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Encyclopedia > Adrian Edmondson
Adrian Edmondson
Born Adrian Charles Edmondson
24 January 1957 (1957-01-24) (age 50)
Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
Nationality English
Known for The Comic Strip Presents... (1982–present)
The Young Ones (1982–1984)
Bottom (1991–2003)
Occupation Actor, writer, comedian, director
Spouse Jennifer Saunders

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He is probably best known for his roles as the anarchic punk Vyvyan Basterd in The Young Ones (1982–1984) and Eddie Hitler in Bottom (1991–1995) which he also co-wrote. In both of these roles he starred alongside comedy partner Rik Mayall. The Young Ones was a popular British sitcom, first seen in 1982, which aired on BBC2. ... Bottom was a British sitcom (aka britcom) of the early 1990s (and later a series of stage shows) written by Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. ... This article is about the comedy duo. ... Richard Michael Rik Mayall (born 7 March 1958) is an English comedian and actor. ...

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Biography

Early life

Edmondson is the second of four children. Though born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, as a child he spent time living with his family in a variety of places including Cyprus, Bahrain, and Uganda, where his father was a teacher in the armed forces. For other uses, see Bradford (disambiguation). ... Coat of Arms of South Yorkshire West Yorkshire is a metropolitan county within the Yorkshire and the Humber region of England, that has a population of 2. ...


He attended Pocklington School in Yorkshire from 11 to 18 years of age. He later went on to the University of Manchester to study drama, receiving a 2:1 degree. He met his future comedy partner Rik Mayall while studying at the university. They soon became friends and before long found work on the burgeoning alternative comedy scene. Under the name 20th Century Coyote they became one of the star attractions at the The Comedy Store. As their popularity grew, they and other upcoming comedians (including Alexei Sayle, Peter Richardson, Nigel Planer and French and Saunders) split away from the Comedy Store to set up their own venue: The Comic Strip club. Pocklington School, is a public school in Pocklington, East Yorkshire, England. ... The Victoria University of Manchester (VUM) was a large university in Manchester in England. ... For other uses, see Drama (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Richard Michael Rik Mayall (born 7 March 1958) is an English comedian and actor. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 20th Century Coyote was a comedy group famous for first uniting Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson. ... The Comedy Store is a comedy club located in Soho, London, England that was opened in 1979 by Peter Rosengard. ... Alexei David Sayle (b. ... Peter Richardson born 15 October 1951 in Devon, Britain, is a British actor, comedian, director, and writer. ... Nigel George Planer (born February 22, 1953 in London) is an English actor, novelist and playwright. ... French & Saunders is a British sketch comedy television show starring and written by comedy team Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, and is also the name by which they are known on the rare occasions when they appear elsewhere as a double act. ... The Comic Strip is a group of British comedians, best known collectively for their television series The Comic Strip Presents. ...


Career

The Comic Strip soon gained a reputation as one of the most popular comedy clubs in London and soon came to the attention of Channel 4. Edmondson and the others were commissioned to act in six self-contained half-hour films, using the group as comedy actors rather than stand-up performers. The series, entitled The Comic Strip Presents... debuted on 2 November 1982 (the opening night of Channel 4). The first episode to be broadcast was "Five Go Mad in Dorset", a parody of Enid Blyton's Famous Five, which drew anger from some viewers for the way it mercilessly satirised a children's classic. Edmondson starred as one of the five. This article is about the British television station. ... This article is about the British comedy group; for the published art form, see comic strip. ... is the 306th day of the year (307th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... The Famous Five - Julian (Peter Richardson), Anne (Jennifer Saunders), Dick (Adrian Edmondson) and George (Dawn French) Five Go Mad in Dorset was the first of the long-running series of Comic Strip Presents. ... Enid Mary Blyton (August 11, 1897–November 28, 1968) was a popular English childrens writer. ... The Famous Five is a fictional group of child detectives, composed of four children (Julian, Dick, Anne and George) and their dog Timmy, created by Enid Blyton. ...


At the same time as The Comic Strip Presents... was being negotiated, the BBC signed up Edmondson, Mayall, Richardson, Planer and Sayle to star in The Young Ones, a sitcom in the same anarchic style as The Comic Strip. (Richardson later decided not to proceed and was replaced by Christopher Ryan.) The show revolved around the shared house where the students lived during their study at Scumbag College. It was noted at the time of its first airing for its violent slapstick, with Edmondson's character as the main instigator, and this is a trait which has stayed with him throughout his career. The series captured public imagination and remains one of Britain's most popular sitcoms. Christopher Ryan is an English actor who trained at East 15 Acting School in London. ...


