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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. {#nodes}
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    Hugh Laurie

    BirthplaceOxford, United Kingdom

    James Hugh Calum Laurie, (; born 11 June 1959) is an English actor, director, singer,... more on Wikipedia
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    Ricky Gervais

    BirthplaceReading, United Kingdom

    Ricky Dene Gervais (; born 25 June 1961) is an English stand-up comedian, actor, director,... more on Wikipedia

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    Bill Nighy

    Bill Nighy

    Age: 66

    BirthplaceCaterham, England

    William Francis "Bill" Nighy is an English actor. He worked in theatre and television before... more on Wikipedia

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    Sacha Baron Cohen

    BirthplaceEngland, London

    Sacha Noam Baron Cohen (born 13 October 1971) is an English actor, comedian, writer, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Craig Ferguson

    BirthplaceSpringburn, United Kingdom

    Craig Ferguson (born 17 May 1962) is a Scottish-American television host, comedian, author,... more on Wikipedia

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    Emma Thompson

    BirthplaceEngland, London, Paddington

    Dame Emma Thompson (born 15 April 1959) is an English actress, screenwriter, activist,... more on Wikipedia

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    Stephen Fry

    BirthplaceEngland, London, Hampstead

    Stephen John Fry (born 24 August 1957) is an English actor, comedian and writer. He and Hugh... more on Wikipedia
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    Eddie Izzard

    BirthplaceColony of Aden

    Edward John Izzard (; born 7 February 1962) is an English stand-up comedian, actor, writer,... more on Wikipedia
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    Mike Myers

    Mike Myers

    Age: 57

    BirthplaceScarborough, Toronto, Canada

    Michael John Myers (born May 25, 1963) is a Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Peter Sellers

    Peter Sellers

    Dec. at 55 (1925-1980)

    BirthplaceSouthsea, England

    Peter Sellers, CBE (born Richard Henry Sellers; 8 September 1925 – 24 July 1980) was an... more on Wikipedia

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    Billy Connolly


    Sir William Connolly, (born 24 November 1942) is a Scottish stand-up comedian, musician,... more on Wikipedia
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    Dudley Moore

    Dudley Moore

    Dec. at 67 (1935-2002)

    BirthplaceHammersmith, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England

    Dudley Stuart John Moore, CBE (19 April 1935 – 27 March 2002) was an English actor, comedian,... more on Wikipedia

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    Jimmy Carr

    Jimmy Carr

    Age: 48

    BirthplaceLondon Borough of Hounslow, London, United Kingdom

    James Anthony Patrick Carr (born 15 September 1972) is an English stand-up comedian,... more on Wikipedia

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    Rowan Atkinson

    BirthplaceConsett, United Kingdom

    Rowan Sebastian Atkinson (born January 6, 1955), CBE is an English actor, comedian, and... more on Wikipedia

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    Simon Pegg

    Simon Pegg

    Age: 45

    BirthplaceBrockworth, United Kingdom

    Simon John Pegg (né Beckingham; born 14 February 1970) is an English actor, comedian,... more on Wikipedia

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    Graham Chapman

    Graham Chapman

    Dec. at 48 (1941-1989)

    BirthplaceStoneygate, United Kingdom

    Graham Arthur Chapman (8 January 1941 – 4 October 1989) was an English comedian, writer,... more on Wikipedia
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    Stephen Merchant

    BirthplaceHanham, United Kingdom

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    Terry Jones

    BirthplaceColwyn Bay, United Kingdom

    Terence Graham Parry Jones (February 1, 1942 - January 21, 2020) is a Welsh actor, writer,... more on Wikipedia

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    Christopher Guest

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest (born February 5, 1948) is a British-American... more on Wikipedia

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    Eric Idle

    Eric Idle

    Age: 77

    BirthplaceSouth Shields, United Kingdom

    Eric Idle (born 29 March 1943) is an English comedian, actor, voice actor, author,... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Jennifer Saunders

    BirthplaceSleaford, United Kingdom

    Jennifer Jane Saunders (born 6 July 1958) is an English comedian, screenwriter, singer and... more on Wikipedia

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    Steve Coogan

    BirthplaceMiddleton, United Kingdom

    Stephen John Coogan (; born 14 October 1965) is an English actor, comedian, and producer. He... more on Wikipedia

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    Catherine Tate

    BirthplaceChiswick, London, England

    Catherine Tate (born Catherine Ford; 12 May 1968) is an English comedian, actress, and writer.... more on Wikipedia
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    Jo Brand

    Jo Brand

    Age: 63

    BirthplaceWandsworth, London, United Kingdom

    Josephine Grace Brand (born 23 July 1957) is an English comedian, writer, presenter and... more on Wikipedia
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    Richard Ayoade

    BirthplaceEngland, London

    Richard Ellef Ayoade (, born 23 May 1977) is an English comedian, actor, singer, writer,... more on Wikipedia

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