Known for his laid back and intelligent musical comedy, Bill has sold out arenas with Dandelion Mind, led the BBC Concert Orchestra, acted in the West End and filmed apes in Indonesia. He looks at new ideas for a national anthem, and tries his hand at Iranian hip-hop.
Aside from his talent as an entertainer, for which he received a British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-up, Bill Bailey has also made his mark as an actor. He starred in the Channel 4 sitcoms Black Books and Spaced, and in the feature films Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, Burke and Hare and Hot Fuzz.
Bill is best known as a former team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Other TV credits include Monster Night, Is It Bill Bailey?, The Stand Up Show and Space Cadets, as well as numerous spots on Have I Got News For You. He regularly pops up on QI and radio panel shows, and presented the nature programme Wild Thing I Love You.
However, nowhere is his virtuosity so apparent as live onstage, surrounded by an array of instruments, peddling his slightly shambolic, fiercely intelligent and often bizarre blend of musical messing and general silliness. Bill has performed to sell-out audiences in the West End and in New York, and has toured his stand-up shows around the world.
As if writing and performing were not enough, Bill has also organised, produced, and starred in the West End production Pinter’s People, a collection of sketches and scenes written by Harold Pinter.
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