Adrian Edmondson.

Adrian Edmondson

Adrian Edmondson is an English comedian, actor, musician and television presenter associated with the alternative comedy boom in the early 1980s. He is best known for his collaborations with Rik Mayall on the TV sitcoms The Young Ones (1982-1984) and Bottom (1991-1995).

Biography

Born in Bradford, Edmondson was educated at Pocklington School, Yorkshire and later at the University of Manchester, where he achieved a 2:1 in drama. Here he met his future comedy partner Rik Mayall, with whom he began a career in the burgeoning alternative comedy scene.

Soon after graduation, Edmondson and Mayall created a double act under the name 20th Century Coyote. As their star rose, they joined comedians such as Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, Alexei Sayle, and Nigel Planer in moving from the Comedy Store to The Comic Strip club. Throughout the 80s and 90s, Edmondson therefore formed part of The Comic Strip, a group of British comedians who came to prominence in the 1980s. Before they knew it, The Comic Strip had attracted a large following and came to the attention of then-new Channel 4, who offered the comedians a series of 6 self-contained half-hour films. One well-known sketch in this show was a scathing, grotesque parody of "Five Go Mad in Dorset", satirising Enid Blyton's beloved Famous Five novels. Memorable characters that he created for this show include the parody heavy metal band Bad News, in which Edmondson played the lead singer "Vim Fuego", and the nihilistic alter-ego Eddie Monsoon, an offensive TV star from South Africa. In 1985 he would feature as Dennis Carter in The Comic Strip's feature film The Supergrass.

Edmondson directed the episodes "Private Enterprise" and "More Bad News", and also took on the starring role in the Channel 4 one-off comedy teleplay The Magnificent One (1982).

Just as The Comic Strip Presents... was being negotiated with Channel 4, the BBC signed a contract with Edmonson and Mayall to make The Young Ones, a brash and irreverent sitcom made in a similar style. The show focused on four students living in a shared house, all of whom studied at Scumbag College. Noted for its often violent slapstick humour, the show would make household names of its writers and performers, and was voted number 31 in the BBC's Best Sitcom poll in 2004. It retains a cult following to this day. He also played Alun in Honest, Decent And True, an episode of Screen Two which is a one-off satire of the advertising industry.

Following their success, Edmondson and Mayall returned to their 'Coyote' dynamic in the double act "The Dangerous Brothers", in which Edmondson took on the role of "Sir Adrian Dangerous" in Saturday Live (1985-1987).

In [y[1985[/y] Edmondson married fellow Comic Strip actor Jennifer Saunders, with whom he has three daughters. He has since become a grandfather. In this same year he starred alongside his new wife in Happy Families, a comedy drama written by Ben Elton about the dysfunctional Fuddle family.

In 1987, Edmondson reunited with Planer and Mayall to star in Filthy Rich And Catflap, which functioned as a scathing spoof of the showbiz world. Written by Ben Elton once more, Edmondson played the role of "Edward Catflap", a vulgar and perennially drunk minder of light-entertainment has-been and nonentity "Richie Rich". Like his character Vyvyan in The Young Ones, he was forever engaged in quite violent slapstick, but this personality was slightly closer to later "Eddie Hitler" in the 90s sitcom Bottom. In the same year, 1987, Edmondson played alongside Mayall in yet another sitcom, Hardwicke House (ITV). However, audience reaction was fiercely negative, and ITV withdrew it from broadcast after only two episodes. The rest have never been shown publicly. In 1989 he appeared in an episode of Blackadder Goes Forth as The Red Baron, the nemesis to the famous character brought to life by Mayall, Lord Flashheart, and also starred as a down-on-his-luck aristocrat in the role-reversal Channel 4 comedy Snakes And Ladders.

In the 1990s, Mayall and Edmondson continued their fruitful partnership with a new series, began in 1991, called Bottom. Here Edmondson played one of two bored and unemployed flat-sharing bachelors who loathe each other with a deep-rooted vengeance. A film version of the show was released in 1999 entitled Guest House Paradiso. Here both characters attempt to run a hotel, but things go pear-shaped very quickly. This ran for three seasons and its live version travelled to great success all across the UK, with 5 long tours between 1993 and 2003, all shown on Dave in 2008.


