Daniel Rigby

Daniel Rigby (born 6 December 1982)[1] is an English actor and comedian. He received a BAFTA TV Award for his leading role as Eric Morecambe in the 2011 television film Eric and Ernie.

Daniel Rigby
Born (1982-12-06) 6 December 1982 (age 40)
EducationCheadle Hulme School
Occupation(s)Actor, comedian
Years active2004–present

Early lifeEdit

Rigby was born in Stockport, Greater Manchester.[citation needed] He attended Cheadle Hulme School[2] and then studied performing arts at Stockport College. He then enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.[3]


Rigby has worked as a stand-up comedian, having appeared at the Latitude Festival, won the 2007 Laughing Horse New Act of the Year, and been a nominee for winner of the 2007 So You Think You're Funny competition. In 2007, he moved to television roles with the BBC period drama Lilies.[4] In 2011, Rigby won the BAFTA for Best Actor for his performance as late comedian Eric Morecambe in Eric and Ernie, beating both Matt Smith and Benedict Cumberbatch for their roles as the Doctor and Sherlock Holmes.[5] From 2011 until 2014 Rigby voiced[6] Copenhagen in three Series of the BBC Radio 4 comedy Warhorses of Letters alongside Stephen Fry. He performed in Tom Basden's Holes at the Arcola Theatre in London from 16 July to 9 August 2014 alongside Mathew Baynton.

In 2015 he narrated the reboot of the BBC children's television series Teletubbies.[7] In March 2017 he won the best actor award at the Manchester Theatre Awards for his performance as Alan Turing in Breaking the Code at the Royal Exchange, Manchester.

In 2019 he voiced the title role in the Radio 4 sitcom ReincarNathan, alongside Diane Morgan and Josh Widdicombe.[8]

In 2021 Rigby wrote and performed the highly rated audiobook novel Isaac Steele and the Forever Man.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Flyboys Ives
2008 Stand Up John J. Jones Short film
2011 Chloe and Will's Hot Date Night Will Short film
2017 The Kidnapping of Richard Franco Brian Short film
2017 Sump PC Clarke Short film
2018 Careful How You Go Short film


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Lilies Billy Moss 7 episodes
2008 Spooks: Code 9 David Episode: "Hackers"
2009 The Street James Episode: "Past Life"
2011 Ideal Hugh Episode: "The Love"
2011 Eric and Ernie Eric Morecambe BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor
2012–2014 BT adverts Simon
2013 Agatha Christie's Marple Canon Prescott Episode: "A Caribbean Mystery"
2013 Black Mirror Jamie Salter / Waldo Episode: "The Waldo Moment"
2013–2014 Big School Mr. Luke Martin 2 series; 5 episodes
2014 From There to Here Charlie 3 episodes
2014 That Day We Sang Mr. Kirkby TV movie
2015 Undercover Dave 6 episodes
2015–2018 Teletubbies Narrator[7]
2016 Jericho Charles Blackwood 8 episodes
2016-2018 Flowers Donald 2 series; 12 episodes
2017 Gap Year Jotty Episode: "Kuala Lumpur: The Expats"
2018 Sick Note Officer Hayward 2 series; 10 episodes
2018 Watership Down Dandelion 4 episodes
2019 Timewasters Martin Episode: #2.1
2019 Defending the Guilty Phillip Episode: #1.5
2021 Landscapers Tony Collier 4 episodes
2022 The Witchfinder Hebble
2023 Tom Jones Partridge


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Hamlet
2005 A Midsummer Night's Dream
2005 The Burial at Thebes Haemon
2006 The White Album Miles
2009 The Mothwokfantastic Himself Performed at Edinburgh Festival
2009 Beyond The Front Line Welsh soldier
2009 The Music Show Performed at Just for Laughs
2010 Afterbirth Himself Performed at Edinburgh Festival
2010 The Count of Monte Cristo Edmond Dantès
2011 One Man, Two Guvnors Alan Dangle
2013 Daniel Rigby: Berk in Progress Himself Performed at Edinburgh Festival
2014 Holes Ian Arcola Theatre
2016 Breaking the Code Alan Turing Royal Exchange Theatre
2017 Twelfth Night Sir Andrew Aguecheek Royal National Theatre, Olivier Stage
2018 Frost/Nixon David Frost Crucible Theatre
2018 A Midsummer Night's Dream Bottom Crucible Theatre


  1. ^ Monahan, Mark (14 August 2009). "Daniel Rigby: The Mothwokfantastic at the Pleasance Cellar". The Telegraph. Retrieved 28 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Eric Morecambe role brings BAFTA sunshine for actor Daniel Rigby". 25 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Former Performing Arts Student Wins Leading Actor BAFTA". Stockport College. Archived from the original on 30 May 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2011.
  4. ^ Hoggart, Paul (6 January 2007). "Lilies of the 'Pool". The Times. Retrieved 28 May 2011.
  5. ^ Masters, Time (22 May 2011). "Bafta TV awards: New faces topple star names". BBC News. Retrieved 28 May 2011.
  6. ^ "Warhorses of Letters - BBC Radio 4". BBC. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Fearne Cotton for Teletubbies reboot". 7 April 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  8. ^ "ReincarNathan". Radio 4. 30 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Isaac Steele and the Forever Man". Retrieved 15 February 2022.

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