Rik Mayall

Rik Mayall


Harlow, Essex



Birth Name

Richard Michael Mayall



Also Known As

Kevin Turvey, Mad Gerald
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Rik was born in 1958 in Harlow, Essex. His parents, Gillian and John taught drama professionally, and Rik appeared in their plays as a child. When he was three, Mayall and his parents moved to Redditch, Worcestershire, where he spent the rest of his childhood. He studied drama…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 1997, Rik won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance playing Toad on The Willows in Winter.

    • His show The New Statesman has won the International Emmy (1989), the BAFTA Best Comedy Series (1990) and the Special Craft Gold Medal for Best Performer and Narrator at the International Film and Television Festival (1991).

    • In 2008, Rik provided the narration for children's stage show The Big Ugly Monster, at The Playhouse in Weston.

    • Rik received Honorary Degrees from the following institutions:

      University of Worcester, MA for his major contribution to society (2007).
      Exeter University, in honour of his contribution to comedy (2008).

    • In 2006, Rik provided the voice-over talent for Playstation 2 game Hogs of War.

    • Following the 2003 Bottom: Live tour Bottom 5: Weapons Grade Y-Fronts, Mayall stated that he and Edmondson would return with another tour. Shortly thereafter, however, Edmondson told The Daily Mail that he no longer wished to work on Bottom. This effectively dissolved their nearly 30-year partnership. Edmondson claimed they were "too old" to continue portraying the characters.

    • In the 2005 poll The Comedian's Comedian, Mayall was voted among the top 50 comedy performers of all time.

    • In 2002, a UK cinema chain banned an anti-Euro currency advertisement in which Rik Mayall dresses up as Adolf Hitler.

    • Rik was arrested in 1995 after a joke that went wrong. He took home some props from "Cell Mates", a theatre play which he was starring in. Some items included prop guns. Rik pointed one of the guns at some nearby American tourists and said, "do you want some of this, motherf**ker?" He was released after 6 hours in a cell and was forced to make a public apology.

    • Rik played Peeves the Poltergeist in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, but was cut out during editing.

    • Rik played the role of a private detective in the "Peter Gunn's Theme" music video by The Art Of Noise, in which he dances and chases a woman around.

    • Rik Mayall starred in a TV drama series for ITV entitled All about George in 2005.

  • Quotes

    • Rik: One of my hobbies is people-watching. I love to sit outside a cafe watching people go by. I use things that I see in different characters that I play.

    • Rik: Making people laugh is still a thrill for me. It's got to be the best job in the world - after Kylie Minogue's thong adjuster.

    • Rik: I've always been a populist. I do stuff that makes me laugh. You have to surrender to it, and if you do you'll have a good time. Most comedians do it because they need to laugh as well, for whatever reason.

    • Rik: It hasn't happened to me yet, but I would now take a job simply to earn money for my family.

    • Rik: I was always a show-off and liable to get over-excited. But I have got it under control. I now find people who can't control their energy very funny.

    • Rik: Acting is the only think I could ever do. It was considered quite wild that I was going to do a drama degree.

    • Rik: I'm not trying to do anything spectacular except to change the fabric of our society and bring down the Government.

    • Rik: I'm a difficult person to interview. Everything I have to say is in my performance. I don't like to give too much away.

    • (After waking up from a coma and seeing the doctor)
      Rik: So you're the bastard that keeps sticking needles onto me!

  • A genius gone too soon!

    So sad, Rik passed yesterday. He was a genius of comedy and will be missed. Great writer, actor & comedian, RIP
  • Rik Mayall is a comedy god.

    My first experience of Rik Mayall was in the TV series "The Young Ones" as Rick the student, for many this is his best known character. The next role that stood out for me was in the series "Bottom", this was a massive hit and feature so much mindless violence that sometime you couldn't watch. Rik seems to bloom when in situational comedy roles, give the man a prop and he will work it in so many different ways. I think that the best way i can describe his on-screen presence is "manic" he puts so much effort into every role he does and he does it well.moreless