Jeremy Dyson

Jeremy Dyson

Date of birth: 14-06-1966
Jeremy Dyson is the non-performing member of The League Of Gentlemen, alongside Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith.

They net at Bretton Hall drama school in their late teens, and began performing a sketch show at London’s Cockpit Theatre in 1995, soon afterwards landing a residency at the Canal Café pub theatre, which compelled them to create new material at a fast pace.

In 1997 they won the Perrier, and their subsequent radio series On the Town with The League of Gentlemen, set in the fictional town of Spent, won a Sony Award.

In 1999 the League moved to television – and Royston Vasey – with subsequent series in 2000 (including a typically sinister Christnmas special) and 2002; plus a feature-length film, The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse, in 2005.

On stage, they toured large regional theatres in 2000, had a six-week run at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in spring 2003, and toured a pantomime-themed show The League of Gentlemen Are Behind You in 2005.

Born in Leeds, Dyson went to Leeds Grammar School before studying philosophy at Leeds University and later an MA in screenwriting at the Northern School of Film and Television.

He has published a novel, What Happens Now, a collection of short stories, Never Trust A Rabbit, and several books about horror films.

Outside of the League Of Gentlemen he co-created the BBC Three series Funland, with Simon Ashdown.

Dyson also performs with the Leeds-based band Rudolf Rocker.

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The League Of Gentlemen to tour in 2018

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The League Of Gentlemen are to embark on a live tour next year.

The news follows the three new 20th anniversary specials which BBC Two will air next week.

Reece Shearsmith told the i newspaper today: ‘I think it’s at its best live. 

‘I think it felt the most alive in the fact that we could play with that uncomfortableness – when it would get really dark and the audience would think, "This is awful now, please make it stop", and then you punctuate it with a laugh. The relief would be palpable.’

The show started as a live act in London’s Canal Cafe Theatre, with Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss, and writer Jeremy Dyson winning the Perrier at the 1997 Edinburgh Fringe.

They subsequently toured several shows, releasing DVDs of their live performances in 2001 and 2005. 

The three new League Of Gentlemen specials are due to be broadcast on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Click here for a gallery from the shows and here for interviews with the team.

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Published: 14 Dec 2017

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