David Mitchell

David Mitchell

Date of birth: 14-07-1974
David Mitchell wanted to be a comedian ever since he was a schoolboy, and after going up to Cambridge in 1993 , he joined the famous Footlights troupe – eventually becoming president. It was in his first year of university that he met Robert Webb, when they were both auditioning for a student pantomime.

They wrote their first show – the First-World-War-based Millions Dead or Dying ( a wry look at the post-apocalyptic age with songs) – while at university, and took it to the 1997 Edinburgh fringe.

After graduating, they appeared in regular sketch nights on the London circuit, and wrote for a number of shows including Armstrong & Miller and Big Train. Theyreturned to Ediburgh with Shopping and St***-Up (1998), The Mitchell & Webb Story (1999) and The Mitchell & Webb Clones (2001)

Their first break into television came in 2000, on the short-lived BBC sketch show Bruiser, which led to their own show on the now-defunct Play UK the following year, The Mitchell and Webb Situation.

In 2003, they landed the roles that woul dmake their name, as flatmates Mark Corrigan (Mitchell) and Jeremy Usbourne (Webb) in the multi-award-winning Peep Show, written by Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain. In 2009, Mitchell won the Bafta for Best Comedy Performance for his work on the show – while Robert Webb wasn't even nominated. The show's sixth series is due out in 2009.

Alongside this, they continued to work on their own sketch series, first on Radio 4 with three series of That Mitchell and Webb, which trasferred to TV as That Mitchell and Webb Look and had three series by 2009, winning a Bafta for best comedy in 2007.

In 2006 the pair made their first tour, The Two Faces of Mitchell and Webb, which was nominated for best stage comedy at the the British Comedy Awards, and the following year their first film, Magicians, was release, while they also fronted Apple's Mac vs PC ads.

As a solo artist, Mitchell has appeared in countless panel shows, including hosting Radio 4 's The Unbelievable Truth. He also appeared in the 2001 Radio 4 sitcom Think the Unthinkable and the 2005 BBC updating of The Taming Of The Shrew and played the recurring character of Dr James Vine in the Jennifer Saunders sitcom Jam and Jerusalem.

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The Upstart Crow flies again

BBC orders a third series

The BBC has ordered a third series of Ben Elton’s Shakespeare comedy Upstart Crow.

The news was confirmed by the BBC Two continuity announcer at the end of tonight’s closing episode of the second series.

Six new episodes plus a Christmas special will air next year.

Writer Elton said: ‘I am so pleased that the BBC have decided to commission Upstart Crow Part 3. As Shakespeare himself proved with Henry IV, his very long play cycle about a not very interesting Henry,  if a thing’s worth doing, it’s worth doing thrice.’

David Mitchell, who plays Shakespeare, added: ‘I think I’m even pleaseder to be doing a third series of Upstart Crow than I was to be doing the second. In fact, given the choice, I would have done the third one second and saved the second till third. That would have made me pleasedest, but still, this is tremendous news.’

There will also be a Christmas special this year, featuring Emma Thompson as Queen Elizabeth I.

An average of 1.5million viewers have watched each episode in the current series, with more added on catch-up.

The starry ensemble cast includes Liza Tarbuck, Harry Enfield, Paula Wilcox, Rob Rouse, Gemma Whelan, Tim Downie, Spencer Jones and Mark Heap. And Noel Fielding made a cameo in the second series as songwriter Thomas Morley.

Upstart Crow is a BBC Studios production and was commissioned by BBC comedy commissioning controller Shane Allen. It will be directed by Richard Boden, produced by Gareth Edwards and the executive producer is Chris Sussman.

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Published: 16 Oct 2017

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Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2001

Mitchell and Webb Clones


Edinburgh Fringe 2011

BBC: The Unbelievable Truth


Edinburgh Fringe 2012

BBC: The Unbelievable Truth 2012


Edinburgh Fringe 2013

BBC: The Unbelievable Truth [2013]


Misc live shows

David Mitchell Live


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