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Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom

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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.

Use this list of renowned British comedians to discover some new comedians that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (299 items)
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Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 59
James Hugh Calum Laurie, (; born 11 June 1959) is an English actor, director, singer, musician, comedian and author. Laurie first gained recognition for his work as one half of the comedy double ...more

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Ricky Gervais is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 57
Ricky Dene Gervais (; born 25 June 1961) is an English stand-up comedian, actor, director, screenwriter, and singer. Gervais worked initially in the music industry, attempting a career as a pop ...more

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Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 69
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, ...more

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Sacha Baron Cohen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 47
Sacha Noam Baron Cohen (Hebrew: סשה נועם ברון כהן‎; born 13 October 1971) is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter, director and film producer. He is known for creating and portraying many ...more

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Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 56
Craig Ferguson (born 17 May 1962) is a Scottish-American television host, comedian, author, and actor. He hosted the syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game (2014–17), for which he won two ...more

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Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 59
Dame Emma Thompson (born 15 April 1959) is an English actress, screenwriter, activist, author, and comedian. One of the UK's most acclaimed actresses, she often portrays enigmatic and matronly ...more

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Stephen Fry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 61
Stephen John Fry (born 24 August 1957) is an English actor, comedian and writer. He and Hugh Laurie are the comic double act Fry and Laurie, who starred in A Bit of Fry & Laurie and Jeeves ...more

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Eddie Izzard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 57
Edward John Izzard (; born 7 February 1962) is an English stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and political activist. His comedic style takes the form of rambling whimsical monologue and ...more

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Mike Myers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 55
Michael John Myers (born May 25, 1963) is a Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer who holds Canadian, British, and American citizenship. He is known for his run as a performer on ...more

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Peter Sellers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 55 (1925-1980)
Peter Sellers, CBE (born Richard Henry Sellers; 8 September 1925 – 24 July 1980) was an English film actor, comedian and singer. He performed in the BBC Radio comedy series The Goon Show, ...more

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Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 76
Sir William Connolly, (born 24 November 1942) is a Scottish stand-up comedian, musician, presenter, actor and artist. He is sometimes known, especially in his homeland, by the Scots nickname ...more

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Dudley Moore is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 67 (1935-2002)
Dudley Stuart John Moore, CBE (19 April 1935 – 27 March 2002) was an English actor, comedian, musician and composer. Moore first came to prominence in the UK as one of the four writer-performers ...more

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Jimmy Carr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 46
James Anthony Patrick Carr (born 15 September 1972) is an English stand-up comedian, presenter, writer, and actor who holds both British and Irish citizenship. He is known for his deadpan ...more

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Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 64
Rowan Sebastian Atkinson (born January 6, 1955), CBE is an English actor, comedian, and screenwriter best known for his work on the sitcoms Mr. Bean and Blackadder. Atkinson first came to ...more

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Simon Pegg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 49
Simon John Pegg (né Beckingham; born 14 February 1970) is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. Pegg came to public prominence in Britain as the co-creator of the ...more

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Graham Chapman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 48 (1941-1989)
Graham Arthur Chapman (8 January 1941 – 4 October 1989) was an English comedian, writer, actor, author, and one of the six members of the British surreal comedy group Monty Python. He played ...more

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Stephen Merchant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 44
Stephen James Merchant (born 24 November 1974) is an English-American writer, director, radio presenter, comedian and actor. Merchant is best known for his collaborations with Ricky Gervais and ...more

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Terry Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 77
Terence Graham Parry Jones (February 1, 1942 - January 21, 2020) is a Welsh actor, writer, comedian, film director and historian was a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. After graduating ...more

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Christopher Guest is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 71
Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest (born February 5, 1948) is a British-American screenwriter, composer, musician, director, actor, and comedian who holds dual British and American ...more

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Eric Idle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 75
Eric Idle (born 29 March 1943) is an English comedian, actor, voice actor, author, singer-songwriter, musician, writer, and comedic composer. Idle was a member of the British surreal comedy ...more

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Jennifer Saunders is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 60
Jennifer Jane Saunders (born 6 July 1958) is an English comedian, screenwriter, singer and actress. She has won three BAFTAs (including the BAFTA Fellowship), a British Comedy Award, a Rose d'Or ...more

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Steve Coogan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 53
Stephen John Coogan (; born 14 October 1965) is an English actor, comedian, and producer. He began his career in the 1980s, working as a voice artist on the satirical puppet show Spitting Image ...more

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Catherine Tate is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 50
Catherine Tate (born Catherine Ford; 12 May 1968) is an English comedian, actress, and writer. She has won numerous awards for her work on the sketch comedy series The Catherine Tate Show as ...more

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Jo Brand is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 61
Josephine Grace Brand (born 23 July 1957) is an English comedian, writer, presenter and actress. Starting her entertainment career with a move from psychiatric nursing to the alternative comedy ...more

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Richard Ayoade is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 41
Richard Ellef Ayoade (, born 23 May 1977) is an English comedian, actor, singer, writer, director and television presenter. He is best known for his role as the socially awkward IT technician ...more

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