Mark Gatiss

Mark Gatiss

Date of birth: 17-10-1966
Darlington-born Mark Gatiss is a quarter of The League Of Gentlemen alongside Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith and Jeremy Dyson (who writes, but does not perform)

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.

Outside of the League, Gatiss has written for the revival of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), script edited Little Britain and appeared in Nighty Night, Footballer’s Wives and the BBC One 2006 adaptation of Wind In The Willows, as Ratty, among many other roles. He’s also appeared in the West End play art in 2003, alongside his League Of Gentlemen costars.

In 2006, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters by the University of Huddersfield

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Precious things!

League Of Gentlemen released on vinyl for the first time

The original League Of Gentlemen radio and TV series are to be released on vinyl for the first time – and in a particularly classy package.

Special Stuff will comprise 12 heavyweight coloured LPs, packaged as four triple-gatefold sets featuring original artwork by Graham Humphreys, the illustrator known for classic horror film posters including The Evil Dead and the Nightmare on Elm Street series.

Created in conjunction with  Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, the Demon Records release includes the original BBC radio series On The Town  and audio versions of every episode of the first three TV series, which aired in 1999, 2000 and 2002.

The team have also provided exclusive sleeve notes for the release.

Dyson said: ‘What is this bastard child you hold in your hand? This strange hybrid format, a vinyl LP of a television comedy series which is available on DVD and digital download. Why would you want to own such a thing, the sound without the pictures? What’s the matter with you?’

The 12-disc set will be released in November, priced £139.99, and is available to order here.

The package also includes an exclusive one-sided pressing of Creme Brulee’s Voodoo Lady, as well as a photo signed by the League  and four 12-inch square prints of the album covers.

News of the release coincides with the troupe heading back on the road on a comeback tour, inspired by the successful revival of the TV show for a three-part special last Christmas.

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Published: 10 Aug 2018

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