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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, 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 57
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 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 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 56
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 59
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 61
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 57
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 55
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 76
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 46
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 64
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 49
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, Hot Fuzz, ...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 44
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 77
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 60
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 53
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 50
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 61
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 41
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