Following the success of The Comic Strip Presents... and, to a greater extent, The Young Ones, Edmondson and Mayall returned to their "Coyote" dynamic in the double act "The Dangerous Brothers" with Edmondson as "Sir (or occasionally Lady) Adrian Dangerous" in Saturday Live (1985–1987). The Dangerous Brothers was an early stage and TV act by anarchic comedy duo Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson, performing respectively as Richard Dangerous and Sir (or occasionally Lady) Adrian Dangerous. They appeared in a number of brief sketches in the 1980s TV programme Saturday Live. ... Saturday Live was an innovative television comedy and music show broadcast in the UK by Channel 4 from 1985 to 1987. ...


In 1983, he appeared as the lead singer Vim Fuego in the spoof heavy metal band called Bad News, with his Young Ones co-stars, Rik Mayall and Nigel Planer, and Peter Richardson of "Comic Strip Presents...". Heavy metal redirects here. ... Bad News are a spoof rock band, created for the Channel 4 television series The Comic Strip Presents. ... Richard Michael Rik Mayall (born 7 March 1958) is an English comedian and actor. ... Nigel George Planer (born February 22, 1953 in London) is an English actor, novelist and playwright. ... Peter Richardson born 15 October 1951 in Devon, Britain, is a British actor, comedian, director, and writer. ...


In 1985 Edmondson married fellow Comic Strip performer Jennifer Saunders. The couple now have three children: Eleanor, Beatrice and Freya. Edmondson's university nickname of "Eddie Monsoon", a play on his surname, inspired the name of Saunders' character, Edina Monsoon, on Absolutely Fabulous and his own characters Eddie Catflap (Filthy Rich & Catflap) and Eddie Hitler (Bottom). Their joint production company is called Mr and Mrs Monsoon Limited. Jennifer Jane Saunders (born July 6, 1958[1] in Sleaford, Lincolnshire) is a BAFTA- and Emmy Award-winning English comedian, writer and actress. ... Filthy Rich & Catflap was a BBC sitcom produced in 1986 and broadcast early the next year. ...


In 1986, Edmondson achieved a number one hit in the UK singles charts when he and his co-stars from The Young Ones teamed up with Cliff Richard to record a new version of "Living Doll" for the inaugural Comic Relief campaign. Despite having been killed off in the final episode of the series, Edmondson played Vyvyan one last time in the video. The same year he co-wrote the book How to be a Complete Bastard together with Mark Leigh and Mike Lepine. Sir Cliff Richard OBE (born Harry Rodger Webb on 14 October 1940) is an English singer, actor and businessman. ... For the origin of the term, see comic relief. ... How to be a Complete Bastard is a 1986 book by Adrian Edmondson, Mark Leigh and Mike Lepine. ...


In 1987 he reunited with Planer and Mayall to star in Filthy, Rich and Catflap. The series was penned by The Young Ones' co-writer Ben Elton and saw Edmondson display the same slapstick characteristics as Vyvyan, but was closer in personality to his later character "Eddie Hitler" in Bottom. The show received critical acclaim but poor viewing figures and was cancelled after one series. Benjamin Charles Elton (born 3 May 1959) is an English comedian, writer and director. ...


In 1989 Edmondson made an appearance in an episode of Blackadder Goes Forth as The Red Baron, arch-nemesis to Mayall's character, Lord Flashheart. In this year, he also released a follow up to How To Be A Complete Bastard called The Bastard's Book of the Worst. For other uses, see Blackadder (disambiguation). ... Red Baron redirects here. ... Lord Flashheart is the name of two characters (the first presumably an ancestor of the second) who appeared in two episodes of the popular BBC sitcom Blackadder. ...


Edmondson played Brad Majors in the 1990 West End run of The Rocky Horror Show, alongside Tim McInnerny as Frank-N-Furter and Ed Tudor-Pole as Riff-Raff. He also appears on the soundtrack album of the production. The Rocky Horror Show is a long running stage musical (opening in London initially, on June 19, 1973) that inspired the movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show. ... Tim McInnerny as Lord Percy Percy in Blackadder II. Tim McInnerny (stress on the penultimate syllable of McInnerny) was born September 18, 1956 and is a British actor. ... Edward Tudor-Pole (born December 6, 1955 in London) is a British musician, singer and actor. ...


In 1991 he teamed up with Mayall once more, this time co-writing and co-starring in their own sitcom, Bottom. Edmondson starred as "Edward Elizabeth Hitler" opposite Mayall's "Richard Richard". The series featured the slapstick and crude humour for which the pair had become famous, but also more in-depth character analysis. Mayall and Edmonson have said Bottom was aimed to be more than just a series of toilet gags but a cruder cousin to plays like Waiting for Godot, about the pointlessness of life. The series became very popular. However, it was criticised for its often vulgar humour. Edmondson was also censured for essentially reprising the same character he had been playing for his entire career. Bottom was also incarnated into five UK stage tours (1993, 1995, 1997, 2001 and 2003). The violent natures of these shows saw both Edmondson and Mayall ending up in hospital. Richard Michael Rik Mayall (born 7 March 1958) is an English comedian and actor. ... Waiting for Godot is a play by Samuel Beckett in which the characters wait for a man (Godot) who never arrives. ...


