Steve Pemberton

Steve Pemberton


9/1/1967, Blackburn, Lancashire, England

Birth Name

Steve James Pemberton


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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Steve graduated from Bretton Hall Drama College with a BA(Hons) in Theatre Arts.

    • Steve has accused advertising executives from the Bounty kitchen towel advertisements of copying off one of his The League of Gentlemen characters, The transsexual taxi driver Barbara.

    • Radio performances:

      Kellogg's cereal Advert (2003),
      Advert for Vauxhall Motors (2003),
      Toyota Motors Advert,
      On The Town with The League of Gentlemen (BBC Radio 4 - 1997).

    • In 2007 Steve was the narrator for the Rocky Horror Picture Show stage production in the Playhouse Theatre, London.

    • Steve attended St. Michael's CE High School in Chorley, Lancashire.

    • Steve stands at 5'9" (175cm) tall.

    • Steve currently resides in North London with his girlfriend Alison and their three children, Lucas (8), Madeleine (5) and Adam (2).

    • Theatre performances: (Production - Role)

      606 Theatre - Founder Member,
      A Slight Ache, Macbeth,
      A Midsummer Night's Dream, Traffichearts,
      The League Of Gentlemen (1995-1999) - Various leads/Writer,
      Debt Wish Live (1999) - Writer/Performer,
      A Local Show For Local People (2000-2001) - Various lead/Writer,
      ART (2002-2003) - Marc,
      The League Of Gentlemen Are Behind You Tour (2005) - Various leads/Writer,
      The Exonerated (2006),
      The Rocky Horror Show (2006).

    • Steve, along with The League of Gentlemen co-stars Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith and Jeremy Dyson, won the Perrier award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1997.

    • Steve studied theatre arts at Bretton Hall Drama College situated in Leeds, UK. This is where he met Reece Shearsmith, Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson, together they formed The League of Gentlemen in 1995.

  • Quotes

    • Steve: (On his famous mobile phone contacts) I always get excited at the Ds, as I've got David Tennant, David Walliams and David Morrissey. A lot of Davids. And Dawn French. It's not like I'm on the phone to them all the time, but I figure that if my phone ever gets stolen, they'll think, 'Isn't he well connected?'.

    • Steve: (On his worst holiday experience) I went to Egypt when I was a student. We ate at a hotel buffet where the food was left out a bit too long. The next day we took a bus to a tourist attraction and I was very ill. I told the driver I needed the toilet, he pointed me to a brick sh**house in the distance. I ran to it. It was like a serial killer's dungeon but I didn't care. I made it in time but it was a horrible experience.

    • Steve: (On playing himself in The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse movie) That was the hardest to write, certainly. We experimented with different ways of writing ourselves. We suggested giving ourselves different names so it wouldn't be so difficult - but at the back of your mind you know that 'Kevin' is really you. So yeah, we struggled with that.

    • Steve: (On his favourite form of new media) I use IMDb quite a lot: if you've got an audition for a certain director, you can see what they've done. Ordinarily I don't do much browsing; I tend to know what I'm looking for. But I do use it to do my child's homework. If, for example, you have to choose a plant and write about it, where do you start? I don't know anything about plants.

    • Steve: (On his worst moment on stage) Doing the play Art. When you forget your lines in a comedy the audience loves it but they don't when it's a serious drama. There's an awful silence where you realise: 'They're not with me on this.' I went completely blank just before I had to deliver a three-page speech about why I didn't like a painting. Mark Gatiss ended up delivering my speech as if he was asking me a question and we covered it up. It was a terrifying moment.

    • Steve: (On his favourite television shows) Depressingly American. I love Lost - I've seen every episode. The surprises and twists just give you enough to think "Oh, could it be this? Could it be that?" I can't give up on it 'cause there are so few shows that allow the audience to lag so far behind. I've just finished watching every episode of The West Wing, which is astonishing, and then there's Dexter, Damages...

    • Steve: (On the worst job he has ever had) Collecting glasses in the Bowling Green pub in Lancashire. People were vicious. If I tried to pick a glass up that had a third of an inch of foam at the bottom they'd stab a cigarette on my hand and say: 'Oi! That's not finished! Leave it!'.

    • Steve: (On the unseasonal storms when filming Benidorm) There were floods, there were times when we looked out the window and Mike, who plays our son, would say 'Oh look! There's our lunch going down the street' and all the catering tables, the chairs and food were being washed away.

    • Steve: (On Doctor Who (2005)) It's fantastic, although I find myself thinking, 'I can't believe this is aimed at children.' I had to read the script three times to get my head around it. The adoration the show gets is incredible.