Angus Deayton is a Comedy Actor, Broadcaster and Awards Host.
Angus is probably best known as the urbane yet acerbic host of the satire quiz Have I Got News For You which he presented for 12 years.
His witty one-liners, patronising put downs and knowing nod to the audience made him a favourite with viewers and his popularity began to grow.
While reading French and German at New College, Oxford, his fondness for Abba and the Bee Gees did not mark him out as a satirist. But when Richard Curtis, (later to achieve fame as the Four Weddings and a Funeral writer), invited him to replace someone who had dropped out of an Edinburgh Festival revue, Deayton accepted.
The revue called You’ll Have Had Your Tea By Now, eventually evolved into the Radio Four comedy series Radio Active. This in turn became KYTV on BBC television.
KYTV was a spoof satellite TV show, which set a comedy precedent for The Day Today.
After earning a living by writing radio scripts and providing voiceovers for commercials, Deayton accepted the role of Victor Meldrew’s long-suffering next door neighbour ‘Patrick’, in One Foot In The Grave.
Apart from One Foot In The Grave, Angus has also appeared in many films and in numerous television series including:
- Bad Company
- Lord of Misrule
- Nighty Night
- Absolute Power
- All Star Comedy Show
- Waterloo Road
- Fat Slags
- 3 Men in a Restaurant
- Savage Hearts
- Best Entertainment Personality Nominee – BAFTA 2001
- BBC TV Personality of the Year 1995 – TRIC Awards
- Best Comedy Performer British Press Guild – 1992
- Best Light Entertainment Show – BAFTA Winner 1992 – Have I Got News For You
- Best Television Comedy Newcomer 1991 – British Comedy Awards
Angus can be found hosting one-off specials such as Before They Were Famous, TV Hell, 50 Worst Decisions, Hell’s Kitchen and Bognor or Bust.
Angus Deayton is available for corporate and private events as an after-dinner speaker or host.