Live Once 2001 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Sketch Show Story 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Omnibus 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Breakfast with Frost 2001 TV Series Himself
Clive Anderson Now 2001 TV Series Himself
Legends 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
The 100 Greatest TV Ads 2000 TV Special Himself / Holston Pils Man
Parkinson 2000 TV Series Himself
'The League of Gentlemen': Behind the Scenes 2000 TV Short documentary Narrator (voice, as Griff Rhys-Jones)
Clarkson 1999 TV Series Himself
Ruby 1999 TV Series Himself
The Not the Nine O'Clock News Story 1999 TV Special short Himself
HARDtalk 1999 TV Series Himself
Comic Relief: The Record Breaker 1999 TV Special Himself
The Book Quiz 1998 TV Short Himself
Live from the Lighthouse 1998 TV Special Himself
Crystal Balls 1998 TV Short documentary Himself - Presenter
An Awfully Big Adventure 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Light Lunch 1997 TV Series Himself
An Audience with Elton John 1997 TV Special Himself - Audience Member (uncredited)
TFI Friday 1997 TV Series Himself
Auntie's TV Favourites 1997 TV Series Himself - Special Guest
The Nose at Ten 1996 TV Series Himself
Shooting Stars 1996 TV Series Himself
Clive Anderson All Talk 1996 TV Series Himself
Comic Relief: Behind the Nose 1995 TV Special Himself
The Bookworm 1994 TV Series Himself - Presenter
Smith & Jones: One Night Stand 1994 Video Himself
Clive Anderson Talks Back 1990-1994 TV Series Himself
Q.E.D. 1993 TV Series documentary Himself - Narrator
Comic Relief: The Invasion of the Comic Tomatoes 1993 TV Special Himself
The Royal Variety Performance 1992 1992 TV Movie Himself
Wogan 1991-1992 TV Series Himself
Comic Relief: Behind the Nose 1992 TV Movie Himself / Jeff Tracy
Amnesty International's Big 30 1991 TV Movie Himself
Comic Relief 1991 TV Special Himself
Saturday Night Clive 1990 TV Series Himself
Whose Line Is It Anyway? 1988-1989 TV Series Himself
Jackanory 1989 TV Series Himself
A Night of Comic Relief 2 1989 TV Special Himself
Aspel & Company 1987-1988 TV Series Himself
Comic Relief 1988 TV Special Himself
The Grand Knockout Tournament 1987 TV Special Himself
Comedians Do It on Stage 1986 TV Movie Himself
Live Aid 1985 TV Special documentary Himself
Who Dares Wins 1984 TV Series Himself
Alas Smith & Jones 1984 TV Series Himself
Sunday, Sunday 1983 TV Series Himself
The Secret Policeman's Other Ball 1982 Documentary Himself / Various Roles
Fundamental Frolics 1981 Himself
Saturday Night at the Mill 1981 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Many Faces of... 2011-2016 TV Series documentary Comedy Sketch Role / Ian Deasey
Timeshift 2014 TV Series documentary Himself - Not the Nine O'Clock News, 1980
Britain's Best Loved Double Acts 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself - Double Act
Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure: Otway the Movie 2013 Documentary Himself
My Favourite Joke 2011 TV Series Bambi
Country Tracks 2011 TV Series Himself
University Challenge: The Story So Far 2006 TV Movie documentary Bambi (uncredited)
The Story of Light Entertainment 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary Various
Have I Got News for You: The Best of the Guest Presenters - Volume 2 2005 Video Himself
Room 101 2005 TV Series Himself
The Very Best of 'Have I Got News for You' 2002 Video Himself
Night of a Thousand Faces 2001 TV Special Various
Match of the Eighties 1997 TV Series Himself
The Story of Bean 1997 TV Special documentary Various Roles (uncredited)
Match of the Seventies 1996 TV Series Himself
Peter Cushing: A One-Way Ticket to Hollywood 1989 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Old Grey Whistle Test 1985 TV Series advert
- Episode dated 1 October 1985 1985 ... advert

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1987 ACE CableACE Awards Writing a Comedy Series Alas Smith & Jones (1984) · Mel Smith (writer)
· Rory McGrath (writer)
· Colin Bostock-Smith (writer)
· Jimmy Mulville (writer)
· Lesley Byrn (writer)
· Andy Hamilton (writer)
· Susan Clark (writer)
· John Hadleigh (writer)
· William Pointer (writer)
· Guy Jenkin (writer)
· Jim Pullin (writer)
· Martin Bergman (writer)


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1 I have been shamelessly wearing my wife's underwear. It is only a pair of ski-wear thermal leggings and hopelessly unerotic.


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