David Mitchell

Last updated on the 26 March 2024 by Evandrus

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Born:14 July 1974, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England.

David Mitchell is a comedian, actor and writer, best known for his partnership with Robert Webb and his role as Mark Corrigan in the sitcom Peep Show.

He was born in Salisbury to hotel managers Kathryn and Ian Mitchell. He has a younger brother, Daniel. He moved to Oxford when he was two years old, where his parents became lecturers at Oxford Polytechnic. He attended New College School and later Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he studied history and met Webb. He was also president of the Cambridge Footlights.

Mitchell and Webb began their comedy career in 1995, performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and writing for various radio and TV shows. They created and starred in several sketch shows, such as Bruiser, The Mitchell and Webb Situation, That Mitchell and Webb Sound, and That Mitchell and Webb Look. They also wrote and starred in their first film, Magicians, in 2007. Their most successful project was Peep Show, which ran for nine series from 2003 to 2015, and won several awards, including a BAFTA for Mitchell’s performance in 2009.

David Mitchell is also a frequent participant on British panel shows, such as QI, The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, Mock the Week, and Have I Got News for You. He is the team captain on Would I Lie to You?, and the host of The Unbelievable Truth on BBC Radio 4. He has also hosted or co-hosted other shows, such as The Bubble, Was It Something I Said?, and 10 O’Clock Live. He has written opinion pieces for The Observer and The Guardian, and published a memoir, Back Story, in 2012.

David Mitchell married Victoria Coren, a journalist, television presenter and professional poker player, in 2012. They have two children, Barbara and Michael. Mitchell is an atheist and a supporter of the Labour Party. He is also a fan of cricket and Doctor Who.



WINNER | Television: Comedy Programme for That Mitchell And Webb Look (2007)  | Television: Comedy Performance for Peep Show (2009)


Suggested viewing


Peep Show (2003)

Peep Show

Bftv 9.5 / IMDb 8.7

“Peep Show” is a sitcom that follows the lives of two socially awkward flatmates, Mark and Jeremy. Through a unique first-person perspective, the series delves into their hilarious and often cringe-worthy misadventures as they navigate relationships, careers and the absurdities of everyday life. Comedy and awkwardness ensue.

Top cast: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Olivia Colman, Matt King, Jim Howick, Paterson Joseph, Sophie Winkleman, Neil Fitzmaurice, Isy Suttie.

Outsiders (2021)

Outsiders poster

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.6

Under the watchful eye of David Mitchell, unlikely celebrity duos ditch the red carpets for mud-splattered adventures in “Outsiders.” From foraging for food to battling the elements, these city slickers test their mettle in funny and often disastrous attempts to prove their survival chops. Expect campfire confessions, competitive meltdowns and a healthy dose of humour, all served with a side of wilderness woes.

Top cast: David Mitchell and guests.

That Mitchell and Webb Look (2006)

That Mitchell and Webb Look

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 8.0

Two comedians, one exasperated and the other, ever-so-slightly odd, delve into absurd sketches. From pretentious game shows to time-traveling priests, their world is full of deadpan humour and awkward encounters. Expect singing robots, overly competitive dancers, and plenty of existential questions, all delivered with a dry wit that leaves you both laughing and pondering life’s absurdities.

Top cast: David Mitchell and Robert Webb.

Ambassadors (2013)


Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.4

“Ambassadors” is a British comedy-drama series that revolves around the lives of two British diplomats, Keith and Neil, stationed in the fictional country of Tazbekistan. The show humorously explores their attempts to traverse cultural differences, political challenges, and personal dilemmas while representing their country abroad. Diplomatic mishaps and comedic encounters abound.

Top cast: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Susan Lynch, Amara Karan, Oliver Dimsdale, Shivani Ghai, Keeley Hawes, Natalia Tena, Matthew Macfadyen.

Upstart Crow (2016)

Upstart Crow

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.6

“Upstart Crow” is a British sitcom that humorously imagines the life of renowned playwright William Shakespeare. Set in the 16th century, the show follows Shakespeare’s struggles and triumphs as he faces the challenges of writing, dealing with eccentric characters, and balancing his personal life. Wit and hilarity ensue in this Shakespearean comedy.

Top cast: David Mitchell, Liza Tarbuck, Paula Wilcox, Harry Enfield, Helen Monks, Mark Heap, Gemma Whelan, Steve Speirs, Dominic Coleman.

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Peep Show – Season 1-3 (2003-2005)

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