In 1993 Edmondson starred alongside Richard Briers in a controversial black comedy called If You See God, Tell Him. Edmondson played Gordon Spry, whose uncle (Briers) is paralysed and has a greatly reduced attention span. His erratic behaviour causes problems for Gordon. The series comprised four episodes, each 45 minutes long, and only broadcast once. (The BBC has refused to repeat the series.) Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Richard Briers, CBE (born on January 14, 1934) is a popular English actor whose career encompasses the theatre, television, film and radio. ... If you see God, Tell Him was a black comedy starring Richard Briers and Adrian Edmondson shown by the BBC in 1993. ...

Edmondson (left) with Mayall in Bottom
Edmondson (left) with Mayall in Bottom

September 1995 saw the release of his first (comic) novel, The Gobbler. Image File history File links Bottom001. ... Image File history File links Bottom001. ...


In 1996, he played the role of Ace Face/Bellboy at The Who's performance of Quadrophenia at London's Hyde Park. Alternate cover Original soundtrack version Quadrophenia is a double album released by The Who on October 19, 1973, one of the groups two full-scale rock operas. ... “Hyde Park” redirects here. ...


In 1997-1998 he voiced engine stoker Jones, a major character in the animated series Captain Star Captain Star is an animated childrens TV series starring Richard E Grant as Captain Jim Star. ...


Following the 1997 Bottom stage tour, Hooligans Island, Mayall and Edmondson worked on the idea of a Bottom film in which Richie and Eddie run a hotel. The two had been working on the script together, and were set to co-direct. However, in 1998 Mayall was seriously injured and spent a few days in a coma. Edmondson found this time very difficult. When Mayall came around he helped Edmondson complete the script while still in hospital, but it was decided that he was still not fit enough to direct, so Edmondson took the sole directing duties on what became Guest House Paradiso. Since the 2003 Bottom tour, which ended on 12 December of that year, Edmondson has shown a lack of interest in working with his friend Mayall, claiming he is more difficult to work with since his accident, also having stopped drinking alcohol altogether. In December 2004 The Daily Mirror newspaper quoted him as saying: "It’s definitely time to stop. We're getting too old. We both realised that the show wasn't as engaging as it used to be. We were starting to look a bit ridiculous. [...] We're both nearly 50 and we're starting to feel slightly undignified talking about wanking and knobs constantly."[1] Rik Mayall has repeatedly said that they will work together again, they just needed "A good idea". Guest House Paradiso is a 1999 comedy slapstick movie, starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson, and directed by Edmondson. ... is the 346th day of the year (347th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Alternate newspaper: The Daily Mirror (Australia) The Daily Mirror is a popular British tabloid daily newspaper. ... Richard Michael Rik Mayall (born 7 March 1958) is an English comedian and actor. ...


In 2004 Edmondson starred in a different comedic role, as an incompetent surgeon in Doctors and Nurses and had a recurring part in Jonathan Creek. Jonathan Creek is a British mystery television series produced by the BBC and written by David Renwick. ...


In 2005 he was one of the celebrities taking part in Comic Relief does Fame Academy (in which he was known for his punk-style version of the song "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You") and came in third place. Comic Relief Does Fame Academy is a spin-off of the original Fame Academy show where celebrities (students) sing as students of the Academy. ...


He directed pop videos for Fiesta (1988) by The Pogues, Prime Mover (1987) by Zodiac Mindwarp, Like The Weather (1988) by 10,000 Maniacs, Please Help The Cause Against Loneliness (1988) by Sandie Shaw, and Hourglass by Squeeze. The Pogues are a band of mixed Irish and English background, playing traditional Irish folk with influences from the English punk rock movement. ... Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction are a British hard rock group. ... 10,000 Maniacs is a United States-based alternative rock band, formed in 1981 and active with various line-ups since that time. ... For the author, see Sandy Shaw. ... Squeeze are an English rock music band that came to prominence in the New Wave period of the late 1970s. ...


In Surviving Disaster, a BBC docu-drama about the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, broadcast at the start of 2006, Edmondson played the role of Dr Valeri Legasov, who gives his account of events. Chernobyl reactor number four after the disaster, showing the extensive damage to the main reactor hall (image center) and turbine building (image lower left) The reactor accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant was the worst in history, resulting in a severe nuclear meltdown. ... Valeri Legasov (Moscow, 1946 - 1988) was a soviet scientist, the chief of the investigation committee of the Chernobyl Accident. ...


