Marcus Brigstocke

Marcus Brigstocke

Marcus began his comedy career at Bristol University, studying drama and won the BBC New Comedian of the Year in 1996. He has since emerged as a major comedy, writing and acting talent, regularly appearing live and on TV, film and radio.

The Edinburgh festival has delivered a great deal of critical acclaim for Marcus over the years. In 2006 he previewed his sell out national tour, which went on to become the top selling DVD 'Planet Corduroy'. 2005 saw the start of BBC 4¹s The Late Edition.

TV appearances include 'Live at the Apollo', 'Have I Got News For You' as both host and panelist ,'The A-Z of Music', 'News-Knight' with Sir Trevor McDonald, 'QI', 'Would I Lie to You?', 'Question Time', 'Marcus Brigstocke's Trophy People', 'Saturday Night Live ...Again', and 'Argumental'.

In 2006 Marcus spent time in France for 'Excuse My French' in which he had 4 weeks to learn the language, almost from scratch, then perform stand up in French to audiences in Marseille and Paris. More recently he has successfully transferred 'I¹ve Never Seen Star Wars' from Radio 4 to TV.
His acting work includes playing the lead character Adam Savage in Simon Nye's BBC 1 sitcom 'The Savages', and another leading role in BBC3's 'Vacant Possession', (Twisted Tales). Not to mention the brilliant self-promoting TV Historian David Oxley (BA Hons) in 'We Are History', a cult success that bought him to the attention of many an adoring fan and almost as many dismayed archaeologists.

Radio 4 has become a second home for Marcus. He is the regular angry young man on the Sony Award winning 'Now Show' with Punt and Dennis. He has written and recorded many series and 'specials' of 'Giles Wemmbley-Hogg Goes Off' with new Wemmbley-Hogg adventures on the way in 2009.

He created three series of 'The Museum Of Everything'. He played the head of consultancy firm - Unthinkable Solutions as Ryan Packer in 'Think The Unthinkable'. Other recordings include 'Just a Minute', 'Newsquiz', The Today Program, 'The Unbelievable Truth', '2000 years of Radio', 'A funny thing happened on the way to the dispatch box' and the wonderfully silly '99p Challenge'.

On the big screen he has appeared in Richard Curtis' movie 'Love Actually'.  He went to Berlin with Kevin Spacey to film 'Beyond The Sea' - the life story of Bobby Darin. He appears in 'Piccadilly Jim'  with Sam Rockwell and Tom Wilkinson; with Nick Moran in 'Telstar' and played a desperately ambitious yet woefully inept arts presenter in Neil Gaiman's 'A Short Film About John Bolton'.

In 2007 and 2008 Marcus travelled to the Arctic to see for himself the effects of climate change, working with a team of scientists to discover the pace of change and discuss the impacts of global warming and how to lessen them.

Marcus now lives in South London, happily married to his university sweetheart, with two children and may well be the proudest dad in the world. He is committed to non-violence and is an active campaigner for environmental awareness and action as well as his on going involvement with Cape Farewell, War on Want and the 'Campaign Against Arms Trade'.

He is fanatical about snowboarding - so much so he is the artistic director of the Altitude Festival in Meribel (French Alps), a bilingual comedy and music festival raising money for the WWF.

Marcus can be seen and heard in venues across the country delivering his award-winning stand up, on screens large and small and on Radio 4 more frequently than the shipping forecast.

In 2010 he made his musical theatre debut as King Arthur in Spamalot and more recently he played the part of Albert Perks in the 2011 production of The Railway Children.