Steven James Pemberton (born 1 September 1967) is an English actor, comedian and writer, best known as a member of The League of Gentlemen with Reece Shearsmith, Mark Gatiss, and Jeremy Dyson. Pemberton and Shearsmith also co-wrote and appeared in the sitcom Psychoville and the comedy-drama Inside No. 9. His other television credits include Doctor Who, Benidorm, Blackpool, Shameless, Whitechapel, Happy Valley and Mapp and Lucia. Steve Pemberton is originally from Chorley, Lancashire and attended Saint Michaels Church of England High Scool, Chorley.
Pemberton after winning a BAFTA for Inside No. 9 in 2019
|Occupation||Actor, writer, comedian, director|
Pemberton's early work centred mainly around fringe theatre; he was a founding member of the 606 Theatre with Gordon Anderson, Tom Hadley, and producer Shane Walter. He has produced, performed in, and directed various stage productions. He has written for Variety and was the assistant editor of the International Film Guide from 1991 to 1998. His TV credits include Whitechapel, Doctor Who, Benidorm, Under the Greenwood Tree, Hotel Babylon, The Last Detective, Randall and Hopkirk, Blackpool and Shameless. In 2004, he played Dr Bessner in Death on the Nile and Harry Secombe in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. He also appeared in the film Lassie (2005).
Pemberton is best known as being a member of the sketch comedy team The League of Gentlemen, along with fellow performers Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith, and co-writer Jeremy Dyson, all of whom he met at Bretton Hall College in his late teens. The League of Gentlemen initially began as a stage act in 1995, then transferred to BBC Radio 4 as On the Town with the League of Gentlemen in 1997, and finally arrived on television on BBC Two in 1999. The latter has seen Pemberton and his colleagues awarded a British Academy Television Award, a Royal Television Society Award, and a Golden Rose of Montreux.
In 2007, Pemberton made an appearance as the vicar in the film Mr. Bean's Holiday. In July 2007, he took over from Bob Martin as "Man in Chair" in the West End production of the musical The Drowsy Chaperone, playing the role until the production closed on 4 August 2007. In the 2008 English language DVD re-release of the cult 2006 Norwegian animated film Free Jimmy, Pemberton voiced Mattis, a heavy-set and bizarrely-dressed biker member of the Lappish Mafia. In June 2009, Psychoville aired and marked Pemberton's return to BBC Two. It was co-written by Pemberton and his fellow League of Gentlemen member, Reece Shearsmith. Both of them play numerous characters in the series, similar to the format of The League of Gentlemen.
Pemberton portrayed Rufus Drumknott in 2010's Terry Pratchett's Going Postal. He appeared as Vice Principal Douglas Panch in the Donmar's 2011 production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. In 2014, he played Georgie Pillson in an adaptation of E.F. Benson's Mapp and Lucia. He also wrote the adaptation, which featured his League of Gentlemen cohort Mark Gatiss. It was broadcast during Christmas 2014. Since 2014, he has starred as various characters in the dark comedy anthology series Inside No. 9, which he co-created with Shearsmith, airing on BBC Two. A second series aired in 2015 and a third in 2017. A fourth series aired in early 2018.
Pemberton reunited with his The League of Gentlemen colleagues in 2017 for three special episodes, transmitted in December 2017 on BBC2. He appeared as himself in the 2018 short film To Trend on Twitter in aid of young people with cancer charity CLIC Sargent with fellow comedians David Baddiel, Reece Shearsmith, Helen Lederer and actor Jason Flemyng. In 2020 it was announced that Pemberton will join Aaron Taylor-Johnson on West End stage in The Pillowman play, directed by Matthew Dunster.
He speaks French and German in addition to his native English.
|2005||The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse||Various Characters||Co-creator, co-writer|
|The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy||Mr. Prosser / Additional Vogon voices||Collectively credited as "The League of Gentlemen"|
|2007||The Old Curiosity Shop||Mr. Short|
|Mr. Bean's Holiday||Vicar (Special Participation)|
|2018||To Trend on Twitter||Himself|
|1999–2002, 2017||The League of Gentlemen||Various Characters||Series 1–4 |
|2000–2001||Randall and Hopkirk|
|Agatha Christie's Poirot: Death on the Nile||Dr Bessner|
|The Last Detective|
|Under the Greenwood Tree||Mr. Shinar|
|2007–2015||Benidorm||Mick Garvey||Regular; 43 episodes (series 1–7)|
|2008||Doctor Who||Strackman Lux||Episodes: "Silence in the Library", "Forest of the Dead"|
|2009||Terry Pratchett's Going Postal||Drumknott|
|2009–2013||Whitechapel||Edward Buchan||Writer of 2 episodes|
|2012||Sport Relief 2012||Mick Garvey||1 episode: Benidorm meets Britain's Got Talent|
|2013||Heading Out||Vet Inspector||1 episode|
|2014||Mapp and Lucia||Georgie Pillson||Writer|
|Happy Valley||Kevin Weatherill|
|Toast of London||Francis Bacon||Episode: "Fool in Love"|
|2014–present||Inside No. 9||Various Characters||Co-writer and director|
|2015||Lewis||Ian Tedman||Episodes: "One For Sorrow" parts 1 and 2|
|Harry Hill in Professor Branestawm Returns||Professor Algebrain||One-off special|
|Tracey Ullman's Show||Colin||1 episode|
|2017||Midsomer Murders||Timothy Benson||1 episode : "Red in Tooth & Claw"|
|Worzel Gummidge||Mr Braithwaite|
|2020||Death in Paradise||Neil Henderson||1 episode|
|Killing Eve||Paul||Reoccurring; 5 episodes|
|2008||The Drowsy Chaperone|
|2009||The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee||Vice Principal Douglas Panch|
|2012||She Stoops to Conquer||Mr. Hardcastle|
- Baluch, Lalayn (27 June 2007). "Steve Pemberton to join The Drowsy Chaperone". The Stage. The Stage Newspaper. Retrieved 3 June 2008.
- Gans, Andrew (6 July 2007). "London's Drowsy Chaperone to Close in August". Playbill News. Playbill. Retrieved 3 June 2008.[permanent dead link]
- "BBC announces adaptation of EF Benson's Mapp and Lucia". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
- "Top Comics Join Short Film". Chortle. 13 August 2018. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
- Orlova-Alvarez, Tamara (28 February 2020). "West End: Aaron Taylor-Johnson & Steve Pemberton to Star in The Pillowman". Ikon London Magazine. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
- Bletchly, Rachael (11 April 2012). "Benidorm's Steve Pemberton: I had a heart attack at 25 ... but it took me 20 years to scare me into losing two stone". mirror. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
- "Lucas James Pemberton". Variety. 31 May 2000. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
- "Actor Steve Pemberton reveals secret heartache". 20 March 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2020.