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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Simon Bird and Jonny Sweet sign BBC deal

Studios arm to develop and produce their programme ideas

BBC Studios has signed a major deal with comedians, Simon Bird and Jonny Sweet to develop, produce and distribute any future shows they come up with.

The pair have worked together since their student days in Cambridge, and previously co-wrote and starred in Sky One comedy Chickens - while their individual  credits include The Inbetweeners, Friday Night Dinner and Johnny English.

 Under the new deal, the BBC’s commercial production arm will  take global rights on all new scripted television programmes they make with Bird and Sweet’s newly formed production company People Person Picture.

Josh Cole, head of comedy at BBC Studios Production, said: ‘We are long-time admirers of Simon and Jonny’s work – they are not only exceptionally gifted writers and performers but also producers, working closely with the industry’s most exciting, emerging comic talent. We’ve wanted this to happen for a long time and can’t wait to get started.’

Fellow BBC Studios executive Jonathan Blyth, added: ‘There is strong international appetite for Simon and Jonny’s warm and irreverent brand of comedy. We are thrilled to be partnering with them to help bring their brilliant projects to life for both UK and global audiences.’

And in a statement, Bird and Sweet added: ‘BBC Studios has been the beating heart of British comedy for decades and we’re humbled to be joining its ranks. 

We look forward to continuing the work we started at Guilty Party Pictures, putting writers and comedians at the centre of the production process, to create inventive, diverse, high-quality television’

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Published: 30 Jun 2021

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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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