Lee Simpson is a British actor and comedian best known as a member of the improvisational group The Comedy Store Players.[1]

He has appeared in a number of roles, including in the sitcom Drop the Dead Donkey and the films Paper Mask and Nuns on the Run, and played a key role in co-devising and narrating the improvisational radio show The Masterson Inheritance in the years 1993-1995. He was involved in Paul Merton Live At The London Palladium in 1994, along with fellow Comedy Store Players Paul Merton and Richard Vranch.[2] Before becoming involved in improvisation, he was, among other things, a croupier in a casino, a cinema projectionist, and a breakfast DJ.[3]

He did his first performance with The Comedy Store Players in 1989, and became a member of the group in 1990.[4] In 1992 he appeared as Terry in the channel 4 sitcom Terry and Julian (not associated with Terry and June although the show's name was a spoof title). The programme only lasted one series which had six episodes.

Simpson has appeared on BBC Radio 4 in the improvised comedy series The Masterson Inheritance and the murder panel show Foul Play. On stage, he appeared in a 2017 production of Lost Without Words at the Royal National Theatre.[5]


  1. ^ "Lee Simpson" www.comedystoreplayers.com. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
  2. ^ "Lee Simpson (I)". www.imdb.com. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
  3. ^ "Biographies" Archived 2011-07-18 at the Wayback Machine www.improbable.co.uk/. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
  4. ^ "Who's who comedy directory" Archived 2011-02-10 at the Wayback Machine http://www.thecomedystore.co.uk/. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
  5. ^ Bowie-Sell, Daisy (14 March 2017). "We ignore older actors at our absolute peril". WhatsOnStage.com. Retrieved 16 April 2021.