Chris Addison

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Comedian & Actor, The Thick Of It

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Chris sabotaged everything that stood in his way in The Thick Of It. He went on to become a regular on Mock The Week and direct several episodes of VEEP, Armando Iannucci’s US sitcom. Likening himself to a collage of twiglets created by a child, Chris’ live set looks at Englishness, God and Waitrose.


Chris Addison is a comedian, actor, writer and star of the award-winning The Thick of It. He has also hosted the finals of the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Awards and continues to tour the country with his own material.

Already a seasoned stand-up, Chris made the move into TV hosting with Dotcomedy and writing for TFI Friday. Since then he has appeared on Have I Got News For You, Mock the Week, QI and 8 Out of 10 Cats, and now hosts his own panel show, Show and Tell.

Arguably Chris is best known for his role as Olly Reeder, the enthusiastic-yet-cynical adviser in the hit BBC satire The Thick of It: a role he effectively reprised in the Oscar-nominated film In the Loop. He also plays teacher David Blood in E4’s cult youth drama Skins. Those less familiar with these shows may know him better from a certain series of insurance TV ads.

Chris co-wrote and appeared in Radio 4’s political satire The Department, Sony Award-winning The Ape That Got Lucky and Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive. He has also featured on Just a Minute, The Unbelievable Truth and 4 Stands Up.

Along with many more TV and radio writing credits, Chris has written two books, Cautionary Tales for Grown Ups followed closely by It Wasn't Me: Why everybody is to blame and you're not. He has also contributed to the Evening Standard and the Guardian.

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