CHRIS ADDISON (Director) is a critically acclaimed, Perrier
Award-nominated stand-up, celebrated for
his versatility, his pacey, energetic routines and faultless delivery. A
renowned actor, Addison's most
notable role was as Oliver Reeder for the four-series run of The Thick of It and
as Toby Wright in the
subsequent feature, In The Loop.
In recent years, he has proved himself as a director, after thirteen episodes
of the Emmy-award
winning Veep (HBO) under his belt, following his successful direction of an
episode of The Thick of It.
Established now in this field, 2017 saw him back in Los Angeles at the helm of
an episode of Fox's Fresh
Off the Boat and two episodes of NBC's Playing House. Addison has become one of
the few British
directing talents working for an American studio.
In 2015, Addison won an Emmy for his role as Co-Exec Producer on the fourth
series of Veep, followed
by a second win in 2016 as Supervising Producer on the fifth. Furthermore, in
2016, he won the
Director's Guild Award for director of a comedy series for the finale of the
fourth season of the show
and has been Emmy-nominated twice for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
(season four finale
in 2015; and the premiere of season five in 2016).
As well as producing and directing, he also has an impressive array of
writing credits to his name.
Chris worked on Veep from the second to fifth series. In Spring 2014, Addison
starred in new
comedy Trying Again (Sky Living), which he co-created with Simon Blackwell. He
played the lead role
opposite Jo Joyner in this charming sitcom about a couple trying to mend their
relationship after an
affair. Addison is currently writing various other exciting projects, all in
Along with Trying Again in 2014, at the end of the same year Chris appeared
in three episodes of Doctor
Who (BBC 1), including the finale, alongside Peter Capaldi in his debut series
as the Twelfth Doctor. The
previous year saw Addison starring in Michael Winterbottom's film The Look of
Love, alongside Steve
Coogan and Anna Friel: an impressive biopic about the life of porn and property
baron Paul Raymond,
released in April 2013. Addison returned to our screens as Olly for a fourth
series of The Thick of It (BBC
2) in 2012, for which he received a British Comedy Award nomination for Best
Newcomer. This was
followed by his big screen debut in Academy Award nominated In The Loop, an
exciting, fast paced
political comedy that looks at what happens when the people in power realize
their careers are on the
line. Addison also featured in the fourth, fifth and sixth series of Skins (E4)
as headmaster David Blood.
Outside of these various projects, Addison has been involved with the Royal
Opera House, performing
in L'Etoile in 2016 and introducing Shostakovich's The Nose in the same year,
and in early June 2017 he
appeared on BBC Radio 3's Essential Classics for a week. In March 2018, he will
be seen hosting
the Glyndebourne Opera Cup on Sky Arts alongside opera singer Danielle de Niese.
From 2010-14, Addison was a regular panelist on Mock The Week (BBC 2),
solidifying his household
name status as a comedian. In 2011 he hosted an episode of Dave's One Night
Stand and authored an
episode of My Funniest Year for Channel 4. Addison released his first DVD Chris
Addison LIVE in Autumn
2011 before going on tour with his new live show The Time is Now, Again, the
second leg of which
extended into 2012. His previous live shows in Edinburgh were sell-out
successes, with Perrier Award
nominations for his 2004 and 2005 shows.
Addison has made various other TV appearances, including 8 Out of 10 Cats
does Countdown (Channel
4), Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled (Dave), Live at the Apollo (BBC1), Friday Night
with Jonathan Ross (BBC1),
QI (BBC2), Would I Lie To You (BBC1), The Great British Bake-Off: An Extra Slice
(BBC2), 8 Out of 10
Cats (Channel 4), Insert Name Here (BBC2) and We Love Sitcom (BBC1). He has also
as a panelist, and as a host, on Have I Got News For You (BBC 1) and he also
hosted the comedy chat
show Show and Tell (E4) in 2011.
Addison's radio experience is also extensive, hosting 7 Day Sunday until 2011
on Radio 5 Live. He also
hosted The Sunday Night Show on Absolute while covering for usual presenter Iain
Lee. He also appears
regularly on shows such as The News Quiz, Quote Unquote, The Unbelievable Truth,
Just a Minute, and
Armando Ianucci's Charm Offensive.
Addison's talent as a writer was fully established by his sitcom Lab Rats for
BBC 2, which he wrote and
starred in. He has also written two books: Cautionary Tales for Grown Ups and It
Wasn't Me. His further
television writing credits include: Harry Hill's TV Burp (ITV1) and TFI Friday
(Channel 4). He won a Sony
Radio Academy Award in 2006 for his radio show The Ape That Got Lucky (Radio 4)
and enjoyed critical
acclaim as one third of comedy show The Department (Radio 4).
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