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Early lifeEdit

Bird was born in Guildford, Surrey in the United Kingdom into a "solidly professional middle-class" family, as the third of four children[1] of Heather (née Gage) and Graham Bird,[2] both of whom are economics professors at the University of Surrey.[3][4] Bird's three siblings are Alan, currently a Deputy Head at Brighton College; Anne, a doctor in New York City in the United States; and Tom, a medical student at the University of East Anglia.[2]

Bird was educated at Cranmore School, West Horsley, Royal Grammar School, Guildford and the Queens' College at the University of Cambridge, where he read English.[5] At Cambridge, Bird was the President of the Footlights, the university's sketch and theatrical group.[6]

CareerEdit

Early comedy careerEdit

While completing an M.A. in Cultural & Critical Studies at Birkbeck College, Bird set up the sketch comedy group "The House of Windsor" with Joe Thomas (who plays Simon Cooper in The Inbetweeners) and Jonny Sweet.Template:Citation needed They performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 2007 and in 2008 with a show called The Meeting, described as a site-specific comedy installation set in an actual boardroom, which received national media attention and a clutch of five-star reviews.Template:Citation needed Bird and Thomas were also regulars on series 1 and 2 of The Weekly Show, a podcast for Channel 4 Radio (2006-7).

Bird also performs stand-up comedy and took part in Chortle's national student comedy awards in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, coming second in his final attempt. (He was a finalist in 2006, and was disqualified for deliberately breaking the rules in 2007.)[7][8]

BreakthroughEdit

In 2008, Bird was cast in E4's teen comedy The Inbetweeners as Will McKenzie, along with Joe Thomas.[9] He won the 2008 British Comedy Award for Best Male Newcomer[10] and the 2009 British Comedy Award for Best Actor.[11] He was also nominated for Best Comedy Performance at the 2008 Royal Television Society Awards,[12] and Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme at the 2009 BAFTA Awards.[10]

Subsequent workEdit

In 2010 Bird created a BBC Three comedy panel show The King Is Dead, in which a well-known person is hypothetically killed off and a panel of three personalities go head-to-head in a series of satirical quiz rounds and challenges in their bid to replace them. He hosted alongside Nick Mohammed and Katy Wix.

Another of Bird's projects is Friday Night Dinner, a single-camera comedy written by Robert Popper and made by Big Talk Productions. Although his character in Friday Night Dinner is a member of a Jewish family (the Friday night dinner being a Jewish tradition), Bird himself is not Jewish.[13]

Simon Bird returned to the character of Will McKenzie in The Inbetweeners Movie which was released on 17 August 2011.

Bird has also recently co-created, co-written, and co-starred in a pilot, 'Chickens', for Channel 4, alongside Jonny Sweet and Joe Thomas. It is about three men who remain in England during World War I. It was broadcast as part of Channel 4's Comedy Showcase season. In 2012, Sky1 picked up a 6 episode season, filming began in late 2012 and the series premiered in Summer 2013.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Bird is a well-known Crystal Palace F.C. fan.[15]

Of his choice of career, Bird states that, "I never came into this industry to be an actor. I wanted to be a comedian. All the people I love are being themselves – like Larry David" and that his parents wish for him to complete his Ph.D..[16]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2011 The Inbetweeners Movie Will McKenzie
2013 The Look of Love Jonathan Hodge
2013 The Harry Hill Movie Ed
2014 The Inbetweeners 2 Will McKenzie

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2008–2010 The Inbetweeners Will McKenzie British Comedy Award Best Male Comedy Newcomer (2008)
British Comedy Award Best TV Comedy Actor (2009)
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Role (2010)
2010 The King is Dead Himself/host Creator, writer
2011 Comedy Showcase Cecil Episode: "Chickens"
2011–present Friday Night Dinner Adam
2013 Chickens Cecil

ReferencesEdit

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