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Angus Deayton

Angus Deayton is an actor, writer, comedian, and broadcaster known as the original and long-term presenter of topical news panel game Have I Got News For You until 2002, and host of Would I Lie To You? from 2007 to 2008.

Biography

Angus Deayton was raised in Banstead, Surrey, and attended Oakhyrst Grange School and Caterham School. He went on to New College, Oxford, where he read languages and was accepted into the Oxford Revue, regularly performing at the Edinburgh Fringe. Here he co-formed the parody band the Ehe Bee Gee Bees in 1980, featuring songs written by Richard Curtis and Philip Pope]. One of their songs became a best-selling single, "Meaningless Songs (In Very High Voices", was a parody of the Bee Gees' famous falsetto style of singing.

Deayton's career began with Radio Active, a radio comedy show broadcast on BBC Radio 4 during the 1980s, itself the product of a 1979 Edinburgh Fringe show by the Oxford Revue in which he had starred. First broadcast in 1980, it ran for a full seven series in total, before transferring to television as KYTV[ between 1989 and 1993. Deayton frequently collaborated as a straight man alongside renowned comedy actor Rowan Atkinson, starring as a pool attendant and a man on a park bench in the Mr. Bean episode "The Curse of Mr. Bean". He would also star as one of the Jumping Jews of Jerusalem in the 1983 Blackadder episode "Born to Be King".

From 1998 to 1991, Deayton starred in all three series of the Emmy award-winning sketch comedy programme Alexei Sayle's Stuff, and in 1990 took on the role of the Meldrews' neighbour Patrick Trench in the BBC comedy series One Foot In The Grave. This year would be huge for Deayton, because he was also chosen as host of BBC panel show Have I Got News For You, a role which led to one Time Out writer calling him "TV's Mr Sex". His success in this format would make him a desirable presenter, hosting television specials such as the BBC's New Year's Eve show and the BAFTA Awards.

In May 2002, the British tabloid newspaper the News of the World reported that Deayton had taken cocaine and slept with a number of prostitutes. Although he joked about it during the following episode of Have I Got News For You, taking a good ribbing from recurring panellists Paul Merton and [o]Ian Hislop], when more allegations surfaced in October Deayton was sacked two episodes into the new series. One online poll on the BBC's own website suggested that 75% of respondents wanted to Deayton to remain as host, and in April 2003, Stephen Fry supported Deayton by refusing to appear on the programme again.

After his stint on Have I Got News For You, Deayton featured in a reunion of the Radio Active cast in a new episode in December 2002, and in 2003 he guest-starred as Downing Street's spin doctor in an episode of BBC political comedy Absolute Power. He has played the role of Don Cole in two series of Nighty Night, hosted Would I Lie To You? for series 1 and 2, and played Alan Derbyshire in series 1-3 of BBC Three's comedy Pramface, about two young parents who get unexpectedly pregnant and have to deal with the consequences.

In 2008 Deayton presented Comedy Sketchbook, a nostalgic look back at some of the greatest British sketch comedies of all time, and in that same year presented the British Comedy Awards, after host Jonathan Ross topped down because of the controversy surrounding The Russell Brand Show prank telephone calls to actor Andrew Sachs.

In 2017 Deayton began work on the BBC Radio 4 sitcom Alone, about five single, middle-aged people living in a converted Victorian townhouse in North London.

Gender
Male
Nationality
England

Awards

  • BAFTA Television Awards 2003 - Best Entertainment Performance: Nominee
  • BAFTA Television Awards 2001 - Best Entertainment Performance: Nominee
  • British Comedy Awards 1991 - Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist: Winner
  • British Comedy Awards 1990 - Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist: Nominee
Born
Friday 6th January 1956 (64 years-old)

