Marcus Brigstocke – Comedian and Broadcaster.
Marcus Brigstocke began his comedy career in Bristol whilst studying drama at University and soon won the BBC New Comedian of 1996. He has since emerged as a major comedy, writing and acting talent, performing in the UK and beyond and has become a regular voice on BBC Radio with an impressive list of TV and film credits.
The Edinburgh Festival has been a regular haunt for Marcus Brigstocke, and has seen him receive a great deal of critical acclaim over the years performing at almost every festival since 1996.
2005 saw the start of ‘The Late Edition’ – Marcus’s own live topical show on BBC4. Marcus regularly appears on radio shows such as Just a Minute and The News Show.
‘Marcus Brigstocke’s Trophy People’ was a documentary series following those who compete at the highest level in unusual hobbies – Scrabble champions, competitive bell-ringers, youth debaters and model airoplane builders and flyers. He also played the lead character in BBC3’s ‘Vacant Possession’, one of the Twisted Tales series. Other acting work includes Adam Savage in Simon Nye’s BBC 1 sitcom ‘The Savages’, and of course David Oxley (BA Hons) in ‘We Are History’, the cult success which has bought him to the attention of many an adoring fan and the odd angry archaeologist. In 2006 Marcus went to France for ‘Excuse My French’ – he had 4 weeks to learn the language, almost from scratch, then performed stand up in French to crowds in Marseille and Paris.
He has written and recorded several series of ‘Giles Wemmbley-Hogg Goes Off’ and The Museum Of Everything’.
Other TV appearances include ‘Live from the Apollo’ (with Jack Dee), Have I Got News For You, The A-Z of Music, News Knight alongside Sir Trevor McDonald on ITV, QI, The Graham Norton Show, Would I Lie To You? and Live at The Apollo. Marcus is currently a team captain on the comedy panel debating show ‘Argumental’.
On the big screen he has appeared in Richard Curtis’ movie ‘Love Actually’ as a Radio DJ interviewing the wonderfully jaded Billy Mack (Bill Nighy). He went to Berlin with Kevin Spacey to film ‘Beyond The Sea’ – the life story of Bobby Darin, Telstar with Nick Moran, and in Neil Gayman’s ‘A Short Film About John Bolton’.