Mathew Horne

Mathew Horne

Date of birth: 06-09-1978
Mat Horne studied drama at the University of Manchester, where he met Bruce Mackinnon, and formed a comedy double act, making the final of the So You Think You're Funny new act competition at the 2000 Edinburgh Festival.

His first TV appearance was in the obscure E4 show Noble and Silver: Get Off Me! in 2001, and he had a number of small roles until landing the part of RE teacher Ben Birkett in Channel 4's Teachers in 2004. He was a regular in the third series of The Catherine Tate Show in 2006, and starred in the BBC sitcom Roman's Empire the following year.

However his big break came with BBC Three hit Gavin & Stacey in 2007, which earned him a best male newcomer nomination at that year's British Comedy Awards. On the show, he struck up a friendship with co-star (and co-writer of the series) James Corden. They have since hosted Big Brother's Big Mouth together, as well as various awards ceremonies. Latterly they have been working together on a BBC sketch show, and a movie Lesbian Vampire Killers.

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Comedians join Dad's Army cast

Tom Rosenthal. Kevin Eldon and Mathew Horne sign up for the platoon

The full cast has been revealed for the remake of the missing episodes of Dad’s Army – with Tom Rosenthal. Kevin Eldon and Mathew Horne joining the platoon.

As Chortle reported in November,  Kevin R. McNally is to play Captain Mainwaring in the three episodes, which have not been seen since their original broadcast in 1969 as the BBC wiped the tapes.

Now the Gold channel, which is remaking the episodes, has revealed that Eldon will be playing Lance Corporal Jones, Horne will be Private Walker and Rosenthal will be Pike.

David Hayman, from Trial and Retribution and Taboo  will be  Private Frazer, while as previously announced Cold Feet’s Robert Bathurst will be playing Sergeant Wilson  and Bernard Cribbins is mild-mannered Private Godfrey.

The remakes will use the original scripts, which were written for the second series of Dad's Army by Jimmy Perry and David Croft. The epsiodes being recreated are: The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Walker, A Stripe for Frazer and Under Fire.

McNally is no stranger to dusting down old comedy episodes, having played Tony Hancock in remakes of the dour comedian’s shows on radio, TV and stage 

He said: ‘Now look here men, HQ tells me that three episodes of Dad's Army have gone missing. And it has fallen to us to step in and replace them. 

‘I have been asked to double for Captain Mainwaring and daunting as that may be, I accept the responsibility and look forward to leading the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard in three last pushes against the Jerries. I hope you'll join us and enjoy the ride.’

Bathurst previously played the man who played Wilson, John Le Mesurier,  in the 2011 BBC biopic Hattie, about the actor’s second wife Hattie Jacques.

He said: ‘ I've played soldiers before, but find I handle guns with all the bloodcurdling authority of Sergeant Wilson. I'm looking forward to playing him.

‘I hope we can honour Croft and Perry's lost episodes. It's a celebration of their writing, with understudies.

Cribbins, 90, added: ‘What a way to start the New Year. Back in khaki again - just like I was in 1947.’

Dad's Army: The Lost Episodes will air on Gold in 2019 to celebrate 50 years since the episodes were first broadcast.

The classic sitcom was remade as a film two years ago with Toby Jones as  Mainwaring, Bill Nighy as Wilson and Michael Gambon as Godfrey.

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Published: 16 Jan 2019

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DVD (2010)
Horne & Corden

Book (2008)
Gavin & Stacey

Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2001

Mat and Mackinnon: One

Edinburgh Fringe 2002

Mat and Mackinnon

Edinburgh Fringe 2006

Gizmo Love


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