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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
age 58 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 ...more

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Ricky Gervais is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 56 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 ...more

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Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 68 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 46 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: ...more

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Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 55 Craig Ferguson is a Scottish-born American television host, stand-up comedian, writer, actor, director, author, producer and voice artist. He was the host of The Late Late Show with Craig ...more

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Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 56 Emma Thompson is a British actress, comedienne, screenwriter and author. Cited as one of the greatest British actresses of her generation, she is known for her portrayals of reticent women in ...more

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Stephen Fry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 60 Stephen John Fry is an English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist. After a troubled childhood and adolescence, during which he was expelled from two schools and spent three months ...more

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Eddie Izzard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 56 Edward John "Eddie" Izzard is an English stand-up comedian, actor and writer. His comedic style takes the form of rambling, whimsical monologue and self-referential pantomime. He had a ...more

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Mike Myers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 54 Michael John "Mike" Myers is a Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter, and film producer, known for his run as a featured performer on Saturday Night Live from 1989 to 1995, and for ...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 was a British film actor, comedian and singer. He performed in the BBC Radio comedy series The Goon Show, featured on a number of hit comic songs and became known to a ...more

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Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 75 William "Billy" Connolly, CBE is a Scottish comedian, musician, presenter and actor. He is sometimes known, especially in his native Scotland, by the nickname "The Big Yin". ...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 was an English actor, comedian, musician and composer. Moore first came to prominence in the UK as one of the four writer-performers in the comedy revue Beyond the ...more

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Jimmy Carr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 45 James Anthony Patrick "Jimmy" Carr is an English stand-up comedian, television host and actor, known for his signature laugh, deadpan delivery, dark humour, and use of edgy one-liners. ...more

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Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 63 Rowan Sebastian Atkinson, CBE is an English actor, comedian, and screenwriter best known for his work on the sitcoms Mr. Bean and Blackadder. Atkinson first came to prominence in the sketch ...more

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Simon Pegg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 48 Simon John Pegg is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter, and film producer. Pegg is best known for having co-written and starred in the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy of films, consisting ...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 was an English comedian, writer, actor, and one of the six members of the surreal comedy group Monty Python.

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Stephen Merchant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 43 Stephen James Merchant is an English writer, director, radio presenter, comedian, and actor. He is best known for his collaborations with Ricky Gervais, as the co-writer and co-director of the ...more

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Terry Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 76 Terence Graham Parry "Terry" Jones is a British comedian, screenwriter, actor, film director and author. He is best known as a member of the Monty Python comedy team.

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Christopher Guest is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 67 Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest, better known as Christopher Guest, is an English-American screenwriter, composer, musician, director, actor, and comedian who holds dual British ...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 is an English comedian, actor, author, singer, writer and comedic composer. Idle is a member of the English surreal comedy group Monty Python, a member of the Rutles on Saturday Night ...more

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Jennifer Saunders is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 59 Jennifer Jane Saunders is an English comedian, screenwriter and actress. She has won three BAFTAs, an International Emmy Award, a British Comedy Award, a Rose d'Or Light Entertainment Festival ...more

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Steve Coogan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 52 Stephen John "Steve" Coogan is an English actor, stand-up comedian, impressionist, writer, and producer. He began his career in the 1980s, working as a voice artist on the satirical ...more

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Catherine Tate is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 49 Catherine Tate 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 well as being nominated for an ...more

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Jo Brand is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 60 Josephine Grace "Jo" Brand is an English comedian, writer and actress. Starting her entertainment career with a move from psychiatric nursing to the alternative comedy stand-up scene ...more

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Richard Ayoade is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 40 Richard Ellef Ayoade is an English comedian, actor, writer, TV presenter and director, best known for his roles as Dean Learner in Garth Marenghi's Darkplace and Maurice Moss in The IT Crowd. He ...more

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Marty Feldman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 48 (1934-1982) Martin Alan "Marty" Feldman was an English comedy writer, comedian and actor, easily identified by his bulbous and crooked eyes. He starred in several British television comedy series, ...more

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Peter Kay is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 44 Peter John Kay is an English comedian. His last stand-up comedy tour was officially inaugurated into the Guinness World Records as the most successful of all time, playing to over 1.2 million ...more

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Bruce Forsyth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 90 Sir Bruce Joseph Forsyth-Johnson CBE, commonly known as Bruce Forsyth, is an English television presenter and entertainer whose career spans 75 years. In 2012, the Guinness World Records ...more

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Dawn French is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 60 Dawn Roma French is an English actress, writer, and comedian, best known for starring in and writing for the comedy sketch show French and Saunders with comedy partner Jennifer Saunders and for ...more

