Simon Bird

Simon Bird

Simon Bird started his comedy career with the Cambridge Footlights in 2004, as a writer of their touring show Beyond A Joke. He appered in 2005 show Under The Blue, Blue Moon and 2006's Niceties.

He took part in Chortle's national student comedy awards for four years in a row: 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, coming second in his final attempt with a routine mocking his repeat entries.

He played the part of Will in E4’s comedy The Inbetweeners, alongside Joe Thomas, which won him the British Comedy Award for best newcomer in 2008, and became the biggest British comedy hit when it was turned into a movie.

The pair also had a sketch group, House Of Windsor, with Johhny Sweet, which span off into the TV series Cowards.

He landed a central role in the Channel 4 sitcom Friday Night Dinner in 2011, as one of two Jewish twentysomething brothers (alongside Tom Rosenthal) who revert to childhood roles at the weekly family meal. And he hosted the BBC Three panel game The King Is Dead.

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No wonder the Inbetweeners' awkwardness was so real...

Emily Atack on filming with Simon Bird

comedyIt is a classic comedy scene depicting an awkward teenage sexual encounter.

And now Emily Atack has revealed that the intimate moment with Simon Bird on the set of The Inbetweeners was barely less uncomfortable in real life.

She said the main problem was that she was 17 at the time of filming while Bird was in his late 20s – despite playing sixth-former Will.

Speaking to Rob Brydon on his podcast, Emily said: 'He had to get on top of me and I remember thinking I'm going to have to say something to break the ice, and I said, "How does it feel being on top of a 17-year-old?"

'He was like, "You're 17! Oh my God." He was mortified.'

Here’s the scene:

Atack, who played Charlotte Hinchcliffe, also spilled the beans on how Bird and co-stars James Buckley, Blake Harrison and Joe Thomas, managed to look much younger than their real ages.

She said: 'Every time I walked into the dressing rooms they were having their chests shaved.'

Here's footage of the interview, which is available in full on Spotify

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Published: 1 Apr 2022

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Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2006

Cambridge Footlights: Niceties

Edinburgh Fringe 2007

House Of Windsor

Edinburgh Fringe 2008



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