Known for

Credits

 
Year Production Role
2019 Alone - Series 2 Mitch
2019 Radio Active: The 40th Anniversary Show Self
2019 Radio Active Self
2018 Alone - Series 1 Mitch
2018 Radio Active Self
2018 Benidorm: Ten Years On Holiday Narrator
2017 Believe It! - Series 3
  1. E1 - Knight Fever
Self
2017 Brian Pern - Brian Pern: A Tribute
  1. Special - Brian Pern: A Tribute
Self
2017 Alone - Pilot Mitch
2016 Radio Active Self
2016 Benidorm - Series 8
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Grenville Titcombe
2014 Christmas Epic Fails Host / Presenter
2014 One Foot In The Grave - A Celebration Of A Comedy Classic Self
2014 Monks Cardinal Montgomery
2014 The Comedy Vaults: BBC2's Hidden Treasure Self
2014 Pramface - Series 3 Alan Derbyshire
2013 Pramface - Series 2 Alan Derbyshire
2012 Mr Blue Sky - Series 2
  1. E4 - With Deepest Sympathy
Priest
2012 Pramface - Series 1 Alan Derbyshire
2012 Playing The Moldovans At Tennis David
2011 It's Your Round - Series 2 Host / Presenter
2011 It's Your Round - Series 2 Writer
2011 24 Hour Panel People Guest
2011 It's Your Round - Series 1 Host / Presenter
2011 It's Your Round - Series 1 Writer
2010 The Many Faces Of... - Series 1
  1. E1 - The Many Faces Of Richard Wilson
Self
2010 Pete And Dud: The Lost Sketches Ensemble Actor
2008 Would I Lie To You? - Series 2 Host / Presenter
2008 Would I Lie To You? - Series 2 Writer (Additional Material)
2008 Comedy Sketchbook Host / Presenter
2007 Would I Lie To You? - Series 1 Host / Presenter
2007 Would I Lie To You? - Series 1 Writer (Additional Material)
2006 Help Yourself, With Angus Deayton Actor
2005 Nighty Night - Series 2 Don Cole
2005 Absolute Power - Series 2
  1. E6 - The House Of Lords
Colin Priestly
2005 Monkey Trousers
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Various
2004 Britain's Best Sitcom
  1. E6 - One Foot In The Grave
  2. E1 - The Launch
Guest
2004 Nighty Night - Series 1 Don Cole
2004 Bognor Or Bust Actor
2003 Absolute Power - Series 1
  1. E4 - Mr Fox
Colin Priestly
2002 Have I Got News For You - Series 24 Host / Presenter
2002 Have I Got News For You - Series 23 Host / Presenter
2001 Have I Got News For You - Series 22 Host / Presenter
2001 Have I Got News For You - Series 21 Host / Presenter
2000 I Don't Believe It! - The One Foot In The Grave Story Host / Presenter
2000 Have I Got News For You - Series 20 Host / Presenter
2000 One Foot In The Grave - Series 6 Patrick Trench
2000 Coupling - Series 1
  1. E2 - Size Matters
Self
2000 Have I Got News For You - Series 19 Host / Presenter
1999 Have I Got News For You - Series 18 Host / Presenter
1999 Have I Got News For You - Series 17 Host / Presenter
1999 Angus Deayton's History Of Alternative Comedy Host / Presenter
1999 A History Of Alternative Comedy Host / Presenter
1998 Have I Got News For You - Series 16 Host / Presenter
1998 Have I Got News For You - Series 15 Host / Presenter
1997 Have I Got News For You - Series 14 Host / Presenter
1997 Have I Got News For You - Series 13 Host / Presenter
1996 Have I Got News For You - Series 12 Host / Presenter
1996 Have I Got News For You - Series 11 Host / Presenter
1995 Have I Got News For You - Series 10 Host / Presenter
1995 Room 101 - Series 2
  1. E7 - Angus Deayton
Guest
1995 Have I Got News For You - Series 9 Host / Presenter
1994 One Foot In The Grave - Series 5 Patrick Trench
1994 Have I Got News For You - Series 8 Host / Presenter
1994 Have I Got News For You - Series 7 Host / Presenter
1993 Have I Got News For You - Series 6 Host / Presenter
1993 Have I Got News For You - Series 5 Host / Presenter
1993 One Foot In The Grave - Series 4 Patrick Trench
1992 Have I Got News For You - Series 4 Host / Presenter
1992 Have I Got News For You - Series 3 Host / Presenter
1992 Rowan Atkinson Live Ensemble Actor
1991 One Foot In The Grave - Series 3 Patrick Trench
1991 Have I Got News For You - Series 2 Host / Presenter
1991 Mr. Bean
  1. E3 - The Curse Of Mr. Bean
Swimming Pool Attendant
1990 One Foot In The Grave - Series 2 Patrick Trench
1990 Have I Got News For You - Series 1 Host / Presenter
1990 The British Comedy Awards Host / Presenter
1990 Have I Got News For You Writer (Additional Material)
1988 Chelmsford 123 - Series 1
  1. E6 - Peeled Grapes And Pedicures
Aldridge
1987 Radio Active - Series 7 Ensemble Actor
1987 Radio Active - Series 7 Writer
1986 Radio Active - Series 6 Ensemble Actor
1986 Radio Active - Series 6 Writer
1985 Radio Active - Series 5 Ensemble Actor
1985 Radio Active - Series 5 Writer
1984 Radio Active - Series 4 Ensemble Actor
1984 Radio Active - Series 4 Writer
1983 Radio Active - Series 3 Ensemble Actor
1983 Radio Active - Series 3 Writer
1983 Blackadder - The Black Adder
  1. E2 - Born To Be King
Jumping Jew of Jerusalem
1982 Radio Active - Series 2 Ensemble Actor
1982 Radio Active - Series 2 Writer
1981 Radio Active - Series 1 Ensemble Actor
1981 Radio Active - Series 1 Writer
1980 Radio Active - The Oxford Revue Presents Radio Active Ensemble Actor
1980 Radio Active - The Oxford Revue Presents Radio Active Writer

Non-comedy TV and film credits might be found here:
Angus Deayton on IMDb

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