Adrian Edmondson

Adrian Edmondson

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).

YearTitleCharacterRelease Date
2017Star Wars: The Last JediCaptain Peavey2017-12-15
2017Interlude In PragueHerr Luptak2017-05-25
2017The RizenInterviewer2017-01-01
2016One of UsPeter Elliot2016-08-23
2015Rocky Horror Show LiveNarrator2015-10-18
2013BloodTom Tiernan2013-08-09
2008Rocky Horror Tribute ShowBrad2008-10-14
2008Miss Austen RegretsHenry Austen2008-02-03
2007If It Ain't StiffHimself - Narrator2007-12-14
2006Surviving Disaster: Chernobyl2006-01-24
2004Bottom Mindless ViolenceEddie2004-11-22
2003Bottom Live 2003: Weapons Grade Y-Fronts TourEdward Hitler2003-11-24
2001Bottom Live 2001 An Arse OddityEddie2001-10-19
1999Guest House ParadisoEddie1999-12-03
1999The Making of 'Guest House Paradiso'Himself1999-11-15
1997Bottom Live 3: Hooligan's IslandEddie Hitler1997-10-27
1995Bottom Live The Big Number 2 TourEddie1995-11-06
1993If You See God, Tell Him.Gordon Spry1993-11-11
1993Bottom Live The Stage ShowEddie1993-09-27
1991The Pope Must DieFather Rookie1991-06-21
1990News Hounds1990-09-02
1989The Secret Policeman’s Biggest BallHimself1989-01-01
1988Eat the Rich1988-04-22
1988Mr Jolly Lives Next Door1988-03-05
1988The StrikeAdrian/Slim/Policeman1988-02-20
1988The Supergrass1988-02-04
1986Honest Decent and True1986-02-09
1986Dangerous Brothers Present: World of DangerSir Adrian Dangerous1986-01-01
1982Kevin Turvey: The Man Behind the Green DoorKeith Marshall1982-03-13
1981The Comic Strip1981-01-01