From 2005, he has made recurring appearances in Holby City, starring in a semi-serious role as Consultant General Surgeon Abra Durant, a doctor introduced working in Ghana. Holby City is a medical drama television serial, formerly a drama series, broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom. ... A consultant (from the Latin consultare meaning to discuss from which we also derive words such as consul and counsel) is a professional who provides expert advice in a particular area of expertise such as accountancy, the environment, technology, the law, human resources, marketing, medicine, finance, public affairs, communication, engineering... A surgeon operating General surgery, despite its name, is a surgical specialty that focuses on surgical treatment of abdominal organs, e. ... Percival Abra Durant is the name of a fictional character on the BBC television series Holby City. ...


At Jools Holland's 2006 Hootenanny, Edmonson sang and played trumpet in an inspired jazz-style cover version of The Sex Pistols Anarchy in the U.K. In 2005, he invited himself onstage to sing along with Ricky Wilson on the Kaiser Chiefs' "I Predict A Riot". Julian Miles Holland, OBE, DL (born 24 January 1958 in Blackheath, South East London) is an English virtuoso pianist, bandleader, television presenter, architectural eccentric and pop music enthusiast. ... The Sex Pistols in 1977. ... Anarchy in the U.K. is the title track of the first single by Sex Pistols, released on November 26, 1976. ...


On 28 February 2007, BBC One broadcast a special programme Comic Relief with Edmondson travelling to Kenya to see what donations from Comic Relief do, cleverly titled "Does Africa Need Ade... Edmondson?". He then performed on the Comic Relief 2007 special Top Gear Of The Pops, playing guitar with Supergrass. is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 1. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... REDIRECT Template:Infobox Musician For the witnesses who betray information about associated criminals, see Supergrass (informer). ...


Also as of 2007, he plays his first BBC Radio 2 sitcom with Ben Elton and writer Nigel Smith called Teenage Kicks, named after the famous punk song by The Undertones. After a six-episode series which became a success, the concept has been turned into an eight-part series of the same name by Phil McIntyre Productions, currently being filmed at Teddington Studios for broadcast on ITV in January 2008. BBC Radio 2 is one of the BBCs national radio stations and is by far the most popular station in the UK, reaching some 27% of the available audience in 2006[1]. It broadcasts throughout the UK on FM radio between 88 and 91 MHz from its studios in... Benjamin Charles Elton (born 3 May 1959) is an English comedian, writer and director. ... The picture cover of The Undertones 1979 Youve Got My Number (Why Dont You Use It!) single The Undertones are a Northern Irish rock band formed in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1975. ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting...


Personal life

On May 11, 1985 Edmondson married fellow Comic Strip performer Jennifer Saunders, with whom he now has three daughters: Eleanor "Ella" (born 22 January 1986), Beatrice "Beattie" (19 June 1987), and Freya (16 October 1990). Edmondson and his family currently have a £2 million 400 year old farmhouse, with 45 acres of land in Chagford, Devon. is the 131st day of the year (132nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... Jennifer Jane Saunders (born July 6, 1958[1] in Sleaford, Lincolnshire) is a BAFTA- and Emmy Award-winning English comedian, writer and actress. ... is the 22nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Location within the British Isles Chagford is a small town on the north-east edge of Dartmoor, in Devon, England, close to the River Teign. ... Part of the seafront of Torquay, south Devon, at high tide Devon is a large county in South West England, bordered by Cornwall to the west, and Dorset and Somerset to the east. ...


In the late 1970s, whilst still a student at Manchester University, he dated guitarist of The Slits, Viv Albertine. He also directed and starred in a video for the band We've Got a Fuzzbox and We're Gonna Use It. The Slits are an all female punk rock band. ... Viv Albertine was the guitarist for the influential female punk group The Slits. ... Weve Got a Fuzzbox and Were Gonna Use It (shortened to Fuzzbox for the U.S. release of their first album) were an all-girl Birmingham, England based, pop punk quartet that was loud, gaudy, and mildly controversial. ...


A keen fan of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, Edmondson performed (vocals and trumpet) with them as part of their 2006 reformation and countrywide tour[citation needed]. On 10 July 2007, Edmonson was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Literature from the University of Exeter[citation needed]. The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (more often the Bonzo Dog Band) was the brainchild of the British art-school set of the 1960s. ... is the 191st day of the year (192nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The University of Exeter (usually abbreviated as Exon. ...


Notes

  1. ^ Report of interview in Daily Mirror entitled Rik and Ade to split up

External links

The Comic Strip
Adrian Edmondson — Dawn FrenchRik MayallNigel PlanerPeter RichardsonJennifer Saunders

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