Adrian Edmondson

Adrian Edmondson

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    • January 24th, 1957
Adrian Edmondson was born in Bradford, Yorkshire. He went to Manchester University to study drama. Whilst he was there he met Rik Mayall, and the pair began performing as 20th Century Coyote. The act continued after university when Adrian & Rik moved to London, and they became two of the leading lights in the new 'alternative comedy' scene, performing at the newly established Comedy Store, and setting up their own club, The Comic Strip, with 'Peter Richardson', Nigel Planer, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, and Alexei Sayle. This spawned two 1980s TV series: The Young Ones (1982), and The Comic Strip Presents... (1982) In the 1990's Ade & Rik continued their partnership with a new series called Bottom (1991), which ran for three seasons and became a major success on the live circuit. It was basically a live sitcom, liberally sprinkled with slapstick humour, and the pair did 5 long tours between 1993 and 2003. Simultaneously, Adrian established himself as an actor, doing two improvised TV films under the Screen One and Screen Two umbrella, with director Les Blair: Screen Two: Honest, Decent and True (1986), and Screen One: News Hounds (1990) (winner of the BAFTA for best single drama). He was a regular in the hospital drama Holby City (1999) from 2005 - 2008. He took the lead in a drama documentary about the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster in the series Surviving Disaster (2006), and appeared as Henry Austen in the TV movie Miss Austen Regrets (2008), the film Blood (2012), and the drama series Prey (2014). But his most notable dramatic role to date is that of Count Rostov in the BBC series War & Peace (2016).


Acting (24 Credits)

2021The Pact (2021) as Richard
2019Cheat as William Vaughan
2017Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi as Captain Peavey
2017Bancroft as Superintendent Cliff Walker
2016One of Us as Peter Elliot
2016War and Peace (2016) as Ilya Rostov
2015Rocky Horror Show Live as Narrator
2012Blood as Tom Tiernan
2011The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff as Headmaster Wackville
2007Miss Austen Regrets as Henry Austen
2003Bottom Live 2003: Weapons Grade Y-Fronts Tour as Edward Hitler
2001Bottom 2001: An Arse Oddity as Eddie
1999Guest House Paradiso as Eddie
1997Bottom Live 3: Hooligan's Island as Eddie Hitler
1995Bottom Live: The Big Number 2 Tour as Eddie
1995The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Treasure of the Peacock's Eye as Zyke
1993Bottom Live as Eddie
1991The Pope Must Diet as Father Rookie
1991Bottom as Edward Elizabeth Hitler
1987Eat the Rich as Charles
1987Filthy Rich & Catflap as Edward Catflap
1985The Supergrass as Dennis Carter
1982The Young Ones as Vyvyan
1982The Comic Strip Presents

Director (1 Credits)



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