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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C4 orders a sixth helping of Friday Night Dinner

Comedy to return next year

Channel 4 has ordered a sixth series of Friday Night Dinner.

Tamsin Greig, Paul Ritter, Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal will all return as the Goodman Family, with Mark Heap as Jim. 

Robert Popper, who created the series, joked: I’m really looking forward to exploring new avenues with series 6. 

‘Inspector de Vries (Paul Ritter) will still be working on the Rynsburger case, but this time he's joined by new partner-in-crime, Mees Janssen (Tom Rosenthal), fresh out of Rotterdam Police Academy. Eva de Bruin (Tamsin Greig) is now trying to regain control of her pharmaceutical company, after an aggressive takeover-bid by the always-cunning Sem Teuling (Simon Bird). But can "Vos’" (Mark Heap) and his faithful dog, "de Welson" save the day?"

Kenton Allen, chief executive of programme-makers Big Talk added: ‘Friday Night Dinner has grown into a monster hit for Channel 4 and it’s incredibly exciting to see the audience growing every season as new viewers fall in love with the antics of the Goodman household. 

‘It’s also incredible that Robert has singlehandedly written and produced all 31 episodes so far, which must make him one of the most prolific comedy writer/producers working today.  We’re incredibly grateful to Channel 4 for letting him have another go. Fingers crossed!"

The show launched in 2011 with 2.31 million viewers for its opening episode, while the first episode in season five attracted an audience of 2.6million. Overall the last series series averaged 1.9million per episode up 19 per cent on the average for that Channel 4 slot.

The new six part series will shoot later this year and airing 2020

Production credits

Made by: Big Talk Productions and Popper Pictures
Written and produced by: Robert Popper,
Executive producers: Kenton Allen and Caroline Leddy
Director: Martin Dennis

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Published: 13 May 2019

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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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