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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, ...more

Age: 57

Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom

Profession: Television director, Television producer, Musician, Actor, Author, + more

Credits: House M.D., Tomorrowland, Stuart Little, Monsters vs. Aliens

Also Ranked

#25 on The Best English Actors of All Time

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

#17 on The Best Living English Actors

#17 on Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book

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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 ...more

Age: 55

Birthplace: Reading, United Kingdom

Profession: Television director, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more

Credits: The Office, The Invention of Lying, Cemetery Junction, Ricky Gervais: Out of England - The Stand-Up Special

Also Ranked

#49 on The Funniest People of All Time

#19 on The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time

#97 on The Best TV Actors of All Time

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

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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 ...more

Age: 67

Birthplace: Caterham, United Kingdom

Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Love Actually, Hot Fuzz, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Also Ranked

#27 on The Best English Actors of All Time

#26 on The Best Living English Actors

#26 on The Greatest British Actors of All Time

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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 ...more

Age: 45

Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Fashion Model, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more

Credits: Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, Brüno, The Dictator, Ali G Indahouse

Also Ranked

#60 on The Funniest People of All Time

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

#54 on The Funniest Jewish Comedians And Actors

#11 on The Best Ever Howard Stern Interviews

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