British television actor known for his roles on such popular comedy series as The Mighty Boosh, Jam & Jerusalem, and Horrible Histories. Also a screenwriter, he penned and starred in a SkyOne comedy called Yonderland.
Early in his career, he appeared in the popular British soap opera Coronation Street.
He hosted a 2013 documentary film titled Richard III: The King in the Car Park.
He grew up in the northeastern English town of Darlington, County Durham.
He portrayed Romantic poet William Wordsworth in the 2010 comedy film Burke & Hare.