Simon William Day (born 7 June 1962) is an English comedian and actor known for his roles in the sketch show The Fast Show and the sitcom Grass.

Simon Day
Simon William Day

(1962-06-07) 7 June 1962 (age 60)
Blackheath, London, England
Years active1990–present


Day was born in Blackheath, London, and rose to fame as a stand-up comic, winning the Time Out new act of the year in 1991 with his music hall character Tommy Cockles. He then appeared on the BBC One show Paramount City as a weekly guest. He continued working live all over England before joining up with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer for two tours and two series of Big Night Out. He continued to work with Vic Reeves throughout the 1990s.[1]

In 1994 he was a cast regular in Saturday Zoo,[2] Channel 4's Saturday night extravaganza, in which he appeared as groundbreaking white rapper Ice Pick. His other TV credits include Heartbeat, Jonathan Creek, Sensitive Skin, Love Soup, Driving School, and Skins. His film credits include Shakespeare in Love, as a ferryman on the Thames.

In 2006 he collaborated with The Transit Kings on their song "The Last Lighthouse Keeper" which appears on their debut album Living in a Giant Candle Winking at God.

In 2008 Day embarked on his first solo UK stand-up tour, titled 'What a Fool Believes', which saw him play 36 dates during the period 30 October - 15 December, including Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.[1]

In 2009, Day collaborated again with Rhys Thomas and wrote and starred in a web series of six videos as the character Brian Pern for the BBC.[3]

In 2010, Day appeared in the long-running BBC TV series Hustle, playing Luke Baincross, a wannabe playboy with a huge country mansion.[4]

In May 2010, Day played a hospital porter in BBC TV series Holby City on his last day at work following his resignation having won the National Lottery. He had an altercation with a patient's relative and received a bang on the head, and he became increasingly lairy during the episode, at one point making a pass at Connie Beauchamp; some people assumed he was drunk, but it transpired that he had developed a Subdural hematoma as a result of the knock on the head.

Day has appeared as a pundit on the long-running BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Pundit Quiz Fighting Talk on a number of occasions, and is most notable for swearing during a live broadcast during a show in 2009. This was later edited out on the podcast version of the show.

Day appeared in an online-only version of The Fast Show sponsored by Lager brand Fosters on 10 November 2011 along with original cast save for Mark Williams.[5]

In 2012, he published his autobiography, Comedy and Error: They Really Were Marvellous Times.[6]

Day has presented his own series, The Simon Day Show on BBC Radio 4 in May to June 2012.[7]

From 2014 to 2017, he co-wrote and starred in the spoof-documentary series Brian Pern, a BBC Four comedy which parodied the life and career of former Genesis singer Peter Gabriel.[8]

In 2015 Day appeared as Charlie Beckett in the BBC TV series Death in Paradise episode 4.2.[9] In 2019 he appeared as Sid Onslow, a pub landlord, in Pennyworth.

Day starred as Big Gary King, father of Tom Davis' titular character in the BBC One sitcom King Gary, appearing in the 2018 pilot episode and the full series broadcast in 2020.[10]

Day reprised his Fast Show character 'Dave Angel, Eco Warrior' in 2021 in energy usage advertising.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Day's teenage life was troubled: he was addicted to alcohol, drugs and gambling, and spent some time in borstal for theft.[12] He continued to take illegal drugs including cocaine and crack cocaine into the 1990s at the height of his Fast Show fame.[13][6]

After failing to pass his driving test for charity during the 2003 Comic Relief Programme, Day later went on to gain an automatic driving licence.[6] He is married to Ruth, a former waitress, with whom he has two children, Lloyd and Evie.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Sid the Sexist Graham / Various Cockney Characters
1998 Shakespeare in Love First Boatman
1998 The Fast Show Live Various roles Direct-to-video
2002 The Heart of Me Hospital Doctor
2007 Run Fatboy Run Vincent
2009 The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Uncle Bob
2010 Huge Noel Faulkner
2012 Jon Child Therapist
2016 Ethel & Ernest Alf


