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List of notable or famous comedians from the United Kingdom, with bios and photos, including the top comedians born in the United Kingdom and even some popular comedians who immigrated to the United Kingdom. If you're trying to find out the names of famous British comedians then this list is the perfect resource for you. These comedians are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known comedian from the United Kingdom is included when available.

This list below has a variety of people, like Hugh Laurie and Ricky Gervais, in it.

This historic comedians from the United Kingdom list can help answer the questions "Who are some British comedians of note?" and "Who are the most famous comedians from the United Kingdom?" These prominent comedians of the United Kingdom may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected British comedians.

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Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
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James Hugh Calum Laurie, OBE, known professionally as Hugh Laurie, is an English actor, writer, director, musician and comedian. He first became known as one-half of the Fry and Laurie double act with his friend and comedy partner Stephen Fry, whom he joined in the cast of A Bit of Fry & Laurie, Blackadder, and Jeeves and Wooster in the 1980s and 1990s. From 2004 to 2012, he played Dr. Gregory House, the protagonist of House, for which he received two Golden Globe awards, two Screen Actors Guild awards, and six Emmy nominations. He was listed in the 2011 Guinness World Records as the most watched leading man on television and was one of the highest-paid actors in a television drama, earning ...more

Age: 58

Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom

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#60 on The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

#30 on The Greatest British Actors of All Time

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Ricky Gervais is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
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Ricky Dene Gervais is an English comedian, actor, voice actor, film director, producer, musician, screenwriter, and radio presenter. Gervais worked initially in the music industry, attempting a career as a pop star in the 1980s with Seona Dancing and working as the manager of a then-unknown Suede before turning to comedy. In 2000, he was given a Channel 4 talk show, Meet Ricky Gervais, and then achieved greater mainstream fame a year later with his BBC television series The Office. It was followed by Extras in 2005. He co-wrote and co-directed both series with Stephen Merchant. In addition to writing and directing the shows, Gervais played the lead roles of David Brent in The Office and Andy ...more

Age: 56

Birthplace: Reading, United Kingdom

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#18 on The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time

#49 on The Funniest People of All Time

#21 on The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time

#13 on Who Do You Wish Would Guest Star on the Muppet Show?

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Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
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William Francis "Bill" Nighy is an English actor. He worked in theatre and television before his first cinema role in 1981, and made his name in television with The Men's Room in 1991, in which he played the womaniser Prof. Mark Carleton, whose extramarital affairs kept him "vital". Nighy became known for his performance in Love Actually. Other notable roles in cinema include his portrayal of Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, as well as Viktor in the Underworld film series. He is also known for his roles in the films Lawless Heart, I Capture the Castle, Shaun of the Dead, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Notes on a ...more

Age: 68

Birthplace: Caterham, United Kingdom

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#27 on The Greatest British Actors of All Time

#26 on The Best English Actors of All Time

#27 on The Best Living English Actors

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Sacha Baron Cohen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
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Sacha Noam Baron Cohen is an English actor, comedian, and writer. A graduate of Christ's College, Cambridge, Baron Cohen is most widely known for creating and playing four fictional characters: Ali G, Borat Sagdiyev, Brüno Gehard and Admiral General Aladeen. In most of his routines, Baron Cohen's characters interact with unsuspecting people who do not realise they are being set up for comic situations and self-revealing ridicule. His other work includes voicing King Julien XIII in the Madagascar film series, starring in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Hugo and Les Misérables. He made a cameo as a BBC News Anchor in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. He will play an English ...more

Age: 46

Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

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