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Mathew Horne

Mathew Horne
Born Mathew Frazer Horne
(1978-09-06) 6 September 1978 [1][2]
Nottingham, England
Education Southwell Minster School
Alma mater University of Manchester
Occupation Actor, stand-up comedian, television presenter, writer
Years active 2000–present
Television Gavin & Stacey
The Catherine Tate Show
Horne and Corden
Bad Education
"Roman's Empire"
Parents Brian Horne
Glenis Reynolds

Mathew Frazer Horne (born 6 September 1978) is an English actor, stand-up comedian, television presenter and narrator best known for appearing on several BBC sketch shows and sitcoms, most notably Gavin & Stacey portraying Gavin Shipman, The Catherine Tate Show, 20 Things to do Before You're 30, Teachers and Horne and Corden.[3] Horne has most recently appeared in the BBC Three comedy Bad Education.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Work with James Corden 3
  • Recognition and awards 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Horne was born in Nottingham[4] to Brian Horne and Glenis Reynolds and grew up in Burton Joyce.[5] Horne has an elder brother, Daniel, and attended Burton Joyce Primary School. He studied A level performing arts at Southwell Minster School, and a degree in drama at the University of Manchester.[6] Here, Horne met Bruce Mackinnon in the first few weeks of term; they realised that they shared a similar sense of humour, but did not write material together until the third year of their studies.[7]


Horne began his career as a stand-up comedian and later became one half of the comedy duo Mat and MacKinnon[8] – first performing at the Edinburgh Festival in 2000.[9] He was spotted at the festival by Catherine Tate who invited him to perform in The Catherine Tate Show.

In 2003, he starred in Channel 4's 20 Things to do Before You're 30 and a year later earned the role of Ben,[10] an atheist RE teacher, in the Channel 4 series Teachers.

He also appeared in the first series of ITV production Doc Martin. In 2005, Horne appeared in an episode of The Smoking Room, playing Dominic the nephew of Janet who was conducting a psychological study of the employees.

In 2007 he starred in the BBC sitcom Roman's Empire and in November that year appeared in comedy sketches in The Kylie Show on ITV1 alongside Kylie Minogue, playing her assistant.[11] Horne was also a guest star in the second series of Robin Hood.[12]

From 2007 to 2010 he starred in the double BAFTA winning series Gavin & Stacey as main character Gavin Shipman, a kind hearted man who falls in love after meeting his partner on the phone at work. The series, which received widespread critical acclaim, ran for three series including one Christmas special.

In 2008, Horne appeared in a modern adaptation of the Three Billy Goats Gruff as part of the BBC's Fairy Tales season.[13] He also narrated the ITV2 series The Passions of Girls Aloud.[14]

Horne starred in the film Lesbian Vampire Killers alongside James Corden[15] and made his stage debut in a 2009 revival of Entertaining Mr Sloane at the Trafalgar Studios.[16] On 3 April 2009 it was reported that Horne collapsed on-stage during a West End performance of the play.[17] He remained on-stage until medical assistance arrived, at which point he was taken to hospital. A statement released soon after said that he was exhausted after working 'flat out' for 3 months and it was later revealed that he was suffering from a virus.[18]

Horne also guest-starred in the video for The Maccabees' 2009 free-download single "No Kind Words"

On 18 February 2009, he presented the 2009 BRIT Awards alongside James Corden and Kylie Minogue.

In 2010, he appeared in an episode of Miss Marple, named "The Secret of Chimneys", as Bill Eversleigh. Horne appeared alongside fellow Gavin and Stacey star Ruth Jones.

He played the Worried About the Boy.[19]

Horne starred in the 2011 British live-action 3D family comedy film Horrid Henry the Movie, as the titular character's father.

Since 2012, Horne has starred in the comedy series Bad Education on BBC Three. He plays Fraser, the school's incompetent headmaster. Horne received generally positive feedback for his role in the series with many writing that he looks comfortable playing the character.

He also starred in the TV series Sinbad, playing Philippe.

In 2013, Horne appeared in series two, episode 7 of Death in Paradise

Horne is to appear as Roy in the upcoming Sky1 television film television film adaptation of the M. C. Beaton novel Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death.

Work with James Corden

Since working on the BBC sitcom Gavin and Stacey, he has collaborated a number of times with its co-creator James Corden[20]

Horne and Corden presented the Big Brother spin-off show Big Brother's Big Mouth[21] as guests in 2007 and were then regulars for the run covering E4's Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack

Together they presented the NME Shockwaves Awards[22] in 2008 and a section of Comic Relief in March 2009.

