Steve Speirs (born 22 February 1965) is a Welsh actor and occasional writer, who has appeared in films such as Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
22 February 1965
|Family||Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts (Brother)|
He was born as Steven Roberts in Troed-y-rhiw, a village now in the borough of Merthyr Tydfil, Wales and went to school at Afon Taf High School where he found a taste for drama. He joined the National Youth Theatre of Wales and studied drama at Loughborough University. He says he took his stage name, Speirs, from the surname of a lecturer at college.
Since graduating from university, Speirs has played Sloan in Eragon, Andy Fellows in Making Waves and the "pathetic loser" Dullard alongside Ricky Gervais in Extras, as well as playing Captain Tarpals in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and having a small role in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
Speirs often goes by the name of "Dullard" in honour of his role in Extras, as he considers the character a mirror of himself. Speirs also appeared in the Gervais and Stephen Merchant film Cemetery Junction released in 2010, a part which Speirs claims was written particularly for him. Speirs also starred as the bouncer at Mother McOakley's Tavern in Burke and Hare, a British black comedy directed by John Landis and released (in the United Kingdom) in October 2010.
In 2013, Steve played PC McClintock in the Christmas TV film Gangsta Granny, an adaptation of the book written by David Walliams. He played the role of Dad in the 2014 TV film The Boy in the Dress, also written by Walliams.
In 2015 he appeared in the TV spin off The Bad Education Movie playing Don alongside the main cast of Bad Education as well as many other guests in the movie. The same year, he also appeared in the pilot of the radio sitcom Ankle Tag, which went on to air two series in 2017 and 2018.
In 2016 he appeared in the Ben Elton crafted Upstart Crow playing Richard Burbage (actor and leader of Will's acting company) and has continued in this role for 3 series ( 2016, 2017 & 2018) with 2 Christmas spin-offs in 2017 & 2018.
Speirs moved to live in Brighton, East Sussex. He is divorced from first wife, Julia, with whom he had two sons, Jack and Lewes. He also has a third son, Max, and a daughter Amelie (born 2014). His brother is opera singer Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts.
|1997||House of America||The Head|
|1998||Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence||Taxi Driver|
|1999||Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace||Captain Tarpals|
|2000||Rancid Aluminum||BMW Man|
|2000||Married 2 Malcolm||Sam Tex|
|2004||The Baby Juice Express||Mystery Man|
|2006||The Last Drop||Gustav Hansfeldt|
|Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest||Quartermaster – Edinburgh|
|2008||Caught in the Act||Eric Jenkins|
|2010||Cemetery Junction||Sgt. Wyn Davies|
|Burke and Hare||McMartin's Doorman|
|2011||Hunky Dory||Mr. Cafferty|
|2014||Set Fire to the Stars||Mickey|
|2015||The Bad Education Movie||Don|
|1989||We Are Seven||Albert Thomas||7 episodes|
|1993||Screen One||Porter||Episode: "Tender Loving Care"|
|1995||Goodnight Sweetheart||Phil||Episode: "Nice Work If You Can Get It"|
|1996||The Detectives||Bruce||Episode: "Fur Coat, No Knickers"|
|Dalziel and Pascoe||Arthur Evans||Episode: "A Clubbable Woman"|
|Murder Most Horrid||DI Hooper||Episode: "A Life or Death Operation"|
|Cold Lazarus||Blinda's Apartment Guard|
|1998||Keeping Mum||Leonard||Episode "The Card Game"|
|The Wonderful World of Disney||Chief Armorer||Television film: "A Knight in Camelot"|
|1999||The Bill||Oliver Beauman||Episode: "Pillow Talk"|
|2000||Cor, Blimey!||Bernard Bresslaw||Television film|
|The Scarlet Pimpernel||Sergeant Bibot||Episode: "Ennui"|
|Holby City||Jim Ellison||Episode: "The Real Thing"|
|2002||NCS: Manhunt||Benny Luck||Episodes: "Out of Time" (Parts 1 & 2)|
|2003||The Planman||Darren Westcoate||Television film|
|Absolute Power||Dave Pine||Episode: "Pope Idol"|
|2004||Jonathan Creek||Herbie Bryant||Episode: "The Chequered Box"|
|The Last Detective||Caradoc||Episode: "Benefit to Mankind"|
|Making Waves||CCMEA Andy Fellows||2 episodes|
|Tunnel of Love||Kimberley's Dad||Television film|
|2005||The Bill||Barry||Episode: "289a"|
|Midsomer Murders||Keith Carter||Episode: "Sauce for the Goose"|
|Doctor Who||Strickland||Episode: "Aliens of London/World War Three"|
|Icon||Viktor Akopov||Television film|
|Extras||Dullard||Episode: "Samuel L Jackson"|
|2006||Doctors||Pete Machin||Episode: "Strictly Bedroom"|
|Holby City||Richard Price-Thomas||Episode: "Before a Fall"|
|2007||New Tricks||Dougie Taylor||Episode: "God's Waiting Room"|
|2008||City of Vice||William Pentlow||5 episodes|
|2008–09||No Heroics||Norse Dave||6 episodes|
|2008||Sharpe's Peril||Wormwood||Television film|
|2009||The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler||Piotr||Television film|
|Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire||Loquasto||6 episodes|
|A Child's Christmases in Wales||Uncle Huw||Television film|
|2010||Casualty||Stewart Kerr||Episode: "Russian Endings"|
|Doctors||Dave Howells||Episode: "Boyo"|
|Miranda||Ray||Episode: "The Perfect Christmas"|
|2011–12||Sadie J||Steve||26 episodes|
|2012–15||Stella||Alan (Big Alan)||39 episodes|
|2012||A Young Doctor's Notebook & Other Stories||Syphilitic Mikhail|
|2013–14||Big School||Mr. Barber||12 episodes|
|2013||Gangsta Granny||PC McClintock||Television film|
|2014||The Boy in the Dress||Peter||Television film|
|Cuckoo||Barman||Episode: "The Holiday"|
|2016–present||Upstart Crow||Richard Burbage||19 episodes|
|2017||Not Going Out||Johnny Lucas||Episode: "Charlie"|
|Decline and Fall||Davis||Episode: "King's Thursday"|
|2019||The Tuckers||Glyn Tucker||6 episodes|
- "Steve Speirs". IMDb.
- Owens, David (17 April 2010). "Steve Spiers the Welshman who wowed Rick Gervais". Wales Online. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
- Driscoll, Rob (15 June 2002). "Tinseltown's gain is Hoover's loss; Valleys-born Steve Speirs cuts a dash in big-budget romp The Musketeer". Western Mail. Retrieved 11 September 2016 – via The Free Library.
- Loy, Sandra (21 December 2014). "Welsh actor Steve Speirs: You'll probably see more of him this Christmas than you'll see of your own family". Wales Online. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
- "Original TV Shows, Reality TV Shows". Comedy Central. Comedy Partners. 30 September 2016. Archived from the original on 6 December 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
- "Steve Speirs comes home for his first film as a writer". Wales Online. 29 November 2008. Retrieved 21 June 2015.