In 1993 Edmondson starred alongside Richard Briers in the black comedy mini-series If You See God, Tell Him. Here he played Gordon Spry, whose uncle (Briers) is paralysed and cannot concentrate for long periods.

In 2008 Edmondson created his own sitcom for ITV entitled Teenage Kicks, which began life as a radio show for BBC Radio 2 and featured himself in the starring role of Vernon Heath.

After a lengthy and successful dramatic career - including a regular member of Holby City and Jonathan Creek - in 2018 Edmondson appeared as Sergeant Dogberry in an episode of Ben Elton's sitcom about Shakespeare, Upstart Crow, and also toured a play, "Vulcan 7", that he co-wrote with longtime collaborator and comic partner Nigel Planer.

When his best friend and comedic partner Mayall died in 2014, Edmondson carried his coffin at the funeral.

AKA
Ade Edmondson
Gender
Male
Nationality
England
Born
Thursday 24th January 1957 (62 years-old)

Family

Daughter
Beattie Edmondson

Known for

Credits

 
Year Production Role
2019 Harry Hill's Alien Fun Capsule - Series 3
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Self
2018 Upstart Crow - Series 3
  1. E4 - Sigh No More
Dogberry
2018 The Young Ones' 20 Greatest Moments Self
2018 How The Young Ones Changed Comedy Self
2018 Urban Myths: When Bowie Met Bolan (as Ade Edmondson) Leslie Conn
2018 Would I Lie To You? - Series 11 (as Ade Edmondson)
  1. Special - The Unseen Bits
  2. E7 - Episode Seven
Guest
2013 In Transit Cancelled Ade
2013 In Transit Cancelled Writer
2013 Hooligan's Island Cancelled Eddie
2013 Hooligan's Island Cancelled Writer
2012 The Comic Strip Presents... - Five Go To Rehab
  1. Five Go To Rehab
Dick
2012 The Bleak Old Shop Of Stuff Headmaster Wackville
2011 Ben Elton: Laughing At The 80s Self
2011 Jennifer Saunders: Laughing At The 90s Self
2010 Chain Reaction - Series 6 (as Ade Edmondson)
  1. E3 - Ade Edmondson interviews Ruby Wax
Host / Presenter
2010 Chain Reaction - Series 6 (as Ade Edmondson)
  1. E2 - Lee Mack interviews Ade Edmondson
Guest
2010 Pete And Dud: The Lost Sketches Ensemble Actor
2008 Teenage Kicks Vernon
2008 Teenage Kicks Writer
2008 Bottom Live 2003: Weapons Grade Y-Fronts Tour Eddie
2008 Bottom Live 2001: An Arse Oddity Eddie
2008 Bottom Live 3: Hooligan's Island Eddie
2008 Bottom Live: The Big Number Two Tour Eddie
2008 Bottom Live Eddie
2007 Teenage Kicks Actor
2007 Teenage Kicks Writer
2004 Doctors + Nurses Roy Glover
2003 Jonathan Creek - Series 4 Brendan Baxter
2000 The Comic Strip Presents... - Four Men In A Plane
  1. Four Men In A Plane
Ian Crisp
1999 Guest House Paradiso Eddie Ndingombaba
1998 Jack & The Beanstalk Dame Dolly
1998 The Comic Strip Presents... - Four Men In A Car
  1. Four Men In A Car
Ian Crisp
1995 Bottom - Series 3 Eddie Hitler
1995 Bottom - Series 3 Writer
1994 Absolutely Fabulous - Series 2
  1. E4 - New Best Friend
Hamish
1993 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 5
  1. E5 - Demonella
Sid Vicious
1993 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 5
  1. E4 - Gregory - Diary Of A Nutcase
Gregory Dawson
1993 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 5
  1. E2 - Space Virgins From Planet Sex
K
1993 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 5
  1. E2 - Space Virgins From Planet Sex
Air Traffic Controller
1992 Absolutely Fabulous - Series 1
  1. E5 - Magazine
Hamish
1992 Bottom - Series 2 Eddie Hitler
1992 Bottom - Series 2 Writer
1991 Bottom - Series 1 Eddie Hitler
1991 Bottom - Series 1 Writer
1990 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 4
  1. E4 - Oxford
2nd MI5 Man
1990 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 4
  1. E4 - Oxford
Fan
1990 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 4
  1. E3 - GLC - The Carnage Continues...
