Chris Addison

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Chris Addison is a critically acclaimed, Perrier Award-nominated stand-up, celebrated for his versatility, his pacey, energetic routines and faultless delivery.  A renowned actor, Chris’s most notable role was as Oliver Reeder for the four-series run of The Thick of It and as Toby Wright in the subsequent feature, In The Loop.

In recent years, he has proved himself as a director, after thirteen episodes of the Emmy-award winning Veep (HBO) under his belt, following his successful direction of an episode of The Thick of It. Established now in this field, 2017 saw him back in LA at the helm of an episode of Fox’s Fresh Off the Boat and two episodes of NBC’s Playing House. Chris has become one of the few British directing talents working for an American studio. He is currently making his Hollywood feature debut, a significant step up on the directorial ladder, as the director of MGM’s new Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake, titled The Hustle, starring Hollywood heavyweights Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson. The Hustle will be released later in the year.

In 2015, Chris won an Emmy for his role as Co-Exec Producer on the fourth series of Veep, followed by a second win in 2016 as Supervising Producer on the fifth. Furthermore, in 2016, he won the Director’s Guild Award for director of a comedy series for the finale of Series 4 of the show, and has been Emmy-nominated twice for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series (Series 4 Finale in 2015; and Series 5 Episode 1 in 2016).

As well as producing and directing, he also has an impressive array of writing credits to his name. Chris worked on Veep from the second to fifth series. In Spring 2014, Chris starred in new comedy Trying Again (Sky Living), which he co-created with Simon Blackwell. Chris played the lead role opposite Jo Joyner in this charming sitcom about a couple trying to mend their relationship after an affair. He is currently writing various other exciting projects, all in development.

Along with Trying Again in 2014, at the end of the same year Chris appeared in three episodes of Doctor Who (BBC 1), including the finale, alongside Peter Capaldi in his debut series as the Twelfth Doctor. The previous year saw Chris starring in Michael Winterbottom’s film The Look of Love, alongside Steve Coogan and Anna Friel: an impressive biopic about the life of porn and property baron Paul Raymond, released in April 2013. Chris returned to our screens as Olly for a fourth series of The Thick of It (BBC 2) in 2012, for which he received a British Comedy Award nomination for Best Newcomer. This was followed by his big screen debut in Academy Award nominated In The Loop, an exciting, fast paced political comedy that looks at what happens when the people in power realise their careers are on the line. Chris also featured in the fourth, fifth and sixth series of Skins (E4) as headmaster David Blood.

Outside of these various projects, Chris has been involved with the Royal Opera House, performing in L’Étoile in 2016 and introducing Shostakovich’s The Nose in the same year, and in early June 2017 he appeared on BBC Radio 3’s Essential Classics for a week. In March 2018, Chris will be seen hosting the Glyndebourne Opera Cup on Sky Arts alongside opera singer Danielle de Niese.

From 2010-14, Chris was a regular panellist on Mock The Week (BBC 2), solidifying his household name status as a comedian. In 2011 Chris hosted an episode of Dave’s One Night Stand and authored an episode of My Funniest Year for Channel 4. Chris released his first DVD Chris Addison LIVE in Autumn 2011 before going on tour with his new live show The Time is Now, Again, the second leg of which extended into 2012. His previous live shows in Edinburgh were sell-out successes, with Perrier Award nominations for his 2004 and 2005 shows.

Chris has made various other TV appearances, including 8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown (Channel 4), Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled (Dave), Live at the Apollo (BBC1), Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (BBC1), QI (BBC2), Would I Lie To You (BBC1), The Great British Bake-Off: An Extra Slice (BBC2), 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4), Insert Name Here (BBC2) and We Love Sitcom (BBC1). He has also appeared frequently as a panellist, and as a host, on Have I Got News For You (BBC 1). He also hosted the comedy chat show Show and Tell (E4) in 2011.

Chris’ radio experience is also extensive, hosting 7 Day Sunday until 2011 on Radio 5 Live. He also hosted The Sunday Night Show on Absolute while covering for usual presenter Iain Lee. He also appears regularly on shows such as The News Quiz, Quote UnquoteThe Unbelievable TruthJust a Minute, and Armando Ianucci’s Charm Offensive.

Chris’ talent as a writer was fully established by his sitcom Lab Rats for BBC 2, which he wrote and starred in. He has also written two books: Cautionary Tales for Grown Ups and It Wasn’t Me. His further television writing credits include: Harry Hill’s TV Burp (ITV1) and TFI Friday (Channel 4). He won a Sony Radio Academy Award in 2006 for his radio show The Ape That Got Lucky (Radio 4) and enjoyed critical acclaim as one third of comedy show The Department (Radio 4).

“The best stand-up I’ve seen”
The Observer

“Chris Addison is a gifted comic, a terrific technician whom you would trust to win over pretty much any room.”
The Times

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