Kevin Bishop

Kevin Bishop


6/18/1980, Orpington, Kent, England

Birth Name

Kevin Bishop


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Kevin's first leading role on television was as Sam Spalding in the children's BBC series, Grange Hill from 1994 to 1995 when he was 14 years old. He then had a number of roles including that of Jim Hawkins in the movie, Muppet Treasure Island in 1996. He…more


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    • Kevin : (on being offered a pilot by Channel 4) Great, I thought, and told them I was working on this sitcom about a guy living on a caravan park. "Stop right there," they said immediately.

    • Kevin : (talking about actors and comedians) Give me actors any day. They're much more likely to enjoy a mess around.

    • Kevin : (talking about Star Stories) I'm playing Cliff Richard in an episode in this series, and when I put his teeth in, I looked uncannily like Freddie Mercury.

    • Kevin: (about his soul) I think it's pink, for some reason. That's weird. Yeah, pink and it looks inviting. I've basically just described a vagina...

    • Kevin: I met my co-writer and producer, Lee Hupfield, on Star Stories. Lee is to me what Bagheera is to Mowgli.

    • Kevin: I got my first professional job when I was 11. I was very shy as a kid and I was very good at maths, so my parents put me into a drama club because they wanted to help me with my English. But it backfired on them because I burnt all my maths books and became this annoying performance child.

    • Kevin: I was in Grange Hill for two years but I was expelled in real life for being a naughty kid. I was just a highly energetic, disruptive child.

    • Kevin: When I was young, I was fascinated with The Goonies and films that had kids in them, and I said to my mum, "How do these kids get these parts in films?" So she and dad took me to Sylvia Young's. And within a week I'd beaten a thousand kids to the part of Kurt in The Sound Of Music at Sadler's Wells. Then I played Jim Hawkins in Muppet Treasure Island, which was brilliant.

    • Kevin: I feel really nervous and a little bit like I'm not in control of my own life. I suppose, to a certain degree, Channel 4 own me now. I'm their bitch and happily being bitch-slapped. So my head at the moment is a little bit rabbit in the headlights.

    • Kevin: Everyone's game - the bigger they are, the fairer game they are for piss-taking, I think.

    • Kevin: I wouldn't rubbish Russ Abbot or Dick Emery at all because as a kid, I thought it was hilarious. Harry Hill was one of my favourites as well. But my comedies that I grew up on were The Fast Show, Harry Enfield and Chums, The Young Ones - I used to watch these on a loop all the time. And I think that I've got most of my comedy from the Paul Whitehouse-style. Though this is probably ten times faster than The Fast Show!

    • Kevin: The beauty of what we do in comparison with other sketch shows is that they have to craft a sketch and rewrite and redraft until it's presentable as a three-minute sketch with all the lines in the right places and it's been studied until they hate it. What we do is take an idea that we've just had and just make a sketch out of it - it keeps it so fresh. Even with simple jokes, once you visually get the build up, it still ends up being funny.

    • Kevin: We felt that a lot of the public were getting short-changed with sketch shows. The performances were brilliant quality but people were seeing the same joke told six times in a series and a lot of it was overlong.

    • Kevin: People who are close to me don't seem to realise the enormity of it, they just say "Isn't it great, you've got your own show!". They're right, it is great, but if it's rubbish, I'm rubbish.

    • Kevin: I'm really excited about it, but really terrified at the same time because it's such an enormous thing. It's called The Kevin Bishop Show as well, so it seems like I'm putting all my eggs in one basket. If it goes wrong, that's me finished!

    • Kevin: There's something about the character of Carter that's actually very likeable. Yes, he's a bit of a bastard, but he's pathologically honest, and I admire that about him.

    • Kevin: I think people think of me more as an impressionist. This isn't how I classify myself though – the stuff I do is more approximations than impressions.

    • Kevin: It's a shame that having a TV profile seems to give you precedence when it comes to casting, but that's just the way it is now - the producers have to get bums on seats somehow.

    • Kevin: I knew Neil LaBute for his film work, which I found a mixed bag, but I got ten pages into the play and told them I'd do any part – male or female!

    • Kevin: I met Mrs Andrew Ridgeley (ex-Bananarama singer Keren Woodward) at a wedding and she told me George Michael all but wet himself with laughter at the Star Stories about him.

    • Kevin: If it makes me laugh, I'll do it. That's the only criterion. We live in a society that gets more oppressive and politically correct with each passing day and I for one feel stifled by it. Comedy is the great icebreaker, after all. For all that it's got me into trouble, it's got me out of it more often than not.

    • Kevin: I can look a bit like lots of people.

    • Kevin: Personally, I don't 'get' jealousy at all. I don't have that component in my make-up.

    • Kevin: (On his school days) I just always was in trouble all the time. Never for anything sinister or bad, I hasten to add. But at school I spent more time standing outside classrooms than I did sitting in them. Either that, or waiting to see the headmaster.

    • Kevin: My first professional job was when I was 11, and it was The Sound of Music in Sadler's Wells. It was an open audition, and I remember thousands of kids there, and I remember towards the end of the day thinking "this must be over soon" and someone turned me around and introduced me to a reporter from Newsround. And from then I got an agent, and I suppose I've never really looked back.