Kerry Godliman

Last updated on the 28 March 2024 by Maeve

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Mini Biography

Born: 1973 or 1974, Perivale, London, England. 

Kerry Godliman is an English actor and comedian, best known for her roles in TV shows such as Derek, Bad Move, and After Life. She was born in Perivale, West London and trained at Rose Bruford College in South London.

Kerry Godliman started her career in the late 1990s, performing stand-up comedy and appearing in various TV productions, such as Spoons, Law of the Playground, Rush Hour, and Home Time. She gained more recognition in 2012, when she played Hannah, the manager of a retirement home, in Ricky Gervais’s sitcom Derek. She also starred in Our Girl, Carters Get Rich, and Rob Beckett’s Playing for Time.

In 2017, Godliman won the seventh series of Taskmaster, a comedy game show on Dave. She also became a regular guest on Mock the Week, a satirical panel show on BBC Two. In 2019, she reunited with Gervais in his dark comedy series After Life, playing his deceased wife Lisa. She also portrayed Stella Maitland, a former MP, in the drama series Adult Material, which explored the realities of the porn industry.

Kerry Godliman has also been active on radio, hosting her own show Kerry’s List on BBC Radio 4, and appearing on shows such as Just a Minute, John Finnemore’s Double Acts, and The Now Show. She is married to Ben Abell, a fellow actor, and they have two children, Elsie and Frank. She lives in London and enjoys gardening and yoga.


Suggested viewing


Whitstable Pearl (2021)

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Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.0

In a charming seaside town, a single mom and restaurant owner transforms into a private detective. Juggling family life with cracking local mysteries, she clashes with a gruff new detective while her caring nature draws clients, leading her into tangled webs of secrets and uncovering hidden truths, all bathed in the salty breeze and fish and chips charm of Whitstable.

Top cast: Kerry Godliman, Howard Charles, Sophia Del Pizzo, Rohan Nedd, Frances Barber, Cathy Tyson, Catherine Bailey, Anton Saunders, Clea Martin, Emily Head.

Derek (2012)

Derek poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.1

A kind but socially awkward caretaker navigates life in a quirky nursing home, offering unwavering warmth to residents and colleagues facing prejudice and budget cuts. His childlike innocence brings both humour and heartache as he confronts personal challenges and cherishes small joys, reminding us that kindness can shine even in the most unexpected places.

Top cast : Ricky Gervais, Kerry Godliman, David Earl, Holli Dempsey, Brett Goldstein, Karl Pilkington, Margaret Towner, Ninette Finch, Tim Barlow.

After Life (2019)

After Life poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.4

Grief spirals a widower into reckless honesty, pushing away everyone but his faithful dog. As he lashes out at a cruel world, unexpected connections flicker, reminding him of the beauty and humour life holds, even in the face of loss. He grapples with staying afloat, learning that finding hope doesn’t erase the pain, but rather coexists with it.

Top cast: Ricky Gervais, Tom Basden, Kerry Godliman, David Bradley, Joe Wilkinson, Tony Way, Diane Morgan, Ashley Jensen, Tommy Finnegan.

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