Biography

Adrian Edmondson was born in Bradford, Yorkshire. He went to Manchester University to study drama. Whilst he was there he met Rik Mayall, and the pair began performing as 20th Century Coyote. The act continued after university when Adrian & Rik moved to London, and they became two of the leading lights in the new 'alternative comedy' scene, performing at the newly established Comedy Store, and setting up their own club, The Comic Strip, with 'Peter Richardson', Nigel Planer, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, and Alexei Sayle. This spawned two 1980s TV series: The Young Ones (1982), and The Comic Strip Presents... (1982) In the 1990's Ade & Rik continued their partnership with a new series called Bottom (1991), which ran for three seasons and became a major success on the live circuit. It was basically a live sitcom, liberally sprinkled with slapstick humour, and the pair did 5 long tours between 1993 and 2003. Simultaneously, Adrian established himself as an actor, doing two improvised TV films under the Screen One and Screen Two umbrella, with director Les Blair: Screen Two: Honest, Decent and True (1986), and Screen One: News Hounds (1990) (winner of the BAFTA for best single drama). He was a regular in the hospital drama Holby City (1999) from 2005 - 2008. He took the lead in a drama documentary about the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster in the series Surviving Disaster (2006), and appeared as Henry Austen in the TV movie Miss Austen Regrets (2008), the film Blood (2012), and the drama series Prey (2014). But his most notable dramatic role to date is that of Count Rostov in the BBC series War & Peace (2016).

Adrian Edmondson was born in Bradford, Yorkshire. He went to Manchester University to study drama. Whilst he was there he met Rik Mayall, and the pair began performing as 20th Century Coyote. The act continued after university when Adrian & Rik moved to London, and they became two of the leading lights in the new 'alternative comedy' scene, performing at the newly established Comedy Store, and setting up their own club, The Comic Strip, with 'Peter Richardson', Nigel Planer, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, and Alexei Sayle. This spawned two 1980s TV series: The Young Ones (1982), and The Comic Strip Presents... (1982) In the 1990's Ade & Rik continued their partnership with a new series called Bottom (1991), which ran for three seasons and became a major success on the live circuit. It was basically a live sitcom, liberally sprinkled with slapstick humour, and the pair did 5 long tours between 1993 and 2003. Simultaneously, Adrian established himself as an actor, doing two improvised TV films under the Screen One and Screen Two umbrella, with director Les Blair: Screen Two: Honest, Decent and True (1986), and Screen One: News Hounds (1990) (winner of the BAFTA for best single drama). He was a regular in the hospital drama Holby City (1999) from 2005 - 2008. He took the lead in a drama documentary about the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster in the series Surviving Disaster (2006), and appeared as Henry Austen in the TV movie Miss Austen Regrets (2008), the film Blood (2012), and the drama series Prey (2014). But his most notable dramatic role to date is that of Count Rostov in the BBC series War & Peace (2016).

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 68

Birthday 1957-01-24

Place of Birth Bradford - Yorkshire - England

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Also Known As

  • Ade Edmonson
  • Ade Edmondson
  • Ade Edmonton
  • Bad News

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Celebrity Mastermind(1 episode)
2018 RSC Live: Twelfth Night as Malvolio
2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi as Captain Peavey
2017 Bancroft(4 episodes) as Superintendent Cliff Walker
2017 Interlude In Prague as Herr Luptak
2017 Urban Myths(1 episode) as Leslie Conn
2017 The Rizen as Interviewer
2016 One of Us(4 episodes) as Peter Elliot
2016 War and Peace(6 episodes) as Count Ilya Rostov
2015 Rocky Horror Show Live as Narrator
2014 Prey(3 episodes) as DCI Warner
2012 Gadget Man(1 episode)
2012 Blood as Tom Tiernan
2012 The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff(8 episodes) as Headmaster Wackville
2011 Ade In Britain(50 episodes)
2010 Monte Carlo or Bust(3 episodes)
2009 Let's Dance for Comic Relief(1 episode)
2008 Rocky Horror Tribute Show as Brad
2008 Teenage Kicks(8 episodes)
2008 Miss Austen Regrets as Henry Austen
2007 If It Ain't Stiff: The Stiff Records Story as Himself - Narrator
2007 The Alan Titchmarsh Show(1 episode)
2006 The One Show(2 episodes)
2006 School's Out(1 episode)
2006 Surviving Disaster(1 episode)
2005 Twisted Tales (UK)(1 episode)
2004 Bottom Mindless Violence as Eddie
2004 Doctors and Nurses(6 episodes)
2003 Bottom Live 2003: Weapons Grade Y-Fronts Tour as Edward Hitler
2003 Comic Relief Does Fame Academy(40 episodes)
2001 Bottom Live 2001 An Arse Oddity as Eddie
1999 Guest House Paradiso as Eddie
1999 The Making of 'Guest House Paradiso' as Himself
1997 Bottom Live 3: Hooligan's Island as Eddie Hitler
1997 Captain Star(13 episodes)
1997 Jonathan Creek(5 episodes)
1995 Bottom Live The Big Number 2 Tour as Eddie
1995 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Treasure of the Peacock's Eye as Zyke
1994 Anna Lee(1 episode)
1993 If You See God, Tell Him(4 episodes) as Gordon Spry
1993 Bottom Live The Stage Show as Eddie
1992 Absolutely Fabulous(2 episodes)
1991 Pebble Mill(1 episode)
1991 Bottom(30 episodes)
1991 The Pope Must Die as Father Rookie
1990 Rita Rudner(1 episode)
1990 News Hounds
1989 Happy Families(5 episodes)
1989 Press Gang(1 episode) as Simon Knowles
1989 The Secret Policeman’s Biggest Ball as Himself
1988 This Morning(2 episodes)
1988 Mr Jolly Lives Next Door
1988 More Bad News as Vim Fuego
1988 The Strike as Adrian/Slim/Policeman
1987 Eat the Rich as Charles
1987 Filthy Rich & Catflap(6 episodes)
1986 Honest Decent and True
1986 Dangerous Brothers Present: World of Danger as Sir Adrian Dangerous
1985 The Supergrass
1985 Happy Families(6 episodes)
1983 Blackadder(1 episode) as Baron von Richtoven
1983 Bad News Tour as Vim Fuego/Alan Metcalfe
1982 The Young Ones(21 episodes) as Vyvyan Bastard
1982 Kevin Turvey: The Man Behind the Green Door as Keith Marshall
1981 The Comic Strip
1978 An Audience with...(1 episode) as Himself
1967 Natural World(1 episode) as Narrator

Writing

2001 Bottom Live 2001 An Arse OddityWriter
1991 Bottom(24 episodes)Writer
1988 Mr Jolly Lives Next DoorWriter
1988 More Bad NewsWriter
1983 Bad News TourWriter
1982 The Comic Strip Presents(7 episodes)Writer
1981 The Comic StripWriter

Directing

1999 Guest House ParadisoDirector
1988 More Bad NewsDirector

Creator

2008 Teenage KicksCreator
1991 BottomCreator

Sound

1983 Bad News TourMusic

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