Robert Webb

Last updated on the 27 March 2024 by Evandrus

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Mini Biography

Born: 29 September 1972, Boston, Lincolnshire, England. 

Robert Webb attended Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School and later studied English at Robinson College, Cambridge. Webb’s comedic journey began during his time at Cambridge University, where he joined the renowned Cambridge Footlights comedy troupe. It was here that he met his future comedy partner, David Mitchell. Their successful collaboration would continue throughout their careers.

One of Webb’s most notable roles came in the form of the award-winning sitcom “Peep Show” (2003-2015), where he played the lovable yet socially awkward character, Jeremy Usborne. The show garnered critical acclaim and developed a cult following, solidifying Webb’s status as a comedic talent.

Webb and Mitchell also created and starred in the sketch comedy show “That Mitchell and Webb Look” (2006-2010). Known for their offbeat humor and memorable characters, the duo’s sketches became popular with audiences and further showcased Webb’s comedic prowess.

Beyond television, Webb has also made appearances in various films, including the comedy “Confetti” (2006) and the romantic comedy “The Wedding Video” (2012). He has also lent his voice to animated films such as “The Amazing World of Gumball” and “Back to the Outback.”

In addition to his acting career, Webb is an accomplished writer. He has co-authored several books with David Mitchell, including the critically acclaimed memoir “How Not to Be a Boy” (2017), which delves into his personal experiences and reflections on masculinity.

Webb has also appeared on various panel shows, such as “Would I Lie to You?” and “QI,” showcasing his wit and improvisational skills.


Suggested viewing


Peep Show (2003)

Peep Show

Bftv 9.5 / IMDb 8.7

“Peep Show” is a British sitcom that follows the lives of two dysfunctional flatmates, Mark and Jeremy. Through a unique first-person perspective, the show delves into their hilarious and cringe-worthy misadventures, exploring themes of friendship, love, and personal struggles, all with a healthy dose of dark humour.

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

The Smoking Room (2004)

The Smoking Room Robert Webb poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.9

“The Smoking Room” is a British sitcom set entirely in the smoking room of a workplace. The show explores the interactions and conversations of a diverse group of employees who gather in the room for their smoke breaks. It delves into their personal and professional lives, offering a humorous and relatable take on office dynamics.

Top cast: Robert Webb, Debbie Chazen, Jeremy Swift, Paula Wilcox, Nadine Marshall, Siobhan Redmond, Leslie Schofield, Emma Kennedy.

The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff (2011)

The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.7

“The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff” is a comedy series set in Victorian England, parodying the works of Charles Dickens. The show follows Jedrington Secret-Past, an honest shopkeeper whose life takes a comedic turn when he becomes embroiled in a series of absurd and humorous adventures involving eccentric characters, mysteries, and a quest for justice.

Top cast: Robert Webb, Katherine Parkinson, David Mitchell, Stephen Fry, Tim McInnerny, Celia Imrie, Pauline McLynn, Johnny Vegas.

Ambassadors (2013)


Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.4

“Ambassadors” is a British comedy-drama series that revolves around the life of Keith Davis, a British ambassador posted in a fictional Asian country, Tazbekistan. The show humorously portrays the challenges and absurdities of diplomatic life, as Keith navigates cultural clashes, political intrigues, and personal dilemmas in his role as a representative of the UK.

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

That Mitchell and Webb Look (2006)

That Mitchell and Webb Look

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.0

“That Mitchell and Webb Look” is a sketch comedy series. With a mix of witty writing and absurd humour, the show presents a wide range of hilarious sketches, satirising various aspects of modern life, including pop culture, politics, and everyday situations, with the duo’s distinctive comedic style.

Top cast: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Olivia Colman, James Bachman, Abigail Burdess, Sarah Hadland, Mark Evans, and Gus Brown.

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