Billy
1990 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 4
  1. E3 - GLC - The Carnage Continues...
Prince
1990 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 4
  1. E3 - GLC - The Carnage Continues...
Giles Cricket Bat Portland
1990 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 4
  1. E2 - South Atlantic Raiders - Part 2
  2. E1 - South Atlantic Raiders - Part 1
Billy
1989 Snakes And Ladders Giles
1989 Blackadder - Blackadder Goes Forth
  1. E4 - Private Plane
Baron Von Richthoven
1988 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 3
  1. E4 - The Yob
Michael
1988 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 3
  1. E3 - Mr Jolly Lives Next Door
Dreamy Time Escort
1988 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 3
  1. E2 - More Bad News
Vim
1988 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 3
  1. E3 - Mr Jolly Lives Next Door
  2. E2 - More Bad News
Writer
1988 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 3
  1. E2 - More Bad News
Director
1988 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 3
  1. E1 - The Strike
Adrian
1988 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 3
  1. E1 - The Strike
Slim
1988 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 3
  1. E1 - The Strike
Policeman
1987 Hardwicke House
  1. E5 - Old Boys
Tiny
1987 Filthy Rich & Catflap Eddie Catflap
1986 The Comic Strip Presents... - 1986 Specials
  1. E2 - Private Enterprise
Brian
1986 The Comic Strip Presents... - 1986 Specials
  1. E2 - Private Enterprise
Writer
1986 The Comic Strip Presents... - 1986 Specials
  1. E2 - Private Enterprise
Director
1986 The Comic Strip Presents... - 1986 Specials
  1. E1 - Consuela
John
1986 Come Dancing With Jools Holland Crew
1986 Come Dancing With Jools Holland Actor
1985 Happy Families Guy Fuddle
1984 The Young Ones - Series 2 (as Ade Edmondson) Vyvyan
1984 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 2
  1. E6 - Slags
Ace
1984 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 2
  1. E5 - Eddie Monsoon - A Life?
Eddie Monsoon
1984 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 2
  1. E4 - Gino - Full Story And Pics
Gordon
1984 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 2
  1. E4 - Gino - Full Story And Pics
Bill
1984 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 2
  1. E3 - A Fistful Of Travellers' Cheques
Billy
1984 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 2
  1. E2 - Susie
Martin
1984 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 2
  1. E1 - Dirty Movie
Bean
1984 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 2
  1. E5 - Eddie Monsoon - A Life?
  2. E1 - Dirty Movie
Writer
1983 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 2
  1. Special - Five Go Mad On Mescalin
Dick
1983 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 1
  1. E4 - Summer School
Peter
1983 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 1
  1. E3 - Bad News Tour
Vim
1983 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 1
  1. E3 - Bad News Tour
Writer
1983 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 1
  1. E3 - Bad News Tour
Composer
1983 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 1
  1. E2 - The Beat Generation
Desmond
1983 The Comic Strip Presents... - Series 1 Various
1982 The Young Ones - Series 1 (as Ade Edmondson)
  1. E6 - Flood
1st Alien Spotter
1982 The Young Ones - Series 1 (as Ade Edmondson) Vyvyan
1982 The Comic Strip Presents... - Five Go Mad In Dorset
  1. Five Go Mad In Dorset
Dick
1982 Kevin Turvey - The Man Behind The Green Door (as Ade Edmondson) Keith Marshall

Non-comedy TV and film credits might be found here:
Adrian Edmondson on IMDb

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