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Vic Reeves Big Night Out Various roles 5 episodes
1992 The Fat Slags Baz Miniseries
1992 Wilderness Edge Ian Kaye 2 episodes
1992 A Bunch of Fives Slow PC Episode: "The Weekenders"
1992 Saturday Zoo Bruce Urqhart Episode #1.2
1992 The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer Milkman 2 episodes
1994 The All New Alexei Sayle Show Various characters Episode #1.4
1994, 2006 The Bill BJ Berry / Stephen Latham 2 episodes
1994–2014 The Fast Show Various characters 24 episodes
1995 The Great Kandinsky News Reporter Television film
1996 Heartbeat Fenwick Episode: "Forget Me Not"
1997 Jonathan Creek Jordan Strange Episode: "The House of Monkeys"
1998 In Exile Denzel Episode #1.6
1998 Casualty Cardiothoracic Surgeon Episode: "New Year and All That"
1998 Ted and Ralph Tall Tom / Cliff Carter / Friend of Dorothy Television film
1998 Rex the Runt Constable Funnyname / Taxi Driver 3 episodes
1999 You Ain't Seen All These, Right? Various roles Television film
2000 Peak Practice Consultant Episode: "A Test of Faith"
2000 Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) Swift Episode: "Paranoia"
2001 Happiness Miserable Dad / Angry Father 2 episodes
2001 Jumpers for Goalposts Clive Graham 13 episodes
2001 We Know Where You Live Billy Bleach Television film
2002 Fun at the Funeral Parlour Dirty Ernie Episode: "A Pocket Full of Gravel"
2002 Bertie and Elizabeth Robert Wood Television film
2003 Grass Billy 8 episodes
2003 The Fast Show Farewell Tour Various roles Television film
2003–2004 Swiss Toni Geoff 16 episodes
2004 He Knew He Was Right Club Member #2 Episode: "Part 1"
2004 Shane Suicide Man Episode #1.6
2004 EastEnders Cabbie Episode dated 25 December 2004
2005 Casanova Argenti Episode #1.1
2005 Space Race Kammler Episode: "Race for Rockets"
2005 ShakespeaRe-Told Quince Episode: "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
2006 Mr. Loveday's Little Outing Doctor Television film
2007 Sensitive Skin Mike Episode: "The Wilderness"
2007 Learners Simon Television film
2007–2012 Harry & Paul Various character 12 episodes
2008 Love Soup Wolf Episode: "Lobotomy Bay"
2009, 2010 Skins Leo Mclair 2 episodes
2010 Hustle Luke Baincross Episode: "Tiger Troubles"
2010 Bellamy's People Various characters 10 episodes
2010 Holby City Frank Chapman Episode: "Brutally Frank"
2010 Pete & Dud: The Lost Sketches Performer Television film
2011 Midsomer Murders Combover Guy Episode: "The Oblong Murders"
2011 The Fast Show Faster Dave Angel / Clive / Colonel Mumas 3 episodes
2011–2012 Pixelface QM 26 episodes
2012 Comedy Showcase Rhodesy Episode: "The Function Room"
2012 New Tricks Tony Symes Episode: "Queen and Country"
2012 Mr Blue Sky Mr. Bolt 3 episodes
2013 It's Kevin Various / Screaming Pillows Pitchman
2013 Mount Pleasant Gerry 5 episodes
2014 Moone Boy Sean Murphington Esq. Episode: "Handball Duel"
2014 The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm Colonel Dedshott Television film
2014–2017 Brian Pern (Various titles) Brian Pern 11 episodes
2015 Death in Paradise Charlie Beckett Episode: "Hidden Secrets"
2015 Drunk History: UK Lord Carnarvon Episode: "Tutankhamen/Dick Turpin/Byron's Pet Bear"
2015 Nurse Tony Beckton 3 episodes
2015 SunTrap Handlebar Episode: "The Big Sleep"
2015 Cradle to Grave Shaky Episode #1.6
2015 Professor Branestawm Returns Colonel Dedshott Television film
2016 Boomers Vaughan Episode: "Naming Ceremony"
2016 The Amazing World of Gumball Narrator Episode: "The Love"
2016 Lost Sitcoms Alf Garnett Episode: "Till Death Us Do Part"
2017 Loaded Jeff 3 episodes
2017 Zapped Daggett Episode: "Pear Fair"
2018 Dave Allen at Peace Lew Grade Television film
2018 A Year in the Life of a Year Various Episode: "2018"
2018–2020 King Gary Big Gary King 8 episodes
2019–present Pennyworth Sid Onslow 15 episodes
2020 The Windsors Mike Middleton Episode #3.2
2020 The Kemps: All True Neighbour Television film
2021 Elliott from Earth Various voices 5 episodes


  1. ^ a b Bevan, Siân (28 October 2008). "Simon Day - What A Fool Believes". Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  2. ^ "BFI | Film & TV Database | SATURDAY ZOO". Archived from the original on 17 April 2008. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Comedy - Clips from 'Brian Pern'". BBC. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  4. ^ "BBC One - Hustle, Series 6, Episode 3". BBC. 24 January 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Foster's - The Fast Show". Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d Day, Simon. Comedy and Error: They Really Were Marvellous Times. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 1849830568.
  7. ^ "The Simon Day Show". Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  8. ^ "The Life of Rock with Brian Pern". Radio Times. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  9. ^ Jarossi, Robin (14 January 2015). "Death in Paradise series 4, Kris Marshall PREVIEW". Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  10. ^ Guide, British Comedy. "King Gary cast and crew credits". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  11. ^ "Simon Day revives Dave Angel". Chortle. Retrieved 23 April 2022.
  12. ^ "Interview: Simon Day, comedian - News -". 22 June 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  13. ^ "Metro". Retrieved 31 January 2014.

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