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Alan Carr is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 41 Alan Graham Carr is an English comedian and television personality. He was born in Weymouth, Dorset and spent most of his childhood in Northampton before moving to Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester ...more

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Russell Howard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 38 Russell Joseph Howard is an English comedian and presenter best known for his TV show Russell Howard's Good News and his appearances on the topical panel TV show Mock the Week. He won "Best ...more

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Frankie Boyle is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 45 Francis Martin Patrick "Frankie" Boyle is a Scottish comedian and writer, well known for his pessimistic and often controversial sense of humour. He was a permanent panellist on the ...more

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Tommy Cooper is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 63 (1921-1984) Thomas Frederick "Tommy" Cooper was a British prop comedian and magician. Cooper was a member of the Magic Circle, and respected by traditional magicians. He was famed for his red fez, ...more

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Richard Dawson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 80 (1932-2012) Richard Dawson was an English-American actor and comedian, and a game show host and panelist in the United States. Dawson was well known for playing Corporal Peter Newkirk on Hogan's Heroes, ...more

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Charlie Brooker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 47 Charlton "Charlie" Brooker is an English satirist and broadcaster. He has worked in television, radio, print and online media. In addition to writing credits for programmes such as ...more

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Laurel and Hardy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
Laurel and Hardy were a comedy double act during the early Classical Hollywood era of American cinema. The team was composed of thin Englishman, Stan Laurel and heavyset American, Oliver Hardy. ...more

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Jonathan Ross is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 57 Jonathan Stephen Ross, OBE is an English television and radio presenter; best known for presenting the BBC One chat show Friday Night with Jonathan Ross during the 2000s. Ross also hosted his ...more

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Noel Fielding is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 44 Noel Fielding is an English comedian, actor, artist, DJ and musician. Fielding is best known for playing Vince Noir in The Mighty Boosh, which he co-wrote with co-star and comedy partner, Julian ...more

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Rob Brydon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 52 Robert Brydon Jones, MBE, known as Rob Brydon, is a Welsh actor, comedian, radio and television presenter, singer and impressionist. He played Dr Paul Hamilton in the Australian/British comedy ...more

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Griff Rhys Jones is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 64 Griff Rhys Jones is a Welsh comedian, writer, actor and television presenter. He starred in a number of television series with his comedy partner Mel Smith. Rhys Jones came to national attention ...more

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Bill Bailey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 54 Bill Bailey is an English comedian, musician, actor, TV and radio presenter and author. As well as his extensive stand-up work, Bailey is well known for his role in Black Books and for his ...more

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Stewart Lee is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 49 Stewart Lee is an English stand-up comedian, writer, director and musician. He made his name in the mid-1990s as one half of the radio duo Lee and Herring, a success followed through with ...more

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David Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 43 David James Stuart Mitchell is a British actor, comedian and writer. He is half of the comedy duo Mitchell and Webb, alongside Robert Webb, whom he met at Cambridge University. There they were ...more

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Victoria Wood is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 64 Victoria Wood CBE is an English comedian, actor, singer-songwriter, screenwriter and director. Wood has written and starred in sketches, plays, films and sitcoms, and her live comedy act is ...more

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Tracey Ullman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 58 Tracey Ullman is an English-American stage and television actress, comedian, singer, dancer, director, author, and screenwriter of dual British and American citizenship. Her early appearances ...more

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Richard Herring is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 50 Richard Keith Herring is a British comedian and writer, whose early work includes the comedy double-act Lee and Herring. He is described by the British Theatre Guide as "one of the leading ...more

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Paul Merton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 60 Paul James Martin, known as Paul Merton is a British writer, actor, comedian, radio and television presenter. Known for his improvisation skill, his humour is rooted in deadpan, surreal and ...more

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Paul O'Grady is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 62 Paul James Michael O'Grady, MBE is an English comedian, television presenter, actor, writer and radio disc-jockey. He rose to prominence in the United Kingdom for his comedic drag queen ...more

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Rhod Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
age 49 Rhodri "Rhod" Paul Gilbert is a Welsh comedian who was nominated in 2005 for the Perrier Best Newcomer Award. In 2008, he was nominated for the main if.comedy. Gilbert appears on ...more

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Peter Ustinov is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Comedians from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 83 (1921-2004) Sir Peter Alexander Ustinov, CBE was an English actor, writer and dramatist. He was also renowned as a filmmaker, theatre and opera director, stage designer, author, screenwriter, comedian, ...more