In 2008 Horne and Corden toured the UK with a stand-up show in preparation for their BBC sketch show Horne & Corden.[23] The first episode was broadcast on 10 March 2009 shown on BBC Three. It was presented in front of a live audience, in a style reminiscent of Morecambe and Wise or The Two Ronnies. A variety of pre-filmed sketches and live performances were included.

2009 also saw the release of [26] Allan Hunter of the Daily Express called it "badly written and hastily executed" and "takes all the easy options of bad taste, bosoms and body fluids".[27] Anthony Quin writing in The Independent gave the film 1 star out of 5, describing it as woeful and stating that Horne and Corden had "overstretched their appeal" and looked "in danger" of becoming today's Hale and Pace.[28] Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian described the film as "mostly pretty awful, but there are one or two crass laughs."[29]

The Sun, however, gave it a positive review; Sun reviewer the Sneak gave Lesbian Vampire Killers (LVK) a rating of 3 out of 5 saying "other reviewers will undoubtedly say that LVK is another British comic flop but the Sneak won't be driving that stake into its heart."[30] Similarly, Nicholas Yanes of found Lesbian Vampire Killers to be a great "B film" worth becoming a cult classic.[31]

Whilst on the comedy panel show "The King is Dead" in September 2010, star James Corden commented that watching the film would be too harsh a punishment for prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay and that it was "a pile of shit."[32]

Horne appeared alongside Corden in the CGI film Planet 51, with a minor part voicing a soldier, Vesklin.

Recognition and awards

Horne was nominated for Best Male Comedy Newcomer at the 2007 British Comedy Awards.[33]


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  8. ^ "Mat and Mackinnon". comedy cv. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "Mat and Mackinnon's description : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". Chortle. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "Teachers". Channel 4. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  11. ^ "Biz ruined chances with Kylie". London: The Sun. 13 February 2008. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
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  13. ^ Michael Deacon Published: 12:01AM GMT 5 Jan 2008 Comments (5 January 2008). "Once upon a time...". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  14. ^ EPisodeWorld. "The Passions of...Girls Aloud (2008) Episode Guide". EPisodeWorld. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  15. ^ "Mathew Horne (Worried About The Boy, Lesbian Vampire Killers, Gavin And Stacey – Series 3 and Horne And Corden – Series 1) – news, photos, filmography, rent DVDs from". Lovefilm. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  16. ^ "Entertaining Mr Sloane tickets by Joe Orton starring Imelda Staunton, Mathew Horne at Trafalgar Studios London – Tickets for Entertaining Mr Sloane". Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  17. ^ "Mathew Horne collapses on stage". BBC News. 3 April 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  18. ^ "Mathew Horne back in play after suffering onstage collapse". London: Telegraph. 7 April 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  19. ^ In summer 2011, Mathew Horne will play the role of Henry's father in Horrid Henry: The Movie. "Two Programmes – Worried About the Boy". BBC. 16 May 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  20. ^ Telegraph Interview with James Corden.
  21. ^ 12 August 2008 (12 August 2008). "Big Brother's Big Mouth: Corden and Horne : TV Scoop". Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  22. ^ "Recap from Shockwave NME Awards | James Corden Fan Site". 29 February 2008. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  23. ^ "Horne & Corden – BBC3 Sketch Show – British Comedy Guide". Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  24. ^ "Critics maul lesbian vampire film". BBC. 20 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  25. ^ "Lesbian Vampire Killers Reviews".  
  26. ^ Christopher, James. "Lesbian Vampire Killers review", The Times, 2009-03-19. Retrieved on 2009-03-20.
  27. ^ Hunter, Allan. "Lesbian Vampire Killers", Daily Express, 2009-03-20. Retrieved on 2009-03-20.
  28. ^ Quinn, Anthony. "Lesbian Vampire Killers (15)", The Independent, 2009-03-20. Retrieved on 2009-03-20
  29. ^ Lesbian Vampire Killers, The Guardian, 2009-03-20. Retrieved on 2009-03-21
  30. ^ "Vamps a bite of alright", The Sun, 2009-03-19. Retrieved on 2009-03-20
  31. ^ "In Review: Lesbian Vampire Killers". 21 April 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  32. ^ "BBC Three - The King is Dead, The President of the USA". 6 September 2010. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  33. ^ "Gavin and Stacey leads Comedy Award nominations – News – British Comedy Guide". 7 November 2007. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 

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