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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Fans praise Upstart Crow's emotional finale

'The most tragic, beautifully done ending since Blackadder Goes Forth'

Upstart Crow fans have praised the third series finale after it ended with the heartbreaking death of William Shakespeare’s 11-year-old son.

Viewers drew parallels with writer Ben Elton’s final scenes of Blackadder Goes Forth as the playwright, played by David Mitchell, had to come to terms with the loss of Hamnet.

The Bard learns the news that he has succumbed to the plague after returning home to Stratford after a theatrical awards bash in London.

On learning to the news, Shakespeare rages against an unjust God, but ultimately reassures his wife Anne (Lisa Tarbuck) that Hamnett would live on after they look to him for succour.

The five-minute scene is based on the real-life death of Shakespeare’s only son in 1596, which scholars say had a profound effect on his work.  He also had two daughters: Susanna and Hamnet’s twin sister Judith.

Viewers took to Twitter to praise the scene.

Emily Whitehouse write: ‘Wonderful final episode of #UpstartCrow this evening. Such a heart-rending last scene, the bitter poignancy starkly juxtaposed with the comedy beforehand. Had a similar effect as that very last scene of Blackadder. Great writing from Ben Elton, respectfully performed by the cast.’

Rhianna Evans tweeted that is was ‘the most tragic, beautifully done ending since Blackadder Goes Forth and the Mitchell & Webb Old Holmes sketch. The best comedies are the ones that are brave enough to make us cry as well as laugh’

Zarina Kapasi said: ‘Well I was not expecting the last episode of #UpstartCrow to have me in floods of tears. The last few minutes were utterly heartbreaking.’

Adrian McMenamin added: ‘Terribly sad end to Upstart Crow. Brilliant writing from Ben Elton, of course.’

And Margaret Evans tweeted to David Mitchell: ‘Thank you for a very touching Upstart Crow this evening. I knew Hamnett would die but I thought as it was a comedy that you and Ben Elton would miss it out in some way. But you didn't and it was wonderful the way you dealt with it. Teary thanks.’

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Published: 3 Oct 2018

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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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