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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Pls Like gets a third series

With Simon Bird joining as director

The BBC has ordered a third series of Pls Like, its mockumentary series spoofing online influencers

And Inbetweeners and Friday Night Dinner star Simon Bird has joined the project, as director of the six new 15-minute episodes.

Meanwhile, Liam Williams returns as the struggling documentary maker, with Tim Key back as  self-professed 'influencer tsar', James Wirm.

Pls Like Key and Williams

Emma Sidi, Jon Pointing, Arnab Chanda, Tom Stourton are also back, while Graham Dickson  joins the cast as the government's new Minister for Influencers alongside fellow newcomers Jonathan Livingstone, Eleanor Nawal, Seb Cardinal, Sam Campbell,, Mark Silcox, and Kemah Bob.

Pls Like Williams and Silcox

Williams, who also writes the show, said: ‘It was a privilege to be able to make this series with such a talented and epidemiologically-conscious cast and crew. 

‘I stayed metres away from everybody else, washed my hands constantly, and didn't hug anybody the whole time. So just a normal shoot for me really.’

Pls Like Williams and Campbell

In the new series  his character, also called Liam, undertakes a series of challenges, including helping a greasy spoon appeal to hip Instagrammers, saving a struggling art gallery with a TikTok exhibition, and commentating on a YouTuber boxing match – all in the hope that what he learns can help him attract a younger audience for his passion project - a politically-charged  time-travel movie called Squad Coals.

Pls Like Key

Ben Caudell, the commissioning editor for BBC Comedy added: ‘After a year when we’ve all been online more than ever, Liam’s brilliant satire on influencers and the influenced couldn’t be more timely. 

‘It’s a comic must-watch, if you can muster the strength to drag your eyes off your phone for a few fleeting moments.’

The new series, which drops on BBC iPlayer January 24, is Bird’s TV directorial debut, following his first big-screen venture  Days Of The Bagnold Summer last year.

Pls Like’s third season will also get a BBC One broadcast later, while all previous episodes from series 1 and 2 will also be made available to watch on iPlayer.

Pls Like Millipede social media post

The comedy, made by Baby Cow, first launched in 2017. The following year  it was nominated for a Bafta and won the Broadcast Digital Awards for Best Short Form Comedy.

Pls Like Cardinal in photo studio

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Published: 13 Jan 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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